George W. McCorkle, known as Buddy, age 79, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at his home after years of heart trouble and most recently, pancreatic cancer.
Funeral Services for Buddy will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2021, at Faith Baptist Church with Pastor Russell Williams officiating; private family burial will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. The service is being streamed at www.faithbaptistbwd.church. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Buddy was born on November 16, 1941, to Olise Edward “Smokey” McCorkle and Nancy Ellen (Allen) McCorkle in Arkansas. Buddy married Dorris McDonald in 1959; they had two children, Deidra Holland and Bud McCorkle. In 1968, he married Patsy Ferguson who preceded him in death in 1996. They adopted their granddaughter, Amber. He married the love of his life, Sandra Hosch, in 1999 at Brownwood High School where they both taught.
Buddy had a multitude of work talents. He managed J.R. Beadel Grocery, owned a service station, was a construction foreman for Brabbin, worked in Alaska’s Oilfields and owned Buddy’s Muffler and Brake in Brownwood before his career as the Auto Tech teacher at Brownwood High School, where he retired in 2002.
Buddy enjoyed restoring antique cars, but he is best known for owning a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. He was a Christian man who loved the Lord. A member of Faith Baptist Church for 50 years, he served as treasurer and usher for 40 years. Buddy influenced countless lives, not just those of his students, but endless numbers of children in children’s church. His greatest desire was for all people to accept Jesus as their Savior, to talk with the Lord daily and to serve Him.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Sandra McCorkle of Brownwood; children: Deidra Holland and husband Jeff of Spicewood, Bud McCorkle and wife Angela of Priddy, Amber Dalleh and husband David, Trish Lehman, Bryan Hosch, Eric McCorkle and wife Elizabeth, all of Brownwood; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; mother of 2 of his children, Dorris McDonald Willis of Marble Falls; and a special brother-in-law, Eddie Garner of Canyon. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, a larger family of cousins, other relatives, and his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, “Smokey” and Nancy McCorkle; 2 children, Michielyn Bly and Lydia Hill; his brother, Grady McCorkle; and his previous wife, Patsy McCorkle.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Memory of Buddy McCorkle to the mission fund at Faith Baptist Church, (P.O. Box 189 Brownwood TX 76801), or to Alpha Omega Hospice. Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.