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Paul G. McCorvey (1959) Passes Away

Thursday, June 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Paul Gehrig McCorvey died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at age 82. He was born July 9, 1936 in Albany, Georgia to Levi Ivey and Mabel Shirley McCorvey. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Helen Elizabeth Kiser, and his son, Mike and his wife Liz, and his two grandchildren, Christian Blake of Jacksonville, Florida, and Leyna Madison Hulett and her husband Caleb of Oceanside, California, and his son, Christopher Blair and his wife, Shirley Deya of Coolidge , Georgia, and his great­-grandson, William Gray Hulett. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Raymond McCorvey, of Rock Tavern, New York.

Paul McCorvey graduated from Albany High School in 1954, the last class at the school's Jefferson Street residence. He was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church, which ordained him as a minister. He attended Mars Hill Junior College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, and graduated in 1959 from Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee. His senior year he formed a revival team with Emory Register, and they held meetings in middle Tennessee and one in Cincinnati, Ohio. Register preached and Paul did the special music. His wife, Helen, graduated from Belmont in June 1960, and they were married August 14, in Albany. He taught high school for 10 years at Franklin High in Franklin, Tennessee, at Albany High, at Worth County High in Sylvester, Georgia and at Westover High in Albany.

He left Westover to become Sports Editor of The Albany Herald in June 1969, a position he held until December 1992. He earned six first-place state Associated Press awards in writing, one second-place award in photography and one first-place award in writing from United Press International in his career. He was a member of the Georgia Sportswriters Association and the Associated Press National Association of Sportswriters. He served on the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Board three years.

Following his career at The Albany Herald, he worked as a technical writer and instructor for the Economic Development arm of the Albany Technical Institute for four ­and-a-half years. He worked part-time as a Public Relations Director for the Worth County School System for two-and-a-half years before retiring at the end of June 2001. He and Helen moved to Manchester in July of that year. He began working part-time for Grimes Publications in 2003. He covered meetings of the City Councils of Manchester, Greenville and Woodbury and meetings of the Meriwether County Board of Education. He covered special events and he wrote a column that appeared in several of the Grimes Publication weeklies.

He was an avid tennis player. He wrote 33 poems the Online Poets' Workshop and had one published in "Birds and Blooms" magazine. He also had a tremendous love for music and sang with the Albany Community Chorus as well as performed solo at churches where he was a member. He had a passion for the University of Notre Dame. He followed all of its sports teams with a fervor and truly bled Blue and Gold. His greatest joy, however, was making people laugh and smile. Like his namesake, Lou Gehrig, he always said that he considered himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

He and Helen are members of the First Baptist Church in Columbus. He sacrificed all for those he loved. He forgave as he wished to be forgiven. He loved as he knew he was loved by God.


My God is close beside me, Warming my cold world with His love.

Comforting me on every painful step.

Gently brushing away the blurs from these weakened eyes.

I rest in His strength.

With my hand in His, I feel no fear.

I am at peace with myself Because He loves me.

I am not worthy of His presence.

I can only trust in His mercy And marvel at His grace, And thank Him for loving me.

Paul McCorvey

Cox Funeral Home-Manchester

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