Official Obituary of

Carol Ann Corley

November 20, 1935 ~ March 13, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Carol Ann Corley Obituary

Graveside service for Carol Ann Corley, 88 of Nacogdoches will be held at 2pm on Monday, March 18, 2024 at Sunset Memorial Park with Rev. Freddie Bird officiating.  

 Carol Ann Crawford Birmingham Corley was born November 20,1935 in Nacogdoches, Texas to John Crisp and Annette Cochran Crawford. She was married to Marvin Franklin Birmingham from 1953-1973 and bore 2 children, John and Gail.

She was married to Major Burkley Lavon (Buster) Corley from 1979 until his death in 1995.

She is survived by 5 grandchildren: Michael Dolese and wife, Samantha, Joel Liles, and Amy Bird and husband Freddie, Christopher Birmingham and Lindsey Birmingham.

She has 9 great-grandchildren: Chris and Jeremy Liles; Caleb, Elijah, Anna and Joseph Bird; and Jesse, Ivy and James Dolese.

She also has 3 adorable new great-great granddaughters : Addie Liles, Abriella Bird and Emmagail Bird.

Carol Ann was a doting, wonderfully sweet mother and homemaker who loved her family, her church and her friends with all of her heart.

Her father, a gifted musician, encouraged her very early interest in music, and she began developing piano skills at age 3. It was clear in those early years that this was a special and God-given talent.This began the discovery and development of what became lifelong expressions of beautiful feeling and passion through music. In her developmental years, she was tutored by the incomparable Mamie Middlebrook.

By age 12, Carol Ann began playing piano for First Baptist Church, taking over the bench from her grandmother, Jesse Crawford. She continued for more than 20 years with both the church and University related ensembles. Her skills as a pianist were well known throughout Nacogdoches and surrounding counties. She also played with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Over the years she memorized and arranged hundreds of musical scores…classical, spiritual and popular…which she seemed always to recall even after her memory for most other things had failed.

A very special time was in the early 1970s when The Sound Generation developed with Earl Davis. She had such fun with that group! Dr Robert Graves was pastor at that time and the Spirit in the church was very much alive and active throughout the University and the Nacogdoches community overall.

Carol Ann’s favorite childhood stories were about her wonderful times at Camp Mystic and about antics and friendships with a group of uniquely close friends from her earliest school days and even before. She dearly loved these women and deeply treasured their friendships.

Carol Ann lived a beautiful Christian life and though we gather today to say goodbye, her spirit is in Heaven and is joining with her beloved mother and father, and also with her friends that have gone before. I can see them all now…. Singing and dancing with Jesus…Carol Ann, of course, is at the piano.

In the words of the final hymn she was hearing as she passed from this life….Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus!

She will be greatly missed!

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Graveside Service
March 18, 2024

2:00 PM
Sunset Memorial Park, Nacogdoches


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