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Dennis Austin Corley

March 6, 1953 — March 5, 2024

Dennis Austin Corley, known affectionately as Dennis to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2024, just one day shy of his 71st birthday. Born on March 6, 1953, in Monticello, New York, Dennis was a man whose warm presence and friendly demeanor touched the lives of many around him. His final days were spent in Greenville, South Carolina, surrounded by the love and care of his family.

Dennis is survived by his devoted wife, Patricia A. Corley, his step-daughter Dawn McCallops, and step-son Robert Conklin. He was a cherished brother to Steve and Jeffrey Corley, and his sister Barbara O'Neal, married to Denis. His life was further enriched by the joy of several nephews and one niece, all of whom he adored deeply. Dennis's family was the cornerstone of his life, and his love for them was evident in every smile and every act of kindness he bestowed.

After completing high school, Dennis discovered his passion for automobiles and chose a career that reflected his interests. He spent many years working as a car mechanic, a profession where his skills were greatly valued. His work was not merely a job but a vocation where he could express his love for engines and the intricacies of automotive repair. Dennis's colleagues respected him for his expertise and his ability to brighten the workshop with his spirited nature.

Outside of work, Dennis's interests were varied and reflected his zest for life. He was an avid NASCAR fan, relishing the thrill of the race and the roar of the engines. Watching car auctions was another pastime that captivated him, as he appreciated the beauty and history behind every vehicle. His home was often filled with the sound of hymns, a testament to his deep faith and love for singing.

Dennis also found great pleasure in the outdoors, particularly when he was working with his John Deere tractor. Tending to his land brought him immense satisfaction, and he took pride in maintaining his property with the same care and precision he applied to his mechanical work.

Those who knew Dennis would describe him as a loving, friendly, and spirited man. His approach to life was one of kindness and generosity, always ready to lend a hand or offer a word of support. His absence will be profoundly felt by not only his family but by the community that had the privilege of experiencing his warmth and goodwill.

As we bid farewell to Dennis Austin Corley, we celebrate the legacy of a life well-lived—a life filled with love, laughter, and the pursuit of passions. His story does not end here, as he leaves behind a tapestry of memories that will be cherished and recounted by all who were lucky enough to be part of his journey.

Dennis's life will be honored in a service that reflects the joy he brought to the world. The service will be held at a place he held dear, where friends and family can come together to share stories, sing hymns, and remember a man whose spirit was as enduring as the engines he loved to fix.

In his passing, Dennis leaves behind a model of how to live with grace, how to work with passion, and how to love with all one's heart. He will be deeply missed, but his influence will continue to resonate in the lives of those he touched. Rest in peace, Dennis, and thank you for the beautiful memories
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