Martin L. (Charlie) Corriher, 86, of Statesville, NC passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 8, 2012 after a brief illness.
He was born in Landis, NC, to Ester Beaver Corriher and Claude L. Corriher on November 10, 1925. Martin’s mother died when he was 19 days old and he was raised as a foster child by a loving uncle and aunt, George and Laura Corriher of Landis.
After graduating from Landis High School in 1943, he volunteered for service in World War II and joined the Air Division of the US Navy. Martin proudly served our country as a radioman and gunner in the South Pacific on a torpedo bomber. Based on Okinawa, he also served aboard a naval seaplane as a member of Rescue Squadron 9 covering allied fighter strikes over Japan. Martin was awarded an Air Medal for his heroic actions and multiple battle stars for his service.
Upon returning home to North Carolina, Martin attended Catawba College and graduated with degrees in Business, History and Economics. After several years as a restaurateur, Martin moved his family to Statesville in 1954 and purchased City Wholesale Company. He was owner and manager of his company for thirty-four years. In addition, Martin earned his real estate license at Mitchell Community College and had a successful ten year sales career in Statesville. Martin loved his country and state passionately. He served on the North Carolina Senior Citizen Association Board of Directors for thirteen years, as well.
Martin was an active member of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville. Over a period of many years, he served in a variety of roles including Administrative Board member, Staff Parrish Committee member, and President of the Christian Family Sunday School Class. He was a long standing member of the Christian Forum Sunday School Class.
As an avid golfer, Martin treasured his time on the course and routinely had tales of glory from his weekly rounds with friends. Memories of Martin will always include his captivating smile and unconditional friendships. Integrity, honesty and compassion were professional and personal character traits throughout his lifetime. Martin was a generous, kind soul with a loving heart and infectious optimism.
Martin was preceded in death by sisters Ruth Lambert of Landis, Mabel Caiazza of Salisbury, Helen Starnes of China Grove and brother, Arthur Corriher of Landis. In addition he was preceded in death by foster sister, Virgina Miller, foster brothers Frank C. Corriher and Kyle Corriher, all of Landis.
Martin is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Patsy McCombs Corriher. In addition Martin leaves behind sons Douglas A. Corriher and his daughter, Emily Corriher, of Greenwood, SC; Martin R. Corriher, of Raleigh, NC; Charles M. Corriher and his wife, Kathy Corriher, and their son, Austin Corriher, of Waxhaw, NC; and daughter, Tamra C. Hicks and her husband, Darrell Hicks, and their son William Hicks, of Advance, NC.
The family wishes to recognize the care provided by Dr. Bayard Powell of Wake Forest-Baptist Hospital, as well as, Dr. Pamela Sholar and Dr. Henry Walters of Statesville. The compassion provided by these clinicians and their staff has been exemplary. Of special note, Martin’s family would also like to personally thank Mr. Greg Richmond for his caring service.
A memorial service will be held at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM. Burial with full military honors will follow in Oakwood Cemetery at 4:30 PM. The family will receive visitors immediately following the memorial service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in Martin’s honor be made to the Broad Street United Methodist Church Christian Forum Class, 315 West Broad Street Statesville, NC, or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Carolina, 4530 Park Road, Suite 240, Charlotte, NC, 28209, 704-705-1850.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com
Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Martin L. (Charlie) Corriher.