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Doris Fay Moore McCorkle, age 82, of Memphis, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 in Knoxville, where she had lived since 2010, following the death of her husband of 58 years, John Harris McCorkle.
She was a resident of Bartlett, Tenn., from 1963 to 2010. Mrs. McCorkle was born in Shelby County, graduated from Bolton High School and earned a full scholarship to Draughon’s Business College.
For many years, she enjoyed her career in Memphis as a legal secretary with private law firms, eventually leaving her role at Evans, Petree, Cobb and Edwards to serve in the U.S. Attorney’s Office during the Carter administration. She later joined the legal department of the U.S. Postal Service, where she was a paralegal, specializing in labor relations until her retirement in 2007 at the age of 77.
She was a charter member of Temple Terrace Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla., where she had served as the first church secretary.
Mrs. McCorkle’s career was important to her, but as she would tell everyone, her greatest accomplishments were caring for her family and providing for her daughters’ educations. She was a wonderful cook, a talented seamstress and a willing helper on school projects. She actively served as president of the Elmore Park P.T.A., secretary of the Bartlett High School Band Parents Association and, more recently, as secretary of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association.
In addition, she supported various organizations throughout the years in their charitable collection efforts, always using this opportunity to keep in touch with her neighbors.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. McCorkle was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Elizabeth Howell Moore, who passed away in 2001, her father, Robert Luke Moore, who passed away in 1932 and a nephew, Ronnie Moore.
Survivors include three daughters: Donna Hunter and husband, John, Unicoi, Emma Jo Kauffman and husband, John, Brentwood, and Alice Simpson and husband, Dr. Michael Simpson, Knoxville; four grandchildren, John Frank Hunter II and wife, Rhiannon, Johnson City, Robert Clark Kauffman, Atlanta, Mary Emma Kauffman, New York City, and Hannah Elizabeth Simpson, Knoxville; two great-granddaughters: Rachel Claire Hunter and Ryann Cate Hunter; twin brother: Robert Howell Moore and his wife, Beauton, Brighton; two brothers-in-law: Joseph Edwin McCorkle and wife, Vi, Katy, Texas and Minor Gillespie McCorkle and wife, Robin, Lexington, Ky. and five nieces and four nephews.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Griffin Chapel at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Brunswick, Tenn. The Rev. Troy Ann Poulopoulos officiated. Family and friends attending the service served as pallbearers. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery immediately followed the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mrs. McCorkle’s favorite charity, Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the McCorkle family through a complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel was in charge.