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Francis N. McCorkle

A funeral service to honor the life of Francis Nolan McCorkle, Jr. M.D., 90, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, today, January 3, 2017 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.  Rev. David Weaver and Rev. Steve Patterson will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church or Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

Dr. McCorkle, widower of Betty Lou Ivey McCorkle, died Thursday, December 29, 2016. He was born on April 16, 1926 in Camden, SC, the son of the late Francis N. McCorkle, Sr. and Mildred Goodale McCorkle. After his 1943 graduation from Camden High School, he attended the University of South Carolina for a semester before joining the US Army in 1944, serving in Europe. Shortly after his 19th birthday in 1945, he was serving with the regiments that liberated Dachau concentration camp. After the War he returned to USC and completed his undergraduate degree in three years. Dr. Mac entered the Medical University of South Carolina and earned his M.D. in 1953. He then interned in Cincinnati, followed by a residency of Internal Medicine at MUSC, and received a National Institutes of Health grant for a year of cardiology fellowship. In 1957 he married Betty Lou Ivey and began his Camden practice. He was also Camden Military Academy’s school physician beginning in 1958 for over 50 years. He had a lifelong passion for reading, for acquiring medical knowledge, and an impeccable memory. Dr. Mac faithfully served generations of many local families and was still in his office seeing patients into December 2016, a legendary career of nearly 60 years.

Dr. Mac was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church and also attended Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. As a young man, Mac played trumpet with a jazz band. He was also gifted at playing the piano by ear, enjoying big band jazz and complex chords. All who knew him experienced his unique brand of wit and humor. Dr. Mac was an avid fisherman, and perhaps the only fisherman who consistently wore a necktie. 

He is survived by his sons, Trey (Jan) and Phillip (Beth); grandson, Joey, a sophomore at Clemson University; and granddaughter Kelly, who is a senior at Wofford College and will attend MUSC College of Dental Medicine in 2017; and his special friend, Marietta Gordon.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

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