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Gregory A. Corliss Sr.

Jan 8, 2016

The Corliss family lost Gregory A. Corliss Sr. on Dec. 23, 2015.

Born April 14, 1930, Dad was one of three children raised by their parents, A.H. Corliss, an Army Calvary doctor and Mary Jones Corliss, his wife. The family traveled extensively all over the world.

Dad graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 1952. He then married Carolyn Angel, and was also commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the USMC. Dad’s Marine Corps career spanned over 33 years with retirement from active duty in 1985. As a Marine pilot, he served world wide in numerous Marine Corps aircraft, and postings including Korea and Vietnam.

After Marine Corps retirement as a major general, Dad discovered Shepherdstown. He and Mom built two farms from 1988 to 2000 with our final residence at “Finally” in Shenandoah Junction. His many interests include an active herd of Black Angus, a producing vineyard, his shooting group, Trinity Church, and two terms as county commissioner.

Dad is survived by his second wife, Pearl Perkins Corliss; his son, Greg Corliss Jr.; daughter, Mary Noble; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Dad was never one to be idle, enjoying all he did with passion and a drive for excellence. Though he did not hesitate to let you know where he stood on an issue, yet he possessed the ability to bring people together, to work for the good of the community.

Doing the right thing and service were hallmarks of his life.

Dad was always actively engaged in everything he did, and will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown.