Betty Davis Corley, 73, of Denton passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 following a lengthy illness. She was born June 22, 1940 in Knox City, Texas to John Thomas Davis, Jr. and Elsie Sharp Davis.
Betty was raised in Throckmorton where she developed a talent for music, earning medals in solo and ensemble contests on the alto saxophone. She also played the piano by ear and was the center of many family gatherings.
After graduating as valedictorian of the Throckmorton High School class of 1958, Betty enrolled at Texas Tech University. During her college years, she represented Zeta Tau Alpha in the Miss Lubbock Contest and graduated from Tech in 1962 with a Bachelor's degree in business education.
Betty married Richard Quinn Corley on August 18, 1962 and began a teaching career with the Dallas Independent School District. After her daughter, Gayla, was born in 1967, Betty retired from teaching to be a homemaker, and in 1972, moved to Denton. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and participated in such charitable organizations as the Denton Benefit League and the Denton Ariel Club. On May 25, 2009, Betty was honored by the Texas Senate by Resolution No. 1001 for her civic accomplishments and exemplary citizenship.
Betty is survived by her husband, Richard, of Denton; daughter and son-in-law, Gayla and Jeff Pruett of San Antonio; Lauren Pruett of Plano; Stephen Pruett of Austin; sister, Johnna Davis Weatherbee of Lubbock and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will occur on Sunday, April 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Denton with funeral services on Monday, April 14 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Denton. A private burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Denton in memory of Betty Davis Corley.
Condolences may be sent to the Corley family at www.mulkeymasondenton.com