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Mr. Billy Joe Cory, 81, of Mechanicsburg, passed away April 22, 2017, at Mulberry Health. He was born on May 7, 1935, in Boone County, the son of the now late Floyd and Bernice (Whitaker) Cory.
Billy was married to Patti Harshman for 63 years; she survives.
He attended school in Jackson Township in Clinton County.
Billy was a member of the Carpenters Local #60. He was a project superintendent for Charles C. Brandt. He also owned "A Brite Idea Antique Shop" in Mechanicsburg for 25 years.
Billy took pride in helping build Circle Center Mall, Claypool Courts and many different buildings for the Brandts. He built his own home, one room at a time. In his spare time he enjoyed sitting on the patio and going to casinos.
Billy was a lifetime member of the Eagles, a 50-year member of Siloam Lodge 609, a member of the Indianapolis Scottish Rite, a member of the Sons of the Legion Post 67 Sheridan and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Patti; daughter, Denise (Kyle) Kercheval of Sheridan; grandchildren, Dustin Layton, Cory Copenhaver and Brandi Marsh; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Sandra Ryan of Lebanon; and brothers, Floyd Cory Jr. of Mechanicsburg and Ted (Erma) Cory of Lebanon. Billy was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ed and Jerry.
Family and friends will gather Friday, Apr. 28, for visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 2 p.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, with Paul Whitaker officiating. Billy will be laid to rest at Scotland Cemetery in Clinton County.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.
Published on April 24, 2017
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