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Mary Charlie Patterson Corpening

Posted on January 13, 2021


April 11, 1932 — Jan. 7, 2021

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mary Charlie Patterson Corpening passed away peacefully with family surrounding her on Jan. 7, 2021.

She was born on April 11, 1932, the daughter of Baxter Holt Patterson and Willie Mae Moore Patterson of Youngsville.

Mary Charlie graduated from Wake Forest College with a double major in music and religion. While at Wake Forest, she met the love of her life, and upon graduation, married Dr. Albert Newton Corpening Jr. The couple lived in Winston-Salem where she taught music while her husband attended Wake Forest Bowman-Gray School of Medicine.

Mary Charlie returned to Youngsville with Bert where he opened his medical practice and she devoted herself to her family, church, and community. Mary Charlie was a loving wife and mother, and was deeply committed to her faith and to Youngsville Baptist Church where she was music and choir director for more than 50 years. Mary Charlie taught Sunday school and served as a deacon. She was recognized as Women of the Year three times by the Women’s Club of Youngsville. She was a member of the Wake Forest Book Club. Mary Charlie led the Youngsville Red Cross Blood Mobile blood drive for many years, and served many charitable organizations.

Mary Charlie is survived by her daughter, Kelly Corpening Thornton and her husband, Robert Taylor Thornton III, of Canton, Georgia; son, Charles Albert Corpening and his wife, Sally Pierce Corpening, of Winston-Salem; daughter, Camille Corpening Klass and her husband, Hillary Briggs Klass, of Charleston, South Carolina; her grandchildren, Taylor Thornton Buckley, Mary Carter Thornton Pugh, William Pierce Corpening, Charles Allen Corpening, Christian Penn Klass and Dixon Briggs Klass; and great-grandchildren, Reagan Grace Buckley, Finley Stowe Buckley and Quinlin Faye Buckley.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Albert Newton Corpening Jr.

A private graveside service will be held in Youngsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youngsville Baptist Church, 315 E. Main St., Youngsville, NC 27596 or Wake Forest College Birthplace Society, P.O. Box 494, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

A service of Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center;

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