Lorrayne G. Corea, 86, of South Williamson, Ky., peacefully passed away at her residence on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.
Born December 14, 1922, in Williamson, she was the daughter of the late Granville Goff and Nancy Duncan Goff.
In addition to her parents, Lorrayne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Sam Corea, and two sisters, Alma McChesney and Dorothea Huff.
Lorrayne was a 1940 graduate of Williamson High School and she continued her education at Marshall College and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
In an interview with the Williamson Daily News in 1995, Lorrayne said that she began working while she was in high school, doing office work for the principal, Marvin Varney. She also modeled coats at the Mountaineer Hotel Watts-Ritter Company showroom during her junior and senior years.
Following graduation, she went to work at Central Glass Company. From January 1943 to August 1944, she was employed as a secretary with Appalachian Power Company in Williamson. After work at the power company, she worked from 5 to 11 p.m. at Williamson Memorial Hospital as a Red Cross nurses aide. She also knitted sweaters for men and women in the service.
Lorrayne joined the United States Navy in August 1944 and proudly served her county as a Yeoman 2nd Class until May 1946. She went to Hunter College in New York to learn to write shore and fleet letters and received additional training at Oklahoma A & M University. She was then stationed in Pensacola, Fla., where she worked in the yardcraft office, and was honorably discharged while working in the typing pool at Great Lakes, Ill..
As a member of the Singing Platoon she and fellow singers once entertained First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in New York City.
In 1946, she went back to work for the Appalachian Power Company, working as a secretary in the personnel department until 1965. She also married Sam Corea in 1946. Lorrayne was a home economist for Appalachian Power from 1965 to 1970. From 1970 to 1986, Corea worked as a secretary for nine different superintendents. She retired in 1986.
Lorrayne was involved in numerous business, civic and church activities. She was a former president of the Tug Valley Chapter of the National Secretaries Association; president and vice president respectively of K-Appa-K, the Kentucky Power Company and Appalachian Power Company Womans Club. She was a member of the Williamson Junior Woman Club from 1951 to 1977 and served as club sponsor from 1960 until 1977, serving as vice president from 1974 to 1977; she was nominated as First Lady Bicentennial by the Junior Womans Club in 1976. She was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Tug Valley Arts Council and served as its secretary and treasurer for a number of years; the Mingo County Salvation Army Advisory Board, serving as the first female chairman from 1978 to 1980; and served on Southern West Virginia Community and Technical Colleges Community Education Lay Advisory Committee.
Lorrayne was also involved with the Boy Scouts of America and won the Den Mother Award in 1963 as den mother of Boy Scout Pack No. 304. She was an honorary member of Preceptor Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in 1974, and was named Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month in 1974 and a Distinguished West Virginian in 1980.
She was also treasurer of Williamson Main Street from 1991 to 1992 and vice president from 1994 to 1995. Lorrayne is a former treasurer of the Williamson High School Alumni Association Reunion Committee and former member of the Tug Valley Choral Society.
A longtime member of AIM (Action In Mingo), she served as the grand marshal of the King Coal Festival in 1995.
Lorrayne has been a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 60 years. She enjoyed being a member of the church choir.
Lorrayne is survived by her beloved son and only child, Larry Gregory Corea of Raleigh, NC, as well as a host of extended family members and friends.
The family will received friends on Friday evening, March 20, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Weaver Mortuary in West Williamson.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday morning, March 21, at 11:00 a.m., at the Williamson First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Greg Blair will officiate.
Interment will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Huddy, Ky. Serving as pallbearers are Ronnie Ferrell, Mark Jackson, Jerry Akers, Rudy Vass, Donald Washington and Tim Kincaid.
Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson is serving the Corea family.