He had lived in Essex and Dexter all his life. He graduated from Oakland City General Baptist College and received a Masters in Education and Counsel-ing. He was a retired counselor from the Richland R-1 School District and was a General Baptist Minister for over 60 years.
Rev. Corlew pastored the Olive Branch General Baptist Church until shortly before his death. He touched many lives through his years of service as minister and counselor in the Dexter and Essex communities.
He was first married to Vera Verneta Blevins on May 11, 1940, in Essex. She preceded him in death on July 6, 1996. On Sept. 2, 1998, he was married to Altha Hawley in Dexter. She survives at their home in Dexter.
Doyle is survived by his wife, Altha Corlew of Dexter; two sons, Gary Corlew and David and Norma Corlew of Essex; two step-daughters, Karen Hartie of Brookline, Mo., and Melba Matthews of Springdale, Ark.; three grandchildren, Shannon Nelson of Cape Girardeau, Stacie Palmer of Murray, Ky., and Jake Corlew of Dexter; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Wanda Owens of Eldorado, Ill. Many other relatives and friends also survive. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Lana Jean Corlew and Doylene Corlew; one sister, Helen Crutcher; and one brother, Charles William Corlew.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 17, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Kenneth Biggs of Dexter.
Interment will follow in the Triplett Cemetery in Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.
The family asks that memorials may be made to the Olive Branch General Baptist Church in Essex, Mo.