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James Corley Haggarton


James Corley Haggarton, 94, a well-known and longtime resident of Chandler, AZ passed away October 5, 2017 In Safford, AZ Corley was born on Sept. 22, 1923 in Cisco, TX to Nathaniel Corley and Matte Ethel (Mosely) Haggarton. In 1927 he moved with his family to Arizona at the age of 4 and settled in the Chandler area. He attended elementary schools in Gilbert, and then transferred to Chandler schools. His years at Chandler High School were interrupted by service in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Upon his return to Chandler, he finished his studies at CHS, graduating in 1947. He met and married his lifelong sweetheart, Marie Tucker, in 1947, and they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this week. Corley was in the petroleum business for 57 years, and in that capacity became friends and associates with many farmers, ranchers, and businessmen in the area. He served on many committees for the city of Chandler, and was president of the Chandler Historical Society. He was honored by the city as Pioneer of the Year. He loved the city and its history, and many turned to him for information about Chandler’s past. Corley was preceded in death by his son, Jon Corley Haggarton. He is survived by his wife Marie; daughter, Carole Metcalf (Ray); son, Dwight Haggarton (Shelly); 15 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren, who adore their Papa Corley. Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 pm at the Chandler West Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1950 W. Galveston St., Chandler, AZ. Visitation is planned for one hour prior to the service. Graveside services will follow at Valley of the Sun Cemetery. Arrangements by Bueler Mortuary


  • Sherrill Riggs sumrall Posted October 9, 2017 8:32 PM

    Loved Corley, and all his family, he delivered girl to my dad Lyle Riggs and always had fun visiting with him, absolutely love his daughter Carole and Marie, he will be so missed by all

  • Pat Cluff Fairbanks Posted October 9, 2017 9:53 PM

    What a great man! I have such fun memories of square dancing with Corley & Marie as our dance directors for the Arizona Dance festival in ASU stadium. I don’t every remember not knowing them. They were such good friends to my parents. My love to all of you.

  • Bob Kaufman Posted October 9, 2017 10:08 PM

    Corley was the kindest man. I don’t believe I ever heard him speak a word in anger. I always enjoyed running into him, mostly at church. I’m sad that I am ut of town and will miss the funeral. All my love, and Claire’s too, to the family.

  • Monique Bogle Fullmer Posted October 11, 2017 12:27 AM

    Our family loved Corley too! He always had a kind word and a friendly smile and a good story! He will be missed! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Unfortunately, Mom and all the girls in our family will be out of town for the funeral.

  • Laura Lambson Posted October 11, 2017 11:04 AM

    To know Corely was to love Corley. He always had a smile on his face when we would meet – just warmed my heart! My love to all his family, but most especially his equally wonderful wife, Marie.

  • Catherine L Lambson Posted October 13, 2017 6:35 PM

    Corley was an amazing man who I could sit and listen to all day. He had so much knowledge about so many things. He and his sweet wife, Marie, were so kind to me and to my mother when she came to live with us. I cherish the time I got to spend with him and with Marie.

  • Lynn Jones Posted October 13, 2017 7:54 PM

    Corley and Marie were such an inspiring couple always greeting everyone with a smile. Corley was always one to lend a helping hand throughout his long life. Thank you Corley for your great example. Unfortunately we are in Pennsylvania and won’t be able to attend the funeral which will be a warm Chandler reunion.
    Lynn and Kathy Jones

  • Jean marie Posted October 14, 2017 4:59 PM

    So sorry to hear of corleys passing we love you. Wish we could be there.
    Wonderfu memories. Love jean marie and rusty

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