Benjamin Hendrix (Memorial
18 December 1982
Died: 16 February 2001
Corey was born the son of Tracy McClure in Fort Oglethorpe,
Georgia. His grandparents were Martha and Donnie McClure.
Soon after he was born, his mother had to return to work, and he
became a joy to Jim and Wilma Burney, his great-grandparents,
who helped care for him along with Tracy and other family
members until Tracy and Corey moved to Dalton, Georgia where
they lived for about a year.
Tracy and Corey returned to Chattanooga Valley, Georgia and
lived with Robin Hughes. Robin became Corey's "second mother"
and he spent time with Robin as well as Tracy even after Tracy
established another home. Tracy and Robin, had been best friends
since high school, and they alternated caring for Corey while
Corey was three years old, Tracy met and eventually married Ken
Jaworski. Ken quickly became the only "father" Corey ever really
knew. Ken was very good to Corey and Corey loved Ken. Ken felt
like a father to Corey, and spent time encouraging him in
sports, particularly baseball. Ken was impressed with young
Corey and recognized that he was a highly intelligent young man.
When Corey was nine years old, Tracy and Ken also had a child
together--a little girl named Nikki. Corey was a great "big
brother" for Nikki and even became like a father to her later
when Ken and Tracy separated. Corey was always there for his
sister and cared for her many times when Tracy had to work. They
were typical siblings but Corey felt responsible--he felt he had
a supportive and protective role for Nikki. Even at an early
age, Corey had accepted some responsibility--part of becoming a
was a very tender young man. In addition to his having a special
sense of his role as a brother to Nikki. He also seemed to look
a little deeper into things, particularly in the music he
enjoyed. Corey had a habit of learning about the musical artists
and the events that shaped their music. He paid attention to the
words, often calling them to his mother's attention when a song
held a special meaning.
Corey always tried to do the right thing where family and
responsibility were concerned. He was quick to do anything asked
of him. He was careful in the way he conducted himself, careful
in his driving habits, particularly when he would take his
sister to see her father. He was careful to try to take care of
things asked of him. He was a conscientious young man.
was known as a "funny guy" who made friends easily. He was known
for his comedic episodes. He even occasionally stated that his
"life ambition" was to be an actor--presumably in comedy.
Corey was a student and he worked hard in school. He eventually
completed high school a year early and earned a scholorship to
Nashville State Technical Institute.
He decided not to go to
college immediately. Instead he wanted to take a year off to
enjoy and experience life while he decided what career path he
would pursue. Unfortunately, he did not have a chance to further
his education before his death from complications of pneumonia.
His funeral was held on 19 February 2001 in LaFayette, Georgia
and he was buried in the Burney family plots in LaFayette Memory
Gardens. Tracy's first cousin, James David Burney, conducted the memorial