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Homer Howard ‘Corky’ Haisten III, 70, passed away peacefully, surrounded by all those who loved him deeply, on Friday, June 10, 2016, at home after a long illness.
Born in Anniston, Ala., Corky was the son of the late U.S. Navy Capt. Homer and Alice Haisten. He was particularly close to cousins, Marian Hargrove and Clark Carnes, who preceded him in death.
His attendance at the University of Virginia, and as a member of the Theta Xi Fraternity, was interrupted by his distinguished service as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam from 1968 from 1969, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Valor for his bravery and a Purple Heart. Continuing service in the reserves, he went back to the university and received a degree in English in 1972.
He served as marketing executive officer of Sovran Financial Corporation and as a Project Director of Hamlyn Senior Research. He joined King’s Grant Baptist Church in 1980, where he was ordained a deacon in 1983, was a longtime member of the Early Service Usher Team and served on the Audit Committee. He was past president of the Norfolk Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He also served on his neighborhood watch and as president of his condo association for four years.
Corky’s favorite past time was spending time with his two grandchildren, who loved their ‘Boo.’ He touched the lives of many with his smile and generosity, maintaining his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.
Left to cherish Corky’s memory are his wife of 43 years, Terry Hurst Haisten; beloved daughter, Lauren Tabler, and her husband, Rollie; beloved son, Michael Haisten; treasured grandchildren, Owen and Reese Tabler; sister, Cecile Budimier, and her husband, Jeff; nephews Edward Budimier, and his wife, Ashley, and Douglas Budimier; sister-in-law, Anne Hahn Hurst; nephew, Marshall Hurst; dear cousins, Sandra Rains, Catherine Mitchell, Cecile Carnes and Linda Fassman; along with countless other family and friends who were blessed to know him.
The family would like to offer sincere gratitude to Jackie Smith, Corky’s caretaker for the past two years, for her dedicated care and compassion and to extend a special thank you to Medi Home Health and Hospice for their support in his final days.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at King’s Grant Baptist Church, 873 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach. Burial will be in the church columbarium with military honors. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests all memorial donations be sent to King’s Grant Baptist Church, Student Missions; Virginia Wounded Warriors Project; or Vetshouse Inc.
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