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Corey W. Markey

d. June 3, 2021

Corey William Markey, 42, of Athens, left this world on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois with his sisters and mother by his side through his passing. Corey blessed this world when he was born, July 24, 1978 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Corey is the totally irreplaceable, first born, only son of Deana Schmock (John Rebbe) and adoptive father, Gary Schmock. Bubby is the proud and admired brother of sisters Rachel Taylor (M.D. Taylor) and Megan Schmock (Johann & Madi Ko). He is the fun and adored Uncle Bubby of niece, Evalaine Taylor, and nephew, Kobe Taylor and the tenacious grandson of Paul Schmock. He is a cherished member of his bonus family, Mary Tobias, Alicia Carter, Kristin Tobias, Morgan Thoman and several nieces and nephews. Corey is the kind and generous nephew, cousin and friend to so many near and far.

Corey is the beloved grandson of late Evelyn (Lawrence) Markey and Patricia Schmock, the endearing bonus family to late Billy Tobias and best friend to his late, loyal Labrador Lacey.

He was an Athens (IL) Warrior, Greenview (IL) Bulldog and a South Adams (IN) Starfire where he competed in bowling, wrestling, football and chess and participated in the church youth group and quiz team.

A jack of all trades and an ambitious man with passion and drive, there was not much Corey could not do when he was determined. He was a volunteer youth sports coach as well as a big brother with the Boys & Girls Club of America. Construction was his primary talent of many. He once founded and managed Corey Markey Construction in Arizona, building and perfecting houses into homes.

Corey was a gardener, mechanic, adventurer, entrepreneur, farm hand, storyteller, collector, deep thinker and recently a tie-dye enthusiast. Most of all, Corey enjoyed helping and caring for people.

To his sisters, he was also the Brother of all (trades) whom they have adored and admired all their lives. Corey was their babysitter, stylist, chauffeur, mechanic, chef, travel agent, tour guide, car salesman, airport escort, security, cheerleader and mentor. But most of all, he was our Bubby, our best big brother.

We know Corey’s infectious personality, wit and compassion have touched more people than we know. Just like his mother, he has never met a stranger. Corey could make a dark room light and make someone smile in their darkest moments. In passing, it is to no disbelief he made the decision to continue helping as many people as possible through the Gift of Hope organization. Although we could not give him a miracle, he leaves a legacy and a chance at a miracle for so many others.

His Grandmas Markey and Schmock chose him first. We will mourn him. We will miss him. We will celebrate him. Our Big Brother, our Bubby, our Uncle Bubby. Our Son, our Brother, our Friend, our Family.

To everyone he would say, “You are Smart. You are Beautiful and You can do Anything”.

Love You Mostest, Mostest, Mostest! Kisses and Errrrrs!

Corey’s Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  1. Deana and Family

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember Corey as a little kid. My heart goes out to you and your family. In his obituary he was loved by all family. May you have many wonderful memories of him. My deepest sympathy.

    Blinda Rawlings

  2. I’m so sorry. My heart breaks for you all. I remember nights when Corey was a baby and he didn’t want to go to sleep. There was a whippoorwill out the window and we told Corey, “Listen. The bird is singing, ‘go to sleep, go to sleep’.” He would then lie down and sleep. Precious memory.

  3. I am grateful I grew up with this family. Corey will live on through our hearts and memories. Rest easy my friend. This is one of the most accurate and beautiful obituaries I have ever read. I love you all dearly. May you find comfort in your love for each other and the beautiful memories you have shared with so many. Big hugs too each of you. I can’t and won’t stop thinking of you during this difficult time. We’re only a call away.

    With Deepest Love and Sympathy,

    Tanya and James Walsh

  4. Deana and family I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. My family and I are so very sorry for loss. Corey was a great man and friend. He was always so cheerful and full of life no matter what was going on. It was a treat every time I would run into him. He will be truly missed

  6. My deepest condolences on the loss of such a loved man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Shelly Klinger

  7. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed. He was a great man.

  8. Deana and family, so sorry for your loss. Corey was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

  9. Rachel, Megan, and family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Ya’ll are in our thoughts and prayers. Our condolences for your family; what a tragic event I can’t imagine what your going through but stay strong keep your chins up and if there is ANYTHING we can do for y’all PLEASE let us know. Sending love, thought, and prayers.

  10. Dena I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you ,the girls and the rest of your family. You will all be in our prayers through these terrible times. Contact me when you feel up to it. Love ya my friend 🙏🙏💕

  11. Deana, Rachel and Megan
    So sorry for your loss. May your love and memories give you strength through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Our family is so sorry for your loss. We will never forget the times that Corey spent at our home. You are in our prayers.

  13. My heart breaks hearing this tragic news. No words to even express my deepest condolences 💐…I can only say I have known Corey since we were kiddos, I thought he was the coolest kid on the block. He always had a great big smile on his face, a smile you could see a mile away. I had the biggest crush on Corey as an early teenager and I can remember walking by the house a hundred times a day, he knew I had a crush on him and he would always come out and speak and just smile and I wanted to run a hundred miles an hour lol. As adults I always enjoyed speaking with Corey because he just is always in a good mood, such an uplifting spirited soul. My mom had seen him a few weeks ago and he was walking in front of my grandmas house and she was carrying in grandma’s groceries, he stopped said “Mary you need help carrying in her groceries” he just was a really good guy. My heart goes out to his Sisters and Mom and the rest of his family, his smile will surely be missed…

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. No words can even express my deepest condolences. I have a lot of wonderful memories of Corey and his family from childhood. My heart goes out to Megan, Rachel and Deanna and the rest of his family. My your memories and love give you strength during this difficult time. Sending hugs and my love to your family.

  15. My deepest condolences to Corey’s Family. I knew Corey in my younger days due to moving away from home. Corey and I had a special friendship. There has been many times in my life I have thought about him and wondered how he was. We connected again on FB and glad we were able to do that. He has done so much to help my family over the years and as everyone on here has already mentioned he had a beautiful smile and even better soul. He will truly be missed. Corey definitely left an impression on my life! Fly high and rest easy my friend!

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how you must feel, but please keep his memory and his love close to you. I knew Corey when he was a toddler. He was so sweet! God bless.

  17. Deana & Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son and brother, Corey. I can’t even imagine what you are going through at this time. Even though I did not know Corey, he sounds like he was very special and a blessing to all those who knew him. Losing a loved one is never easy. Please know I am keeping you & your family in prayer and offering up the Mass for Corey. May God give you comfort and strength during the days and weeks ahead.

    Marie Fleck & Family

  18. My Condolences to Corey’s Family. I’m so sorry for your loss he will greatly missed.

  19. Deana and family, I can’t imagine the heartbreak you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss. May the many wonderful memories of Corey bring peace to your heart. He will be missed deeply by family and everyone whose lives he has touched. So very sorry.

  20. To all the family and friends of Corey: It still doesn’t seem like he is gone. He was so kind to keep us updated on Paul when he was in the hospital. He was a thoughtful considerate young man. My deepest sympathy’s to his family and friends. Rest In Peace Corey. We will miss you.

  21. I’m so sorry for your loss. Paula and I spent some time with Corey when Paul was at the Bridge. Paula just loved Corey. In a way, it’s good that Paula is gone. She would have been so devastated by his death. I too will miss him. My prayers go out to your family. God bless.

  22. I did not know Corey, but reading this obituary made me wish I had. It is one of the most beautifully written, touching obits I have come across. I cried reading it and thinking about what your family must be feeling. I will pray for all of you, and hope that you can find some peace in the embrace of each other at this time. God bless.

  23. I have alot of good memories with Corey growing up will be missed, love Tom Banning..

  24. I miss him. I missed him before this. I miss him now. And now I have to forever miss him.

    Love You Mostest, Mostest, Mostest!
    Kisses & Errrrrrs!

    – Sissy

  25. Deana, Rachel and Megan,

    I wanted to be one of the first to describe Corey’s sweet smile but that has been mentioned several times now. He was the best! He was always willing to help with anything that was going on. He was a best friend to Rodney when Rodney didn’t have a friend. They were still friends. His manners at our house were wonderful. We all just loved him! May God Bless All of You!

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