In Memory

Cory Epps

Cory Epps

Fellow Classmates,

With great sadness we must inform you that Cory Epps passed away on February 27, 2009 of an apparent heart attack. 

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Obituary from the Las Vegas Review Journal:

CORY EPPS Cory A. Epps, 48, was called home by his Lord and Savior, Feb. 27, 2009. He was the son of Jerry and Shirley Epps of Las Vegas, where he has been a resident for the past 15 years. All of those years were spent as a prominent fixture in the local automotive financing market. Cory was born in England, Sept. 1, 1960. He is a graduate of the University of Texas El Paso. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later spent several years as a commercial loan officer in the banking industry in El Paso. He was also a longtime officer in the El Paso Jaycees. Along with his parents, Cory is survived by two sons, Joshua, a student at UNLV, and Brandon of Corpus Christi, Texas. He is also survived by three brothers, Sheldon of Milton, Wash., Brandon Sean, an officer in the U.S. Navy, and Robin of Federal Way, Wash.; and a sister, Vickie Heket of Amarillo, Texas. Additional survivors include his partner-in-life, Samantha Adkins; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Cory was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and was one of those types of people who never met a stranger. He is therefore further survived by a very large group of friends, neighbors and co-workers. Services for Cory include a viewing starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, culminating with a memorial service at 6 p.m., both at Palm Mortuary, 6701 N. Jones Blvd.


25th Reunion 2004. Cory and Yvette at Dan's on Surfside.

25th Reunion 2004. After Dan's with John, Cory and Mitzi.

25th Reunion 2004. Cory, Mitch and Steve.


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03/03/09 10:02 PM #2    

Chris Waples

It’s funny how differently you look at someone’s photo when you know they will never again be present for another. As I tried to find some photos of Cory from our 25th reunion, I was struck by one overwhelming feature in each and every frame, his smile. It was no accident that Cory was our class clown. I never think of Cory possessing any buffoonish clown traits like you would see at a circus. But he always had the ability to brighten an event with his laugh and that infectious smile. To say he will be missed is an incredible understatement!

03/04/09 08:25 AM #3    

John Strauss

He'll always be "Mississippi" to me. Cory went to my church and we also worked together at Wilson's. He was always upbeat and smiling, to be sure. I am very sad to hear of his passing. RIP, Mississippi.

03/04/09 12:42 PM #4    

Cullen Mike Jones

Does anyone else remember that Cory carried his books in a soft leather briefcase? I remember thinking it was cool. Only Cory could have make that look work.

Cory and I became buds after Bwood. Marlyne introduced us at BC. We did some crazy stuff. I remember one night in particular. It was just after Christmas. We drove around in my tiny Toyota and collected Christmas trees that people put on the curb. We'd drag them alongside my car. What a sight we must have been! We piled them up on some girl's lawn. More than a hundred trees. It must've taken us all night.

I hope that we do something meaningful and moving in Cory's memory at the reunion.

My thoughts are with Joshua, Cory's family, and Marlyne.

Mike Jones

03/04/09 01:01 PM #5    

Terry Bird

The news of Cory's, Mississippi's, death brings me great sorrow. There were so many memories he and I shared I don't know where to start.

I looked last week and noticed he hadn't signed up for the webpage and I told myself I would call him this week and get him to sign up. That's really the saddest part. The fact that the years have separated even those of us that were the closest.

The good news is that even in this time of sorrow, his memory brings a smile to my face. That's what he was all about, fun and laughter.

I'll miss you my friend.

03/04/09 09:33 PM #6    

Becky Watts (Schwebel)

I feel so overwhelmed that I didn't attend any of the reunions. Cory (Mississippi) was such a joy. He made me laugh. Especially, when we talked about both of us living in MS. I don't know who posted the photos of the previous reunions. But, thank you. In rememberance of somebody who made me smile. I hope I crack him up when he looks upon me trying to golf with my new hip.

03/04/09 09:35 PM #7    

Candice Caperton (Manley)

Cory was a sweet, upbeat guy who had the ability to make everyone he met feel special. He never knew a stranger and could light up a room. We all knew that Cory could throw a good party! However, there was a serious side to him, too. I ran into Cory a few years after school at a state-wide convention for Texas Jaycees. He was very involved with his Jaycee chapter and the state organization...Just an interesting fact about Cory that shows his commitment to helping others and his dedication to charitable causes....We will miss him!

03/05/09 08:41 PM #8    

Kim Bowers

Remembering Mississippi will always bring a smile to my face. I have a lot of memories of Cory, Billy Rogers and I, but I'll share one. During study time for Senior finals, Cory came to my english class and talked me into sneaking out to tour B'wood and take pictures. We both got caught and eventhough we were exempt from finals, Mr. Blair made us take them as punishment. When I left school that day I was so mad I backed into another car and got a ticket and had to pay for damages. I'm really going to miss you Mississippi!
Kim Bowers

03/05/09 09:45 PM #9    

Elizabeth Ayala (Benbrook)

I don't know if any one else remembers this but here goes . . . at Graduation, the "E"s were making their way up to the platform, when one of the seated grads said to Cory "fall down". Cory looked back with a smile and shook his head. Needless to say, he was eager to please. He knew when to pick the right moment. You could hear this huge commotion and of course the great fall and the laughter of appreciation from fellow classmates who got the chance to experience Cory . . . this time.

03/07/09 01:09 AM #10    

Becky Watts (Schwebel)

You're right..and trust me. I was a classmate who sat way in the back..Me and Teri Clark.
I feel like I truly missed something by not being there 5 years ago..
I realize now, every year counts.

03/07/09 10:48 PM #11    

Joe Juarez

Brother that I will miss, your weekly phone calls will be missed but I will still talk to you as if you were on other line, but I know you will hear me I am just sorry that our march reuinon will have to wait till I come to join you and then you can tell me all the stories I have missed,love ya

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