December 26, 1929 ~ May 29, 2022

Born in: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Donald Pressley McCorkle was born on December 26, 1929 in Kannapolis, North Carolina and died in his sleep May 29, 2022.

He was the son of the late Alfred McCorkle and Minnie Sota Ford McCorkle, and he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Warren McCorkle, his sisters, Zenna McCorkle, Frances Wilkerson (Robert), and his brother, Thomas McCorkle (Lucille). He is survived by three children, Renee Park (Fred), Leslie Harpster (Jody), and Pressley McCorkle. Don was blessed with five grandchildren, Jennifer Park, Drew Harpster, Emily Harpster (Zack Stouffer), Trey McCorkle, and Sasha McCorkle, as well as three great-grandchildren, Khadyn Bible, Kairi Harpster and Ariana Stouffer.

A child of the Great Depression, Don knew the importance of money. As a young man he sold popcorn on the street, sold candy and magazines house to house, did store deliveries and shined shoes on the square in Kannapolis. In 1947 Don graduated from Central High School in Charlotte, N.C. and then began working at Commercial National Bank. He married Peggy in 1950 and they were married for 69 years. Don entered the army in 1952, and after being discharged in 1955, he returned to work for American Commercial Bank, which formed after merging with Commercial National Bank and American Trust. In 1961 Don and Peggy moved to Burlington, N.C. where Don began working at North Carolina National Bank, which later became NationsBank. He enjoyed his long career in banking and counted himself lucky to work with great co-workers in Burlington. Don was very active in the Burlington community, serving in a number of leadership positions in the following organizations: Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Alamance County, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and Twin Lakes. Don and Peggy were also members of Macedonia Lutheran Church for many years where he taught a boys’ Sunday School class. Once Don retired, he never looked back.

Don loved being a grandfather, and he was happiest when his family was around him. He loved spending time with his and Peggy’s relatives, and enjoyed all the extended family reunions he attended. For many years, the family spent summer vacations at Oak Island, N.C., which provided stories for years to come. He was fearless in taking toddlers and young children to Burlington City Park to play, and he outlasted younger adults who sometimes accompanied the group. It was not unusual to see him swinging on the swing sets with his grandchildren when he was in his 70’s and it was hard to tell who was having more fun.

He believed in hard work. His motto was “Have faith and patience” and he was an avid golfer who played the game until he was in his late 80’s. He was a loyal friend and he taught his children and grandchildren that character matters. Don knew all the great hotdog joints in N.C. and was happy to share that knowledge with others. He was a decent and generous man, well-loved by his family, and he will be missed.

At Don’s request, no services are planned. Memorials may be sent to Four Seasons Foundation, 211 N. Main St., Hendersonville, N.C. 28792.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Heaven is a happier place these days since Don and Peggy are back together… probably dancing the night away. No more aches and pains! I was fortunate to have known them, always enjoyed our visits and wished It could have been more often. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Camille Lavery

    • Thank you, Camille, for your kind words. Your image of Mom and Dad dancing the night away makes me smile.

  2. I was a friend and physician for Peggy and Don for many years and worked with him at the Chamber of Commerce, banking ,golfing and many community activities, Missed them when they left Burlington but called frequently to check on them. Dr. Bob Carter

    • Thank you, Dr. Carter, for your remarks about Mom and Dad. They loved their time in Burlington and hating leaving their good friends when they moved to Arden. They counted you among those friends.

  3. Mr. McCorkle taught all of us the value of a good job and how to treasure our customers at NCNB/NationsBank/Bank America in Burlington, NC. I worked for him 12 years-his eye was always on the lobby, making sure customers moved quickly and treated with respect and kindness. I will say he made a huge impression on me as I continued my profession and retired from a very successful banking career after 40 years-always remembering him pushing me to learn and grow with the industry. Thank you, Don.

    • Thank you, Ms. Barnette, for your lovely words. Dad always talked about how business should be done and how people should be treated with respect. He taught us that actions matter more than words. I’m so glad you wrote a memory here! It made me both smile and tear-up a little!

    • Thank you, Ms. Bailey. We’re proud of our father’s service and know he was as well. Dad was never one to toot his horn, but he would have appreciated your thanks and best wishes.

  4. As a friend of Leslie’s ( here in Pennsylvania) I had the privilege of meeting Don and Peggy when they visited. I especially enjoyed “Daddy Don’s” emails, with his views on the world. He had a wonderful wit, and wisdom, and will be missed. A life well lived!

    • Madeline, you know I love you, and thanks for taking the time to recognize Dad. He stayed informed on politics and other issues until the end of his life, and you always knew where you stood with him! I told him how I forwarded his social commentary/political emails to our group and he loved it. I’ll miss “Daddy Don’s” emails, too!


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