David Maurice “Corky” Renner was born in a home his parents, Paul St. Elmo Renner and Emma Vera Burris Renner were renting in the 5600 block of Rose Street in the West End of Houston, Texas. On Thanksgiving Day 1924, he and his parents moved to a new, unfinished home in the 5600 block of Darling Street, in Cottage Grove, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Corky was soon joined by three brothers: Stephen Burris Renner born February 1926 (Stephen lived less than a day – he is buried in the Fairbanks Methodist Cemetery); James Leroy Renner, a blue eyed redhead, born September 27, 1927; Paul Emmett Renner, a blue eyed blond, born August 26, 1929; and (finally) a sister, Shirley Ruth Renner, a black-eyed brunette, born June 17, 1932. All of Corky’s siblings were born in Cottage Grove.
Corky grew up on Darling Street. His early education was in schools of Houston Independent School District: Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School, George Washington Junior High School and John H. Regan Senior High School, from which he graduated in June 1941. After graduation, corky attended a National Youth Administration trade school in South Houston, Texas, learning the machinist trade. When he left there, Corky went to work as an apprentice machinist for Mister W. K. Canan, at Drillers Generator Service, in the Fifth Ward of Houston
On August 27, 1942, after the United States had been drawn into World War II, Corky joined the United States Marine Corps, going to Boot Camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, then to machinist school at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. After machinist school, on March 1943, Corky was assigned to Marine Fighter Squadron VMF 216, stationed at El Centro, California. He was classified as an aircraft mechanic, working on fighter planes: Grumman Wildcats and later Vought Sikorsky Corsairs. Corky was sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations with VMF216, where they participated in the liberation of Guam and other campaigns. For those operations Corky was awarded seven battle stars to wear on his Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon. He also won the right to wear the American Campaign Ribbon and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.
Corky enjoyed a 30-day leave after returning to the States, then was assigned to another Marine Fighter Squadron VMF 914 located at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
After this Corky was Honorably Discharged, and returned to Cottage Grove. He enrolled at the University of Houston, studying Industrial Education. On December 24, 1946, Corky and Lucy Wynell “Winnie” Moorman were married at Larkin Street Methodist Church in Cottage Grove.
In June 1947 Corky (and Winnie) transferred to East Texas State Teachers College, where in June 1948, Corky graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. In September 1948, Corky went to work as an Industrial Education teacher at John J. Pershing Junior High School, in West University Place, Texas. On January 18, 1949, a son, David Robert Renner was born. After teaching one stormy semester, on January 31, corky went to work as a Junior Draftsman for Humble Oil & Refining Company (now Exxon Company, U.S.A.) in Houston. On October 12, 1953, a second son, John Stanley Renner was born, and on March 31, 1956, a third son, Philip Keith Renner was born. Over the years, Winnie and Corky traveled throughout the United States. They have seen their three sons married and have been blessed with three grandsons and three granddaughters. Also several great grandchildren.
On May 22, 2004, Winnie died. She was buried at Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery. And on August 27, 2004, John’s wife, Kathy died. She was buried at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. On June 3, 2006, Corky and Rosilyn “Roz” Thomas were married at Fair Haven United Methodist Church. With Roz came a son, Jeff Thomas and a daughter, Kelly Moore plus a granddaughter and two grandsons. And the family continues to grow.
Corky moved into Roz’s home in the Spring Branch area of Houston. They have lived there blissfully ever since and have enjoyed several nice trips.
The family wishes to express special appreciation to Corpus Christi Hospice for the loving care given in the last weeks of his life.
Also a great big thank you goes out to Estella Wilson and Gloria Archie for all of their assistance in caring for Corky.
Visitation for Corky’s family and friends will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday May 10 at Woodlawn Funeral Chapel, 1101 Antoine, Houston TX 77055
Celebration of life will be 11:00 am, Thursday May 11 at Fairhaven Methodist Church, 1330 Gessner, Houston TX 77055
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Fairhaven Methodist Church or charity of your choice.