Obituary

Thomas Mitchell McCorkle Jr., known to all as Mitch, was born in Hope, Arkansas on December 12, 1933 to Thomas Mitchell McCorkle Sr. and Winnie Ruth Caldwell McCorkle. He married Henryetta (Henry) McCorkle on April 18, 1953 and they raised their two children, Michelle and Sam, in West Fork, Arkansas.

Mitch was preceded in death by his father, his mother, his brother Stanley, his granddaughter Cara May McCorkle, and his wife Henry McCorkle. Mitch is remembered as a loving father, grandad, and great-grandad by his children, Michelle Cargill and her husband Steve, Sam McCorkle and his wife Carla, four grandchildren; Ben, Nikki, Rebecca, and Madeline, and three great-grandsons; McCall, Henry, and Emerson.

Mitch was a leader in his community. He is most well known for his role as the longest serving Fire Chief in the country, working as the chief of the West Fork Fire Department for 56 years. Mitch was recognized at a national ceremony in Chicago for his service. He also served on the school board in West Fork and on the board of Directors for EMS. He was an active member of his community of West Fork, organizing events and participating in community projects.

His family will remember how protective and decisive he was when making decisions for the people he loved. He loved his family and he loved telling about his and Henry’s family history. One of his favorites was a story about how Henry’s great-grandmother rode on horseback all the way to Prairie Grove with her infant son, Henry’s grandfather, to check on her husband who had been wounded in battle.

He could be found many mornings at the coffee shop with friends, telling stories, and at his repair shop in the afternoon applying his many talents inventing, building, and fixing tankers, trucks, and other vehicles. He built tankers and brush trucks for the fire department and during his service as fire chief he did all the maintenance for the West Fork fire department vehicles. Arriving home, he would take off his boots at the door and settle in his favorite chair, oil stained hands tucked into the bib of his overalls. Many will remember chatting with him there, as everyone was always welcome in Mitch and Henry’s home. He and his wife Henry played a role in helping raise many of the young men in West Fork.

Mitch had a calm and soft demeanor under a layer of grumpy stoicism and a subtle sense of humor. His wife, Henry, often brought out his infectious smile with his amused patience of her quite opposite personality. To be around Mitch and Henry was to feel like you were home.

If you wish to make a donation to the West Fork Fire Department in Mitch’s name the family would greatly appreciate it.

A service will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 10 a.m., at Unity Covenant Church, 14680 Union Star Rd. West Fork, Arkansas 72774.

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Funeral Service

10:00 am
Unity Covenant Church - 14680 Union Star Rd. West Fork, Arkansas 72774
Visitation
Visitation information unavailable.
Final Resting Place
General

Dec 12, 1933

Jul 4, 2021

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Tributes

Very sweet guy, hated to hear of his passing. ??????
Pamela Rice - Friend
We were so sorry to hear of Mitch’s passing. Our deepest condolences to all the family.
Randy & Linda Bradley - Friends
We’re so sorry for your loss. Mitch & Henry have been a big part in our lives since 1963. Mitch will be missed by all . Cindy & Bettye Ann Duncan
Cindy Duncan - Friend
Funeral Service

10:00 am
Unity Covenant Church - 14680 Union Star Rd. West Fork, Arkansas 72774
Visitation
Visitation information unavailable.
Final Resting Place
General

Dec 12, 1933

Jul 4, 2021

87