Photographs Contributed by Jim Corley
Annuitant Jim Corley worked for Saudi Aramco as senior consulting engineer for 17 years. Jim retired from Saudi Aramco in 1991. In 1995, Jim and his wife, Nancy, returned for good to their hometown and roots in Lucedale, Mississippi.
Since his return home, Jim has become a bit of a celebrity in his hometown and it is easy to understand why. From engineer to accomplished artist, and all matter of interests in between, Jim is known for his many talents. He is a painter, gold sculptor, wood craftsman, boat builder, town astronomer, and more. He designed an amphitheater for Lucedale, a bridge for City Park, and his own backyard courtyard. He volunteers as a guest lecturer for advanced high school physics classes and sponsors a physics project competition each year. He is a board member of the Jackson-George County Regional Library and is on the committee for the Mississippi Arts Education Association. He hosts "star parties" at county schools or in his backyard offering his own telescope for stargazing while he lectures on astronomy. Most recently, he lectured on the Big Bang and Einstein's theories at a town lecture hosted by the George County Public Library.
A piece of particular pride for the community is a life-size sculpture of a grandmother reading to her granddaughter, which Jim sculpted from a 9,000-pound block of Indiana limestone. His wife and granddaughter were the models, and his grandmother, who read to Jim often, was his inspiration. The sculpture sits outside the county library.
Visit Jim's website at www.datasync.com/~jecorley for a look at some of his amazing work.