Hugh Blake Correll

September 15, 1916November 13, 2012

Hugh Blake Correll, 96, died peacefully November 13, at home. He was born to Esther Blake Correll and Hugh Correll in Joplin, Missouri and grew up in Canton, Ohio, the family home. He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend. After graduation he enlisted in flight training before the war with the US Army. In 1941 he married Mary Elizabeth Malone of Canton, Ohio. He flew throughout the war in the European, the African and the Pacific theaters. After the war he left the US Army Air Corps and moved his family from Ohio and settled in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He worked at the Merchants National Bank. He joined the Air Force Reserve and in 1953 where he was instrumental in bringing the Air National Guard to Fort Smith. He would say, "Guardsman is the personification of the word Patriotism - Never forget it." In 1953 then Lt Col Hugh Correll was recognized as the first Commander of the newly organized 184th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. On March 14th, 2005 the 188th Fighter Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard honored Colonel Correll by naming the newly built Headquarters Facility after him. He retired a Colonel from the Guard that he loved in1968. In 1969 in Charleston, Arkansas he established the manufacturing firm of Correll Inc., retiring from it in 1982. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He golfed until he was ninety. He spent the last seven months of his life at the Sutton Ranch with his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Craig Sutton and their three adult children, Katie, Ben and Kelsey. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-eight years, Elizabeth (Betty) M. Correll, by his parents, Esther and Hugh Correll, by his brothers: Samuel Blake Correll, John Blake Correll, Donald Blake Correll and his sister, Joan Blake Correll. Surviving family members are his five daughters: Armonde McElligott (Chuck) of Dayton Ohio, Peggy Correll of Fort Smith, Casey Grenier (Michael) of San Mateo, California, Joan Williams (Jim) of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and Ginny Sutton (Craig) of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; as well as fourteen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. Rosary will be said 6:00 PM Friday, November 16, 2012 in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Burial with Full Military Honors will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to: The Catholic Education Endowment Fund, c/o Christ The King Catholic Church, 2112 Greenwood Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Online condolences may be sent to


  • Rosary Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Lorraine Randall

November 27, 2012

Peggy & family, I am so sorry to learn of Hugh's death. Clyde Randall,my former
father-in-law had so much admiration for him, as they were good friends. My
thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Lorraine Randall-Oxford, Mississippi

November 17, 2012

I will always have good memories of Col. Correll, when I knew him at the bank and more so when he flew to Kessler AFB where I was stationed and rode to FSM with him several times. My thoughts and prayers to a great officer and a true gentleman.
Frank H. Koers
Kennesaw , GA

Linda McLachlan Peerson

November 15, 2012

I was so sad to read this. Ginny, know that I am thinking of you and all of your family during this time.