MARION – On April 24, 1952, Lewis F. “Oogie” McCord and Ethel L. Fisher were united before God and man in holy matrimony and remained together for 69 years. Up to the day of his death, Lewis would say he and Ethel were only apart from each other two times in their lives, during his Army years and during the 11 1/2 months he spent recovering from his tragic car accident. From that day, the only other time they were apart on this earth was for the 5 hours and 20 minutes that separated them from their entrances into Heaven.
He passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021 and she joined him at 12:05 p.m. that same day.
He was born on Nov. 16, 1931 in Summitville, to Harry and Cora (Allen) McCord.
He graduated from Sum-mitville High School in 1949.
He worked for and lived with Colonel and Elizabeth Hull in rural Summitville. He served his country in the United States Army from 1950-1952. He worked as a foreman/supervisor in the Drill Press Department of Fisher Body in Marion, retiring in 1973.
In 1952, Lewis started the original all-male King’s Four Quartet. He also took the position of Music Director at Hillside Wesleyan Church, Marion, where he served for more than 20 years.
At the time of his passing, his’ survivors were: wife of 69 years, Ethel L. (Fisher) McCord of Marion; two daughters, Nancy Miller and Anita Brown of Marion; one brother, Harry McCord, Jr. of Jalapa; several nieces and nephews; a granddaughter; adopted son, Roger Ewing of Marion; adopted daughter, Brenda Divens of Muncie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Roy McCord, Robert McCord and Jerry McCord, and one sister, Charlotte Fisher.
Ethel was born Jan. 8, 1932 to Paul and Mildred (Oren) Fisher in Matthews, Ind.
She was a graduate of Marion High School in 1950.
She worked as a secretary in an insurance office and at Flowers by Wire. Following those careers, she attended Beauty College in Marion and became a licensed beautician and cosmetologist.
She attended Hillside Wesleyan Church.
At the time of her passing Ethel’s survivors were: two daughters, Nancy Miller and Anita Brown of Marion; one brother, Francis Fisher of Merritt Island, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; one granddaughter; adopted son, Roger Ewing of Marion and adopted daughter, Brenda Divens of Muncie
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 69 years, Lewis F. McCord.
Joint services celebrating the lives, legacy, and faith of Lewis and Ethel will take place on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Summitville First Baptist Church, 700 E. Mill St., Summitville, Ind. The Rev. Dennis Roberts and the Rev. Don Miller will officiate. Interment will follow at Grant Memorial Park in Marion, Ind.
The McCord family will receive friends at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and after 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Summitville H.O.P.E. Center, 101 N. Main St., Summitville, Ind. 46070 or The King’s Four Ministries, Inc. at 524 E. 31st St., Marion, Ind. 46953
Mike and Connie Owens of Owens Memorial Services in Alexandria are honored to care for Lewis and Ethel and serve the McCord family.
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