Phares Corder

Phares Corder November 14, 1937 – May 22, 2024. Upon his passing, He was surrounded by his loving family and will be deeply missed. Although Alzheimer’s disease currently has no cure, there is hope for the future. We kindly ask you to consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association to support the search for a cure.

Phares was survived by his wife Melinda and children Gail Corder Fischer, Ray Phares Corder, Jr., Joan Corder Richardson (husband Rich), John Corder, Christina Walker, Michelle Garmon, and Rachael Garmon Scott; brothers Phil and Justin Corder (wives Pam and Julie); grandchildren Elizabeth, Savannah (wife Marijne), Chad Fischer, Caleb Stanley (wife Audrey), Sophia and Mason Richardson, and Holden, David, and Alanna Scott. He was predeceased by his parents Dolly and Bonner Corder, and his sister Bonnie Corder Pittman, He also had numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Phares was an extraordinary musician who started playing trumpet at the age of eight. He earned both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Applied Trumpet degrees, and he excelled as a trumpet player, teacher, and big band leader with the Phares Corder Orchestra & Singers. He performed at numerous pageants, with celebrities, for both presidents Bush, and with other big bands. He was a Life Member of AFM Local 72-147, having joined in 1985. The list is long. He devoted his life to family, friends, and music.