Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Organized November 1904

Sickness & Distress


February 15, 2018

It is with great sadness that we inform you all that PSP Jerry McCorkle passed away. As further information is available it will be posted here.

Jerry L. McCorkle

May 6, 1943 - February 15, 2018 
Born in Jefferson City, Missouri
Resided in Shelby Twp., MI

Jerry L. McCorkle passed away on February 15, 2018 at the age of 74. Jerry was a longtime member of the Clawson-Troy Elks Lodge #2169. He retired from Ford Motor Company and was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Jerry was the loving husband of Carol for 57 years. Beloved father of Sherri Marion, Debbie Dyer (Will), and the late Keith McCorkle (Diana). Devoted grandfather of Danielle Marion, Angela McCorkle, Rebecca Dyer, Veronica Dyer and the late Jamie McCorkle. Cherished great grandfather of Dominik Arroyo. Brother of Raymond McCorkle (Joyce), Rex McCorkle (Lona), the late June Watson (the late Dick), the late Dorothy Blackmer (the late Jim)

Family will receive friends from 3-8pm on Sunday, February 18 at A.J. Desmond and Sons Price Chapel, 3725 Rochester Rd., Troy (between Big Beaver and Wattles). Lodge of Sorrows service will be held on Monday at 4pm at the funeral home.  After the Lodge of Sorrows service at the funeral home, there will be a reception held at the Clawson-Troy Elks Lodge #2169, 2549 Elliott Dr, Troy, MI 48083.In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial tributes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2265 Livernois #410, Troy, MI 48083.



Sandi and Chad High have asked me to forward this to you all.


Chad has been diagnosed with CURABLE stage 3 throat cancer, and has started treatment.  He had a port put in yesterday, and he will receive radiation therapy 4 times a week and chemo therapy once a week for the next seven weeks.  Please keep Chad and Sandi in your thoughts and prayers.



Sandi sent out this update this past Wednesday (2-14-18).


Hi~our schedule changed and we were in South Bend at 8 AM this morning to meet with Dr. McGrath.  Had to know there was a sudden need to see us and what he calls his "special" person.  We saw the picture of the pet scan and the tumor is big, really much bigger than we thought.  Actually it covers 3/4 of the throat and has a "core" in the middle which may require additional treatment.  Seven lymph nodes are infected too BUT it has not spread so we are thankful for that  The doctor was very surprised at the size but still remains positive.  He told Chad his throat was going to be very sore and he would have problems swallowing and said he recommended a feed tube be put in now.  That was a bit of a shock as Dr. McGrath did not want to do this at first.  Chad is going to try to avoid it and will continue as long as he can to eat and swallow.  What a guy!  His treatment time will be 9:15 every morning now for 7 weeks.  Chemo starts on Monday and will be for only once a week for seven weeks, 4 hrs each time. 


As his treatment progresses, we are going to try to take in a movie once a week on our way home in Niles.  Get lemons, turn them into lemonade -that's the plan.  Sorry for this update as it is not great news, but we are dealing with it.  Please stay on path with your prayers as we sure need them now.  Thanks so much.


Love to you all, Sandi and Chad


Follow-up from Sandi on 2/17/18


Good Morning to all~Not much to report at this time.  He  had radiation every day this week and will continue next week.  They are monitoring him very closely and we see the two different doctors every week.  He has not been sick at all and we hope that continues.  He is very tired but he is still driving to South Bend every day and home again.  So we have a routine and we are following it and along with mouth washes, high fiber diet and lots of smoothies, we are moving along.  He gets a little irritable at times, but I let that go and understand.  Keep up the prayers and thank you all for the cards-they do cheer him up.  Chemo is Tuesday.  Take care of each other~love Sandi and Chad too!


Feb 21

Greetings All~When Chad goes for his radiation and chemo, I realize we are not alone and way too many people are struggling with this terrible evil affection that MUST be stopped!  We are lucky to have found the right place with the right people monitoring every move Chad makes!  He had chemo yesterday for 4 1/2 hrs. and he slept for around one hr. which is great.  Next week I think I will go shopping while he has his treatment.  Today we met with the oncologist radiation doc. Dr. McGrath and the tumor is shrinking-great very great news and he is pleased with the progress.  He has only lost a little over one pound and this is great news too.  The doctor said if he keeps up like this, no feeding tube as he is still able to swallow with no problem, more great news.  So I must be doing something right!  I make him clean up his plate whether he likes it or not-I am strict!

He has had 10 radiation treatments and two chemo treatments as of today, so onward we go, five days a week for radiation and once a week for chemo.  I think we are winning!  Once again we thank you all for your prayers as we KNOW they are working and for the many cards.  I am saving them all and when he has a bad day, I will get them out and let him know, yes people really do care about him.  Bless you all for your thoughtfulness and kindness, it means the world to us! 
Love Chad and Sandi




I will pass on updates as they occur.


Chris Ferguson, PSP

Secretary, PSP Advisory Committee

Michigan Elks Association



In December I had my cancer follow-up CAT scan and several things showed up;  3 enlarged lymph nodes and a new nodule on the lower part of my right lung.  Doctor ordered an EBUS biopsy of the lymph nodes, and we were relieved when they came back NEGATIVE!  Doctor then ordered a lung biopsy of the nodule, and it also came back NEGATIVE for cancer.  It seems I have a Histoplasmic Granuloma, and unless there is some compromising of my immune system, there will be no treatment required.  Loretta and I have headed out to Texas and will not be home until the 28th of February.  Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers through the last few months.  They DO work. 

Loretta and Chris Ferguson, PSP



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