MANCHESTER, Ga. — One of the Albany Herald’s longest serving sports editors, Paul McCrovey has passed away at the age of 82 in Manchester where he lived with his wife Helen.
McCorvey graduated from Albany High School in 1954 and then went to Mars Hill Junior College in North Carolina before graduating from Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn. in 1959.
He later taught high school for 10 years in Franklin, Tenn., Worth County High School, Westover High School and at his alma mater — Albany High School. After his time teaching he took the job as the sports editor for the Albany Herald in 1969 and held that position until 1992.
He earned six first-place state Associated Press awards in writing, one second-place award in photography and one first-place award in writing from United Press International in his career. He was a member of the Georgia Sportswriters Association and the Associated Press National Association of Sportswriters. He served on the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Board three years.
Following his career at The Albany Herald, he worked as a technical writer and instructor for the Economic Development arm of the Albany Technical Institute for 4 1/2 years. He worked part-time as a Public Relations Director for the Worth County School System for 2 1/2 years before retiring at the end of June 2001.
He and his wife Helen moved to Manchester in July of that year. He began working part-time for Grimes Publications in 2003. He covered meetings of the City Councils of Manchester, Greenville and Woodbury and meetings of the Meriwether County Board of Education. He covered special events and he wrote a column that appeared in several of the Grimes Publication weeklies.
He was an avid tennis player. He wrote 33 poems the Online Poets’ Workshop and had one published in “Birds and Blooms” magazine. He also had a tremendous love for music and sang with the Albany Community Chorus as well as performed solo at churches where he was a member. He had a passion for the University of Notre Dame. He followed all of its sports teams with a fervor and truly bled Blue and Gold.
McCorvey requested that his poem that follows be included:
My God is close beside me,
Warming my cold world with His love.
Comforting me on every painful step.
Gently brushing away the blurs from these weakened eyes.
I rest in His strength.
With my hand in His, I feel no fear.
I am at peace with myself
Because He loves me.
I am not worthy of His presence.
I can only trust in His mercy
And marvel at His grace,
And thank Him for Joying me.