George Corder, co-founder of Corder's Jewelry, Somerset, Ky., passed away on Dec. 22, 2003, at Golden Years Nursing Home in Monticello. He was 89. Corder was one of 11 children raised on a farm in McCreary County by the late James and Arbanna Corder. When he was barely in his twenties, he purchased a small watch repair shop in Monticello from the widow of its owner. A few years later, he married Lena Corder, and the young couple began to stock the shop with merchandise, beginning the transformation from repair shop to jewelry store. As World War II began, George was offered the opportunity to purchase a second shop. Knowing he would soon be drafted into the armed forces, George reluctantly declined, but when the war ended, the offer still stood—and this time he accepted. On July 1, 1945, the Corders opened their second store, in Somerset's Fountain Square. They operated both stores

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