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Corey Tanksley

Corey Lamar Tanksley

Monday, June 28th, 1971 - Friday, April 23rd, 2021
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Corey Lamar Tanksley was born June 28, 1971 in Rochester, NY to Velma Tanksley and
Lawrance Campbell. As a teenager, he would literally spend hours reading the Webster's
Dictionary. The time he spent studying words came in handy when he decided to become a
rapper in 1985.

Corey was a graduate of Edison Technical High school and obtained his Bachelor's Degree in
English/Creative Writing from The College at Brockport. He was a McNair Scholar as well as a
member of the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).

Corey was always fascinated by words. He left college to in 1992 to pursue a full-time career
in Hip Hop. In 1994, he was offered a recording contract by a subsidiary of Warner Brother
Dreams. After becoming fed-up with the fundamental changes that Hip Hop music
underwent in the 2000's, he decided to go back to school in 2007 to get his degree. He
focused on developing his skills as a writer. He wanted to extend and push himself to obtain
the skills necessary in order to write on a world class level, no matter the medium.

Corey wrote articles for Tocsin Magazine and the Minority Reporter. One of his greatest
accomplishments was publishing along with his partner and best friend, Lawrance Evans, two
books: "B-Boy to Man-Freshman" and "B-Boy to Man-Sophomore". Together, he and Evans
were the writing duo collectively known as 'The SilverBacc Brothers'. He was the founder
and creator of the Rochester Black Author Expo.

Corey raised three beautiful young ladies, Cairo, Cadeeja and Cierra. They were without
question his motivating factor to become the best human possible. Along with his three girls,
he had a deep love for serving the community. This was cultivated by his involvement with
Doology coined by his god-father, Minister Lawrance Evans. This school of thought says
instead of sitting around complaining about the world, you go out and try to fix it.

Corey had a love for great movies, old school hip hop, classic television shows, playing
basketball, poker and of course watching his Dallas Cowboys play. His true passion was
networking with individuals in the community.

Corey is survived by his parents, Velma Tanksley and Lawrence Campbell; three daughters
Cairo, Cadeeja and Cierra; siblings: John, Kim, Tarra, Nicole, Andre, Justin; god-sister Katrina;
god-brother to the Evans siblings; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins to mourn his
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, May 7th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Church of Love Faith Center
    700 Exchange St
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  • Service

    Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 7th, 2021 11:00am
    Church of Love Faith Center
    700 Exchange St
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  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1133 Mt. Hope Avenue
    ROCHESTER, NY 14620
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Posted at 01:31pm
Velma, It's Gloria we share two cousins. My deepest sympathy. No one knows how it is to loose a child no matter how old they are. Who would have ever thought we would share such a horrible broken heart as this. I laid Ross aka Pumpkin to rest July 29, 2020. He was 50 years old. Listen I'm here if you need me for I know the hurt you feel. God says we should rejoice when a love one goes on to glory but it's hard when it's your child and sisters. Who would have thought so many years ago we would share such hurt. Isaiah 41;10 says So do not fear for I am with not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you: I will uphold you with my righteous right hand . I send this verse to you and the family for God will hold you up I know He is holding me up as I type. Call me and please know I am praying for you and the family. May God Bless and give you comfort at this time. God Bless Gloria Dinkens

Dianna Greem

Posted at 02:21am
To the family of Mr.Corey Lamar Tanksley, I went to high school with Corey, he was a great person, respectful and loving, he never change throughout the years very genuine, too his daughters, your " father is a legend",

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