Who is James 'Buster' Corley's wife? Dave & Buster's co-founder dead at 72 in suspected suicide

Who is James 'Buster' Corley's wife? Dave & Buster's co-founder dead at 72 in suspected suicide
The Co-Founder of Dave & Buster's James 'Buster' Corley was married to Leacy and have a daughter, Kate (Leacy Corley/Facebook)

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DALLAS, TEXAS: James "Buster" Corley, the co-founder of the well-known restaurant-arcade chain Dave & Buster's, died at the age of 72 in a suspected suicide, according to the company. According to WFAA, Corley was discovered dead at his house near White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, December 2, from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Corley was discovered by Dallas police officers, who transported him to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  

The death was also confirmed by Corley's family. His daughter, Kate, told WFAA that her father had a recent stroke that had a significant impact on him. “Buster Corley had a stroke four months ago that caused severe damage to the communication and personality part of his brain. The family asks for privacy during this time,” she reportedly said. 



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Who is James "Buster" Corley's Wife?

The Co-Founder of Dave & Buster's was married to Leacy and they both lived together in a Dallas home. There are very few details available about Leacy as she prefers her personal life under wraps. However, according to her Facebook account, she was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and went to study Arts at Memphis State University. She frequently appeared with his husband and daughter, Kate, in various photos. According to her Facebook profile, she loves horse riding and posted several photos doing that as well. 



How Dave & Buster's was founded?

Dave & Buster's was originally founded in 1982 in Dallas, by Corley along with his partner David "Dave" Corriveau, who died in 2015 at the age of 63. According to Dave & Buster's, the business partners famously flipped a coin to decide whose name would come first. Corriveau won and the rest is history. In the late '70s, Corley and Corriveau ran a game parlor before foraying into the restaurant and entertainment business. In Little Rock, Arkansas, Corley ran a pub called Buster's, while Dave ran a gaming den called Cash McCool's nearby. 



They decided to collaborate after realizing their businesses drew like-minded customers who liked to play games and eat at the same time. In December 1982, they opened their first Dave and Buster's restaurant in a 40,000-square-foot warehouse. The company had successfully added 10 branches by 1997, all around the US. According to The Sun, the restaurant and entertainment chain currently have over 151 sites all over the US. James' net worth ranged between $6 and $10M, The Sun report added. 

A company spokesperson for Dave and Buster's said in a statement to WFAA, "Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time and while we will miss his wise counsel and his easy laugh, the legacy he and Dave built endures. His pioneering spirit and steadfast belief that ‘everybody is somebody’ set the foundation for bringing food and games to millions of Dave & Buster’s guests over the past 40 years. Buster’s passion for hospitality, his demand for excellence, and the deep care he had for his team members were unparalleled."

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