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Larry CORN Sr.

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CORN, SR., Larry (Don) Age 76, former labor leader and retired court officer for General Sessions Court, was called home on July 14, 2013. He was the son of the late Marvin Burnette Corn and Annie Lee Burt Corn. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jobie Starnes Corn; four children, Donna Corn Crumley (Rick), Larry Don Corn, Jr., James Leslie Corn (Karen) and Anita Jane Corn Hicks (Jim); grandchildren, Matthew, Nathan, Elena, Leslie, Logan, Lizzi, Kyle and Josh. He was the youngest brother of the late Bobby, Gilbert and Jane Corn Tatum. Mr. Corn was born in Winchester, Tennessee and grew up in southwest Nashville, graduating from West End High School in 1956 with NIL football honors. While in high school, "Ace" worked as a copy boy for the Nashville Tennessean. Legendary Sports Editor, Raymond Johnson, gave him a job as a sports reporter upon graduation. He served honorably in the Tennessee Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve during the late 1950's and early 1960's. In 1957, Mr. Corn went to work for the newly built Ford Glass Plant and became active in the United Auto Workers. He was the first President of UAW Local 737 to ever be re-elected to that position and served for five terms as President before being promoted to the UAW International Union representing workers in Tennessee. He specialized in wrongful discharge cases. A proud and vocal Democrat, he served on the Davidson County Democratic Executive Committee for several terms, as well as being involved in various national activities and election projects. Following his UAW International retirement in 1989, Mr. Corn went to work as a Court Officer for the Honorable William E. (Bill) Higgins, General Sessions Court Judge and continued in that position until his retirement in 2002. He often referred to that vocation as being a "very educational, exciting and rewarding experience". Mr. Corn returned to the organized labor arena in 2002 and was elected Chairman of the extremely active UAW Local 737 Retirees' Chapter, one of the south's largest. More recently, he has worked as a Volunteer in the Emergency Room at St. Thomas Hospital. He has written a number of labor related editorials over the years in various local and national publications. He penned numerous Three Star Letters to the Tennessean and was a Gold Star Award recipient. He was an active member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church, serving on the Stewardship Committee, Bellevue Masonic Lodge No. 519 and Al Menah Temple. Funeral service will be conducted at ten a.m. the morning of Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Woodlawn's Dignity Hall, with the Rev. Randy Corn and Rev. Lora Jean Gowan, and Judge Higgins officiating, entombment to follow in Woodlawn's Cross Mausoleum. Active Pallbearers will be James M. Williams, Melvin Nelson, Charlie Claraday, Gilbert Allen Corn, Jr., Eddie Bryan and Phil Suiter. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Thompson, George Ferguson, James Dugger, Robert Williams, Joe Armstrong, Cecil Demonbreum and Danny Warren. In lieu of customary floral tributes, donations may be made to the Bellevue Community Food Bank, 7501 Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37221.


Published in The Tennessean on July 16, 2013
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