Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN


Margaret L. McCorkendale

April 28, 1948January 11, 2020

Margaret Lucille McCorkendale, a lifelong Memphis resident, died on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at the age of 71.

Margaret was born on April 28, 1948, one of four children of the late George E. & Elizabeth Stone Lenow. She graduated from Central High School; was a math and science teacher for Memphis City Schools and the Desoto County School System. Later, she went back to school herself and obtained her Masters in Education from Memphis State University in August of 1986. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education Sorority. Margaret was also a longtime member at Bellevue Baptist Church.

Along with her parents Mrs. McCorkendale was preceded in death by her sister Patcey Lawrence. She is survived by her only daughter and son-in-law Amy & Steve Chambers of Bartlett, Tennessee; grandson Justin Chambers; two brothers Edwin (Marge) Lenow & Raymond (Karen) Lenow; nephews Ray, Mark & Evan Lenow; and many other extended family members and friends.

Family and friends will gather on Thursday, January 16th from five o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening at Memphis Funeral Home located at 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38119. Funeral services, also at the funeral home, will be held on Friday, January 17th beginning at ten o'clock in the morning followed by an escorted procession to Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers in Margaret's honor may be offered to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


  • Amy Chambers (Steve), Daughter
  • Justin Chambers, Grandson
  • Edwin Lenow (Marge), Brother
  • Raymond Lenow (Karen), Brother
  • Ray Lenow, Nephew
  • Mark Lenow, Nephew
  • Evan Lenow, Nephew
  • Along with her parents, George E. & Elizabeth Stone Lenow, Mrs. McCorkendale was preceded in death by her sister Patcey Lawrence.

    She also leaves many other extended family members and friends.

Learn more about the McCorkendale name


  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital



  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 17, 2020


  • Committal Service


Margaret L. McCorkendale

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jackie Gaines

January 16, 2020

Amy, I didn’t know your mother as well as I knew Patcey when y’all were in high school. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Margaret was a beautiful lady. Jackie (Jennifer and Scott’s mom)

Earnestine Williams

January 14, 2020

I will always remember the last talk Ms Margaret and I had sitting at her table in her kitchen. She asked me that Friday to read her the 23rd Psalms. We talked about it and I asked her to give me that beautiful smile and she did. I’m really gonna miss Ms Margaret I loved her so much because of her kindness and her great personality. When you ask her something she would always say my favorite word yes ma’am and I would say I love you boo and she would give me a thumbs up and say I love you. Love you Amy and Steve my prayers are with you all. Love Earnestine.

June Lindsey

January 13, 2020

I will cherish the talks we had and will miss your friendship. I know you were a strong christian lady and that comforts my heart. May God comfort you, Amy, Steve and Justin during the difficult days ahead.


Learn more about the McCorkendale name