Larry Corn

December 29, 1936July 14, 2013

    CORN, Larry (Don), Sr., 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


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Eileen Rosenblum

July 22, 2013

I will never forget the day I stuck my democratic election sign in my yard and my new neighbor, Don Corn, came out and hugged me! I knew from that moment on, that I was lucky to have him and you, Jobie, as neighbors.
Thinking of you all,
Thinking of you all,

Vickie Bailey Parmer

July 18, 2013

Jimmy I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing.

Jim Tyson

July 18, 2013

One of the great things about being a friend of Judge Bill Higgins is that I was able to meet good, honest, caring and dependable people like Don. Just the fact that Don worked for Judge Higgins speaks volumes about what a substantial part of the Nashville community Don came to be. It's a very sad day to have lost such a good man as Don Corn.

Kirk Tatum

July 17, 2013

Aunt Jobie and family, I will forever remember uncle Don's kindness and sweet spirit. The world is a lesser place without this good man but oh the joy in Heaven! His heavenly family is waiting for him there. Deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers for you and family. God bless.

Mike and Rhonda Doerflinger

July 17, 2013

Dear Jobie,
We are so sad to have just read in the newspaper that Don passed away. Don and you were such a positive influence in our young married life. We wish we could have been there for you and the children today. Please know that we will keep you in our prayers and thoughts.
With warm regards,
Mike and Rhonda Doerflinger

Michael Musgrove

July 17, 2013

Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to the Corn Family and UAW Sisters and Brothers.
~ Mike & Shawn Musgrove and Family

Herbert Quigley

July 17, 2013

Donna, and the entire Corn family earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal U all are in my prayers and Donna if I had known I would have been there. Family keep your hand in God's unchanging hand. He know's just how much we can bear and the joy in this is that one day we will all see our loved one's again and sickness will be no more. I love U all.


July 17, 2013

Sorry for your loss Jobie. Earl and Tommie Flynn

William (Bill) Corn

July 17, 2013

Jobie and children,

Don was well respected by all who knew him. We would have been there today except for illness in our family. As a first cousin, we saw each other frequently as we grew up but becoming adults stretches us out far away from home and we do not always keep in touch. Our prayers are with you as you go thru this period of time.
Bill Corn - Cookeville

Guy Derryberry

July 17, 2013

Don was a great humanitarian, and a strong Advocate for working men and women in Tennessee. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.