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May 16, 2020


Linwood Corkern
October 3, 1942 - May 14, 2020

Linwood Corkern, age 77 and a resident of Franklinton, died Thursday afternoon May 14, 2020 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was retired after a 35 year career with the Public Works Department of the Town of Franklinton, while serving as the Superintendent for the last 20 plus years. Linwood was a Jack-Of-All-Trades and a Master of each one, as he was trained in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, mechanical work and any task that served him so well in the year-round complicated maintenance of Franklinton. He was a United States Army veteran that served during the Korean War. He, along with his wife and family, operated Linwood’s Restaurant for over 20 years. Linwood was a longtime dedicated member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as Secretary and Treasurer for many years. He enjoyed gardening, traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains and fishing with his family.

Survived by: Wife of 53 years: Irene Cooper Corkern of Franklinton; 4 Sons and Daughters in law: Jimmy and Diane Bickham of Franklinton, Jerry and Shannon Bickham of Pine, Hayes and Ruby Bickham of Franklinton, Tommy and Candy Burnett of Arkansas; Grandchildren and Spouses: Jerry Bickham, II, Jason and Cindy Bickham, Craig and Melissa Bickham, Tommy and Melanie Bickham, Kimberly and Kenny Hartzog, James Bickham, Nikki and Zach Easterling; 16 Great-grandchildren and 1 Great-great-grandchild; 2 Sisters and a Brother in law: Vermell and Joe Reid, Paulette Sanders; Sisters in law and a Brother in law: Vivian Smith, Ruby Graves, Mildred Leathers, Patricia Shapiro, Walter and Betty Cooper; Also numerous nieces, nephews, his beloved church family and many dear friends

He was preceded in death by his daughter Judy Bickham Erwin, grandsons Scott Erwin, Clint Bickham, parents Preston Corkern and Idell Carroll Corkern, brother Pete Corkern, sister Geneva C. Crowell and several brothers in law and other family members.

A graveside funeral service will be held in the Acy’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery at 3:00 pm Monday May 18th with Eld. Edward Penton officiating. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post 24.

His grandsons will serve as Pallbearers.

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