A retired business owner, lover of the natural world, prolific reader, traveler, and LSU fan, Curtis Felder Corkern, Sr. died peacefully at home in Gainesville, GA, after an extended illness on April 6, 2019. He was born June 23, 1941, and grew up in Denham Springs, where he made lifelong friendships. He served in the U.S. Air Force, working with pilots in simulator flight training, then launched a five-decade career in electronics and telecommunications. Curt is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia McGuire Corkern; six children, Curt (Dana) Corkern of Winchester, TN, Leslie (Jim) Geiser of Athens, GA, Mike (Laurie) Ernest and Scott (Mandy) Stephens of Baton Rouge, and Carter (Deanna) Stephens of St. Augustine, FL; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Joyce Tyler of Denham Springs; and a special niece, Darla Herrin (Britt) of Senatobia, MS. He was predeceased by his parents, Calvert and Bobbye Corkern, and a daughter, Suzanne Stephens Schmalzried. The family wishes to thank the many caring neighbors and friends who have been such an encouragement and support during Curt’s illness. For those wishing to make a memorial gift, Curt respected the work of Folds of Honor Foundation (Dept. #13, Tulsa, OK 74182) FoldsofHonor.org, and also the Wounded Warrior Project (POB 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516) WoundedWarriorProject.org. Interment of ashes and military burial will be held in Louisiana at Port Hudson National Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends at a reception in Curt and Patricia’s home in Gainesville on Sunday, April 14, from 2-4 p.m.

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