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Century of story-telling: Leroy Worsham is remembered

Larry Mangus chats with Leroy Worsham during his 100th birthday celebration held in late 2018.

Staff of Mark Boehler

BY ZACK STEEN

zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

With a always present smile across his face and a joke up his sleeve, Leroy W. Worsham's century of story-telling will be remembered by many.

Born in November 1918, the 100-year-old Corinth native died Saturday at his home.

Worsham was one of Corinth's last living War World II veterans, having served in the 310th Bombardment Wing during the 1940s during the New Guinea campaign in the South Pacific.

Several years before the war, Worsham worked as a teenager at the Coca-Cola Company and Biggers Hardware Store, where he would meet his future wife, Sara Biggers Worsham. He graduated from Corinth High School in 1936 and the University of Mississippi in 1940.

After working as a civil engineer for TVA, he joined the U.S. Army in 1943 serving until 1946. While enlisted, he was in charge of construction at a U.S Air Force base in Japan.

He later co-founded Worsham Brothers Construction Company with his brothers, Frank and Clifford.

He served on the Corinth School District Board of Trustees for many years and was the president of the board during the school's desegregation. He is also credited with working closely with E.S. Bishop to ensure the transition happened with minimal disturbance.

For almost his entire life, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was its oldest active member at passing.

In November, the community celebrated Worsham's 100th birthday with a reception at the Corinth Coca-Cola Museum.

Hundreds of well-wishers filed into the museum that day to see Worsham.

He smiled, shook hands "" had a Coke float "" and told stories.

"It is amazing (to be 100 years old)," Worsham told the Daily Corinthian on that cold, November afternoon in late 2018. "Grandpa died at 92, Daddy died at 91, Clifford died at 92 ... We've got good genes."

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church. He'll be laid to rest with military honors following the service at Henry Cemetery.