Sanford Leonard Korschun

Sanford Leonard Korschun

November 10, 2022, 93, Goldsboro –

Sanford Leonard Korschun, 93, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2022, while surrounded by his family.

Sandy was born in Washington, NC on February 25, 1929, to the late Charles Salem Korschun and Belle Miller Korschun and is the oldest of four sons. He attended Goldsboro High School for two years and graduated from Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, VA, and earned his BS in Commerce from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was a member of Temple Oheb Shalom in Goldsboro.

Sandy began his first employment at his father’s Pepsi-Cola bottling business at age 14. He served in Naval ROTC in college, and obtained a commission in the U.S. Navy; he served as communications officer and deck officer on the USS Whetstone during the Korean War receiving an honorable discharge from service as a Lieutenant Junior Grade.

He returned to the family Pepsi-Cola business in 1954. After his father’s death, Sandy purchased his brother’s interests in the business and then became a national top ten per capita sales bottler in the Pepsi-Cola franchise system. He built a new bottling facility in Goldsboro and then helped found and create Carolina Canners, Inc. and Carolina Packaging, Inc. in Cheraw, S.C. which produced soft drinks in cans and plastic bottles for much of the North and South Carolina region. He later built a new warehouse distribution facility in Goldsboro before selling the business in 1999.

He served as President of the Young Democrats while later changing to the Republican Party. He was active in the Goldsboro Rotary Club, and in the Golden Kiwanians. He served on the national board of the Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Association and as President of N.C. Soft Drink Association where he successfully won a repeal of the NC Crown tax.

Sandy organized and incorporated the Village of Walnut Creek, N.C. and served as its Founding Mayor, and then later served on its Village Council. He served on the board of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and chaired its Military Affairs Committee, the Highway 70 sub-committee, and the Government Affairs Committee. He was the founding President of the Seymour Johnson AFB Association. He served as President of the Wayne County Committee of 100 helping to bring three major new employers to Wayne County. He organized and served as President of Keep Wayne County Beautiful, a subsidiary of Keep America Beautiful.

He served on the BB&T Bank city board; was President of the Eastern NC Railroad Alliance. He helped obtain the first Emergency Alert Weather Signal for Wayne County. He created Korschun Inc. which funded small ventures and worked to promote North Carolina’s two ports in Morehead and Wilmington N.C.

Sandy created and funded the Korschun Foundation which has annually made donation grants to charities serving Wayne County and the surrounding areas including providing scholarships to local colleges and providing for food and medical care needs to improve the lives of citizens of Wayne County and Eastern North Carolina.

Above all, he loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be truly missed.

The family will greet friends on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home. A service to celebrate Sandy’s life will be held by the graveside in Willow Dale Cemetery on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with Rabbi Marc Kasten officiating.

Sandy is survived by daughters, Eva Kathryn Korschun Simmons and husband Luke of Raleigh and Suzanne Korschun Hamilton and husband David of Goldsboro; sons, Stuart Blair Korschun and wife Tracy of Parker, CO and Samuel Frederick Korschun of Goldsboro; his brothers, Robert Korschun of Miami and H. Marshall Korschun of Atlanta and his family; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Martha Moore Morton Korschun, by his brother Alan Korschun and by his daughter, Martha Elizabeth Korschun.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the compassionate care provided by the staff of Home, Health, and Hospice. Love and heartfelt thanks are also expressed to the staff of Brookdale Berkeley Boulevard for their loving care for our father.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to
American Diabetes Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite, 900
Arlington, VA 22202

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