Corbit Allen Whitehead, 76, of Buna, passed from this life peacefully on July 13, 2013. Corbit was born November 6, 1936, in Kirbyville, Texas, to parents, Jim and Minnie Whitehead. When he was a young child, he moved with his family to Buna, where he lived the remainder of his life. As a teen he began training horses and taught lessons in reining, cutting and roping. Corbit loved horses and entered horse shows with his horse, Black Top. Ribbons and trophies from the shows lined the long hall at his mothers home in Buna. Corbit worked as a heavy equipment operator before being elected Jasper County commissioner in 1967. He served as commissioner until 1987. In 1991 Corbit was elected Jasper County judge and during his tenure in that office, the Jasper County Courthouse underwent a major historical renovation. The project, as closely as possible, restored the old courthouse to its original form. After his career in public service ended he worked as a pipeline inspector, traveling extensively throughout the United States. Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Elmer Ray Whitehead and Cecil Whitehead; and sisters, Attrail Manning and Eileen Strozier. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Peveto Whitehead; daughters, Jana Whitehead, Joan Heirtzler and husband, Jimmy, Judy Crews and husband, Brett; his grandchildren, who affectionately called him Pop, Amanda Eaves Harley and husband, Lee, Clayton Simmons, Jaelyn Heirtzler and Justin Heirtzler; great-grandchildren, Gracie Harley and Kason Harley; brothers, Wilburn Whitehead, Herman Whitehead, Marvin Whitehead, Roy Edwin Whitehead, Lynn Whitehead, and Jerry Whitehead; and a sister, Claudette Whitehead. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday July 16, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Buna. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 17, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Buna. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Services are under the direction of Adams EE Stringer Funeral Home in Buna. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1900, Buna, Texas 77612.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 16, 2013