BURLINGTON - Mrs. Virginia May Corbett, 89, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Hospice Center in Burlington.
She was a native of Alamance County and the daughter of the late Mr. George Washington May and Mrs. Maggie Elvira Sykes May. She was the wife of Mr. Clyde Edwards Corbett until his death in 2012.
Virginia and Clyde met in Myrtle Beach, S.C. while Clyde was in service. They had two dates and then corresponded by letter for a year while Clyde was serving overseas in World War II
. When he returned from his tour of duty, they were wed at the parsonage on July 20, 1945. The Lord blessed them with 67 wonderful years of marriage!
Virginia received her Secretarial Certificate from Elon College in 1943. She began her career at Fairchild Aircraft. Leaving there she became secretary to the Safety Director at Associated Transport Inc. in 1944. She stayed home and cared for her children for 10 years.
In 1968, an opportunity became available as secretary at Seaboard Underwriters Inc. This led to a 21-year career in the insurance industry. She was a legal secretary to the Vice President of the Claims Department when she retired in 1989 from Bankers and Shippers Insurance Company.
While a member of the National Secretaries Association, she began taking courses at Elon College with the desire to pass the Certified Professional Secretarial examination. In 1974, she succeeded.
She was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Reformed Church where she was co-teacher of the Junior Class for 12 years. She also taught Bible School. Later she was co-teacher in one of the Adult Classes for 10 years. After retirement, she became Co-Archivist at St. Mark's Church and a member of the Memorial Association. She helped survey St. Mark's Cemetery and documented the information. She also wrote a booklet called ""Time Line History of St. Mark's Reformed Church"".
She enjoyed researching family genealogy, which led to her membership in the DAR.
The family is appreciative for the many caregivers that helped during the last few weeks of her life. Also, to the nurses and staff at Hospice for the wonderful care they provided. We would like to thank the family and friends for the many cards and visits that encouraged us during her illness.
Survivors include a son, Barry Corbett and wife, Brenda of Raleigh; two daughters, Esther Corbett of Raleigh and Denise Corbett Sawyer and husband, Peter of Gibsonville; grandchildren, David, James, and Paul Corbett, Karen Corbett Nel, Sarah Sawyer Hinton, Suzanne Sawyer, Danielle French and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Joy Dare May Isley, as well as three brothers, Doyle May, Roy May and Kenneth May.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, at St. Mark's Church by the Rev. Robert Disher Jr. and the Rev. Ben Bishop. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will be tken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service to lie in state.
The family will have a reception following the funeral in the St. Mark's Atrium and at other times they will be in the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark's Church, 1230 St. Mark's Church Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com