BURLINGTON - Mr. Clyde Edwards Corbett, 90, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 5 at the Hospice Center in Burlington.
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He was a native of Burgaw, North Carolina, and the son of the late Titus James Corbett and Mary Eliza Rochelle. He lived in Burlington for 53 years and was married to Virginia Lee May Corbett.
Clyde served during World War II with the 15th Army Air Corps 485th Bomb Group in Italy as a ball turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He flew on bombing missions in Italy, Austria and Germany. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded two bronze medals for Meritorious Service in the Overseas Campaigns.
During one of his stateside furloughs he met the love of his life, Virginia Lee May, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. while she was on vacation with girlfriends. They had two dates and then corresponded by letter for a year while Clyde was serving overseas. When he returned from his tour of duty, they were wed at the parsonage on July 20, 1945. The Lord has blessed them with 67 wonderful years of marriage together!
In 1950, Clyde graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in accounting. After graduation, he obtained employment as an Internal Revenue Agent. He was transferred to Roanoke Rapids, N.C. where he moved with his wife and newborn son. During this time, two daughters were born to them before moving back to Burlington in 1959. He also worked with the IRS in Greensboro and Durham before he retired in 1980 after 30 years of service.
In 1981, he joined Century 21 Ralph Harris Realty as a Realtor. Clyde enjoyed 30 years in the real estate business and made many long-time friends by helping people sell and purchase homes.
He was a member of St. Mark's Reformed Church and served as a Deacon, Elder, Sunday School teacher, Superintendent of Sunday School and Chairman of the Memorial Association. He loved his church and serving the body of believers. In recent years, he served as a greeter and enjoyed welcoming new folks to church.
Clyde was most remembered for his friendliness, sense of humor and love of people. He trusted in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a tent revival meeting as a teenager. He followed the Lord all his life and testifies of His goodness and faithfulness. He gave God all the praise for his wonderful family, beloved wife and many good years of health and blessings. He was known as a generous man with his time and resources.
Clyde had a spirit of optimism and a heart of gratitude that overflows. The love of Christ flowed through him to others and made people feel special and loved. This was so evident in his last days at ARMC and Hospice as the nurses attended to his needs and spoke of his warmth and kindness to them. The family is so grateful for the wonderful care provided by the nursing staff.
Clyde was also a lover of nature and animals. He enjoyed dove hunting and fishing. He planted a garden every year and loved to watch it grow. In his later years, he raised goats and they became his favorite pets. Every Spring, baby goats were born to the delight of his great-grandchildren.
Meeting daily with his coffee club friends at McDonalds was a favorite pastime. The group was fondly referred to as the "Table of Knowledge." Clyde would not miss an opportunity to meet with his coffee club pals. They became loyal friends.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia May Corbett, of the home; a son, Barry Corbett and wife Brenda, of Raleigh, two daughters, Esther Corbett of Raleigh, and Denise Sawyer and husband Peter of Gibsonville. Grandchildren, David, James, and Paul Corbett, Karen Corbett Nel, Sarah Sawyer Hinton, Suzanne Sawyer, Danielle French and 11 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by four sisters, Doris Raynor, Eleanor Voohrees, Eunice Peterson and Louise Hayduke; five brothers, Leslie, Linwood, James, Earl and Haywood Corbett.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, December 7 at St. Mark's Church by the Rev. Robert Disher, Jr. and the Rev. Ben Bishop. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Rich and Thompson Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening, December 6 and at other times in the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark's Reformed Church, 1230 St. Mark's Church Road, Burlington, N.C. 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2012