Robert Radford Corbin, 91, of White Hall, passed away Sunday (Sept. 11, 2016) at his residence.
He was born May 29, 1925, in White Hall, the son of two loving parents, the late Chester A. and Viola Radford Corbin.
Mr. Corbin attended the Eldora United Methodist Church from an early age and was an active member there since 1952. He has held most church offices, was formerly a Sunday school superintendent and president of the United Methodist Men's Organization. He was the first church lay leader, the charge lay leader of the Boothsville Charge, and also taught Sunday school class. He had a great interest in the Clermont Cemetery, where he served as chairperson of the cemetery trustee. He volunteered to help clean up the cemetery. He raised money to install a chain link fence, a new flagpole, a monument in memory of all military veterans and have rock applied to the driveway.
Mr. Corbin graduated from Fairmont Senior High School prior to entering the military in 1944. He was a member of Fairmont Moose Lodge No. 9, a lifetime member of the American Polled Hereford Association, a lifetime member of VFW 629 of Fairmont and a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart where he held several offices. He was a past commander of Chapter 724 of Fairmont. He was also a welfare officer for the State Department of West Virginia Military Order of the Purple Heart. He served in World War II in the 88 Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Italy where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He served in France, occupation forces in Berlin, Germany, Belgium and Lunenburg. He worked 13 years at Fairmont Machinery. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Shinnston with 27 years of service. He marched in several parades with the color guard of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
His hobbies and his enjoyable moments were gardening, making beautiful items out of wood and with his love and art, giving them away as special little gifts just to say how much he cared about his family and friends. He loved working on his farm for hours where he had a herd of registered polled Hereford cattle since 1967. He was a very kind, gentle and loving man who would help anyone in need.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Lou Clark Corbin who died on June 22, 1992, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Edwin D. Corbin, Chester A. Jr. Corbin, and William B. Corbin; two sisters, Davelyn VanGilder and Anna Lois Hayhurst.
He is survived by his second wife of 22 years, Pearl Stewart Corbin; five children, Robert A. and Donna Corbin of White Hall, John Terry and Kim Corbin of Boothsville, Donna M. and John Morrison of Glen Dale, Debby L. Corbin of Watson, and Cathy D. and Terry Williams of Volga; 10 stepchildren, Carolyn and Bob Roy of Thorton, Beverly and Bill Hasley of Santi, California, James and Nieta Stewart of Fairmont, Elizabeth Stewart of Alexandria, Virginia, Claude and Kathy Jo Stewart of New Port Richie, Florida, Debbie and Dave Clemens of Fairmont, Penny and Bob White of Rivesville, Kathy and John Griffith of Fairmont, Janet and John Hinerman, also of Fairmont, and Tom and Jenny Stewart of Hyhat, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, 30 step-grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He also loved his special dogs (Kelly and Nicky). He wanted it to be known that he loved each one of you very much.
The family will receive friends from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. Fairmont and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m Thursday at Eldora United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. Dr. Mike Richards officiating. Interment will follow at Clermont Cemetery in White Hall. Full military rites will be performed by the Marion County Veterans Council at graveside.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.domicofh.com.
Published on September 13, 2016