October 3, 2022, 89, Pikeville –
Donald Eugene Corbett completed his earthly journey on October 3, 2022. Donald was born February 22, 1933, to the late Pearline Smith Corbett and Richard “Dick” Corbett. He was married to the love of his life, Betty Jean Blow Corbett, for 66 years. They were only separated by death for a few short months, as she was called to her heavenly home in May of this year.
Donald proudly served his country in the US Army. He was on active duty during the Korean Conflict. He developed gratefulness for his freedom and a strong discipline to work hard, no matter the situation. One of Donald’s unique talents was in the field of Gemology. As a Certified Gemologist, he had an eye for identifying the beauty in gems the ordinary person would miss. He used these skills to provide the best for his customers while working for Garris Jewelers for 33 years. He continued in the trade, owning Corbett’s Jewelers for 17 years.
Working as a gemologist sparked his creativity and this carried over to many other areas of his life. Craft painting and writing were part of his artistic expression which provided relaxation and joy. He loved to watch God at work while gardening, working in the greenhouse, and growing vegetables to put on the table. Donald always put God first and this allowed him to see God at work in all areas of his life.
Donald’s faith began to develop and flourish at Woods Grove Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. When Donald and Betty were married, they worshiped and served the Lord together at Pikeville Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. They remained faithful servants throughout the remainder of their lives. Donald’s deep and abiding love for God provided him with the opportunity to serve in leadership positions in the church. Donald was a Deacon on the Deacon Board, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, a faithful member of the church choir, and the Church Treasurer for 28 years. Donald did all of these things because he loved God and he loved others. This was his way of expressing his love to God who provided him abundant life here on this earth and a heavenly home he now enjoys.
His greatest gift from God was the overwhelming love of his family. Donald and Betty built quite a life together, always working to keep God at the center of their marriage and their family. They taught their children about this faithful love. They watched them grow up, marry and provide even more love and joy through their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. God richly blessed Donald and Betty and they were ever grateful for the gifts they were given.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022, at The Pikeville Church, 336 Nahunta Road, Pikeville. A service to celebrate Donald’s life will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary with Pastor Mark Whitfield and Pastor Don Sauls officiating. The interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Fremont.
Donald is survived by his children, Susan Corbett Brock and husband, Steve, of Goldsboro, Tyron E. Corbett and wife, Jennifer, of Fremont, and Lavon G. Corbett and wife, Lisa, of Goldsboro; Nine grandchildren; Eleven great-grandchildren; a special neighbor and friend, Richard Phillips; numerous “favorite nieces and nephews”; sister, Nancy Scott; brothers, Joe Corbett and Clayton Corbett. In addition to his parents and his wife, Betty, Donald was preceded in death by his sisters, Angeline Burroughs, Marie Colie, Lola Capps, and Margie Witt.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to
The Pikeville Church
P.O. Box 910
Pikeville, NC 27863
Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.