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Mack Corbitt

Mack Corbitt

April 23, 1938 - May 6, 2017     Age: 79

Mr. Mack Corbitt, age 79, of Fernandina Beach, FL, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

Born on April 23, 1938 in rural Atkinson County, GA, he was one of nine children born to the late Mack C. and Sarah Summerlin Corbitt.  Growing up in Pearson, GA he attended the Atkinson County Public School System.   In 1953 his father passed away prompting his mother and sibling’s move to Eatonton, GA to be near her family.   Mr. Corbitt didn’t return to school but began working in the cotton mills of Eatonton in order to help his family financially.  As a young man growing up in south Georgia, he had never seen the ocean.  His brother, Charlie, brought him to the shores of north Florida which would plant the dream in Mr. Corbitt’s mind to one day live near that ocean. In 1961, he moved from Eatonton to Jacksonville where he landed a job with Sealand Shipping Services and found the love of his life and future wife, Virginia Lee.  Mr. Corbitt and Miss Lee would marry in 1962.  The Corbitts lived in north Jacksonville until moving to Nassauville in 1969.  Mr. Corbitt continued to work at the Tallyrand docks where he became a Longshoreman for the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1408.  He worked at Sealand, Navieras and PRMMI until retiring in 1998.

He and his wife have been longtime members of Springhill Baptist Church where Mr. Corbitt enjoyed driving the bus for the children’s ministry as well as the Senior adults.

His family recalls his love of old Western movies, growing watermelons and his antiqueTafe Tractor.

Mack’s greatest joys were his family; serving his church and hosting the Boyett-Lee Labor Day Family Reunion. He could easily be recognized sporting his signature hat.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by five brothers and a sister.

He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Virginia “Jenny” Lee Corbitt of Fernandina; six children, Janice Pickett (Joe) of Fernandina Beach, Timothy Corbitt (Liz) of Bryceville, Sarah Lynn Corbitt of Jacksonville, Perry Corbitt (Tammy) of Fernandina Beach, James Forbes Corbitt (Shauna) of Yulee, and Samuel Forbes Corbitt of Fernandina Beach; his sister, Gladys Harrell of Macclenny; ten grandchildren, Joseph and Joshua Pickett, Andrew and Aaron Corbitt, Lexi and Savannah Corbitt, Taylor and Trent Anderson, Ally and (soon-to-be-born) Paisley Forbes; a great grandchild, Kolton Pickett and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Springhill Baptist Church with Pastor Daryl Bellar officiating.

Mr. Corbitt will be laid to rest in Springhill Baptist Church Cemetery.

His family will receive friends on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Oxley Heard.


10 Condolences

  • Jan Strassner – Landon, Jorja & Lily Posted May 8, 2017 3:05 pm

    Ginny, I will always love Mack for the attention he gave my grands when we came fishing. His time always translated into love. We will miss him.

  • Joyce Kelly Posted May 8, 2017 4:47 pm

    Much love and many hugs ?

  • Donna logue Mullikin Posted May 8, 2017 10:14 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, always thought the most of you and Mack! Prayers for your family

  • Colleen Alderman Posted May 10, 2017 7:31 am

    Tim and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your Father. Please know that we are Praying for all of you at this time of sorrow. God Bless you all.

  • Frances West Daly Posted May 11, 2017 8:07 pm

    I knew him as a young man when he and my Uncle Lester Bill would get together. Back then we had large family reunions and all the Corbitts got together at Mattie and Lester Corbitts. I enjoyed the camaraderie between them. I was a little too much younger than the two of them to be included but I did enjoy watching them cut up and carry on. In reading this tribute to him I would have loved knowing him as a “grownup” also. Just know that I love all of you Corbitts and maybe one day I will get down South again to see all of you.

  • Sally Crowe Posted May 11, 2017 10:21 pm

    Having worked with Mack at PRMMI, I’m very sorry to learn of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. A nicer gentleman I have not known. Rest in peace old friend.

  • Cousin Martha Dean west Hammond Posted May 11, 2017 10:33 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of Mackie Corbitt passing I always enjoyed seeing you and him at different functions: I wish we could have visited together more. I would have liked for your children and mine to know each other as family. I love you and your family. I loved Mackie and he will be missed.

  • Dorothy Ogilvie Posted May 12, 2017 12:32 am

    Mrs.Jinny, very sorry to hear of your loss of such a sweet and nice man.I knew Mr.Mack and yourself from all my years at the Jiffy Store,He will surely be missed.You are in my thoughts and again very sorry

  • Janice Duggan “Jan” Posted May 13, 2017 1:21 pm

    So saddened to hear of Mack’s passing. For many of us who worked with Mack on Blount Island, he was not just a co-worker but a very dear friend in all ways. I am truly blessed he was a part of my life and will always be in my memories. Jinny, may God comfort you, your family and friends.

  • Susan Shannon Posted May 22, 2017 11:15 am

    So many great times….We will miss you. Love and prayers for the family.

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