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.