John M. Corbett

January 17, 1946 - May 1, 2016
John M. Corbett

John Monroe Corbett Sr “Captain Fixer”, 70, of Leland, NC passed away early Sunday morning.

He was born on January 17, 1946 in Wilmington, NC, a son of the late Walter Monroe Corbett and Juanita Collins Corbett.

He is survived by his wife Rachel Watson Corbett, his son John Jr., and his daughter in law Karen from Hayes, Virginia, his sister Carolyn Corbett Ezell which he affectionately called “Sis” and her husband George of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

He was a dedicated member of Faith Baptist Church and a born again Christian that loved and followed the Lord.  As a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was adventurous and loved the outdoors.  He was an avid fisherman, scuba diver, a commercial pilot, motorcycle rider, and loved to travel with his wife Rachel. He was loved, admired, and respected by every one that knew him as they affectionately called him Fixer for his ability to repair anything that was broken.

He was an Airframe and Powerplant/Inspection Authorization for aircraft and kept a lot of fellow pilot’s airplanes mechanically sound and safe in the air for many years.

His wife Rachel of over 47 years was his soulmate and you never saw one without the other too far behind.

Everyone is invited to visit with the family at 10:00 am with the funeral service at 11:00 am held at Faith Baptist Church in Delco, NC on Thursday, followed by a graveside service at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Faith Baptist Church PO Box 469, Delco, NC 28436-0469.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness” 2 Timothy 4:7

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Village Road Chapel,  525 Village Rd., Leland, NC 28451  910.383.3511

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  • May 01, 2016
    Carolyn Ezell lit a candle:
    Lit since May 1, 2016 at 5:40:06 PM

  • May 02, 2016
    Pastor Mike Yarborough says:
    John was truly a remarkable man. I have not met many men in my lifetime who was as talented and gracious as John. He and Rachel were truly devoted to each other, connected deeply and profoundly with one another. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to know John.

  • May 02, 2016
    Bill Settlemeyer says:
    John was a good friend. I always looked forward to seeing him at church. Even with all his wisdom, he was a very humble man. I learned something every time I spent a little time in conversation with him. He was a very smart man that loved his Lord, family and country. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his wife and family.

  • May 02, 2016
    Ed & Linda Brown says:
    Dear Rachel and Butch, John was such a good, loving soul. We are so saddened by his passing, but know he is in Heaven. Never did he speak an unkind word about anyone. He was so talented(Fixer- as we called him, lovingly). Rachel, you took such good care of him and loved him unconditionally. Ed & I will miss him so much. God Bless. Love, Ed & Linda Brown

  • May 03, 2016
    Pat Taylor says:
    Johnny will be missed. Friends come and go in our lives but a few are life long friends. That is what Johnny and Rachel are to me. Heaven received a good man on Sunday morning. Love you Rachel and Butch.