Robert P. Corbett

March 5, 1929 - October 4, 2021
Robert P. Corbett


Robert P. Corbett, age 92, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born in Wilmington, NC on March 5, 1929, the son of Bernard A. Corbett and Gladys Pope Corbett.

Bob worked as a Salesman for Sears and retired after 30 years of service. He loved being outdoors, whether it was out in the woods hunting, out on the water fishing or simply being out in his own backyard tending his garden, his birdhouses and seeing his bird feeders had seed for all his feathered friends.

Bob is survived by his children; Robert Pope Corbett, Jr. (Teresa), Terry C. Smith (Robert), Cindy C. Cane and Kim C. Davis (Ralph), grandchildren; Christina C. Renshaw, Robert Pope Corbett, III (Karen), Ashley S. Ashley (Brendan), Adam R. Smith (Monet), Lacey D. Cannon (Sean) and Jackson A. Davis. He is also survived by his great grandchildren; A. Brooke Renshaw, Jenna C. Renshaw and Ryder K. Corbett.

Together with his parents Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Margaret D. Corbett, and a brother and sister in law Bernard A. Corbett, Jr. (Blanche).

Friends are invited to join the family at a visitation to be held from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021, at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC. The Funeral Service will commence at 11:00 a.m. and Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations made to the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice, in loving memory of Bob, would be greatly appreciated.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Service

Monday, October 11, 2021
11:00 AM

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church - Directions
1401 S College Rd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 791-4092

Burial

Monday, October 11, 2021
12:00 PM

Oleander Memorial Gardens - Directions
306 Bradley Dr
Wilmington, North Carolina 28409
(910) 799-1686

Visitation

Monday, October 11, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church - Directions
1401 S College Rd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 791-4092

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  • October 11, 2021
    Mark Brock says:
    I was fortunate enough to have known Bob, or Mr. C. as I affectionately called him, all of my life. Bob and Margaret moved into the home next door to my family over 60 years ago. My brother and I were the "boys next door". Bob's life was centered around three things : God, family, and friends. Bob knew God and worshiped him faithfully all his life. He raised his children to believe in God and brought them up in the House of the Lord right here at Wesley Memorial. He and Margaret faithfully attended Sunday school and church with their children every Sunday. Bob devoted his time to being involved in the church and served as an usher on many occasions and relished his time with his Sunday school class and with the Methodist Men's group.He could be found every Sunday morning near the kitchen area of the Sunday school class enjoying a cup of coffee and time with his friends.He relished the cookouts that his class would have and always looked forward to the fellowship and great meals they had together. Bob and Margaret taught their children from an early age to know God and each of them are Christians and have taught their own children about God. One of Bob's grandchildren is an ordained minister and he was so proud of her faith and devotion to the lord. Bob knew God was the reason he was so blessed during his Lifetime here on earth. Bob truly loved his family and put them first in his daily world. He and Margaret raised each of them to celebrate life's blessings together as a family. Birthdays and holidays you would find the family all gathered together with Bob and Margaret. Christmas time was a special event in the Corbett home, and there were many Christmas Eve celebrations for family and friends at their home. Bob was so proud of the accomplishments of each of his children and grandchildren, and memories of their activities are found throughout Bob's home in the many pictures he so proudly displayed. His pride was so evident as he shared the memories of the births, birthdays, graduations, and weddings captured in all the photos in his home. I'll never forget the pride Bob had of showing me the picture of his son Bobby in his Coast Guard uniform, or the pictures of the weddings or graduations of his three daughters, Terry, Cindy, and Kim. Most of us know that Bob worked at Sears for many years but did you know that prior to that Bob was in food brokerage sales? He sold China Doll rice and I fondly remember the pencils and pens he gave to all the children with the red China Doll logo on them. Bob went to work with Sears in search of a more stable income and the opportunity to build a secure future and have benefits for his family. He started at Hanover center in the Sewing Machines and vacuum cleaner department. Bob built a loyal customer following for his honesty and product knowledge. Bob learned how to repair sewing machines and was quite an accomplished seamstress from all of his years around the machines. When Sears moved to the mall Bob worked in the large home appliance department and many families in Wilmington had appliances that Bob helped them to purchase. He was very knowledgeable about the products he sold and was honest with all his customers. When new sales people started at Sears Bob would take them under his wing and show them the ropes about being in sales. He always said the new folks needed to make a living and if he could help them be successful he was just doing his job. Bob had many good friends over the years. His friendly nature and outgoing personality brought people closer to him. Bob's love for hunting and fishing was contagious and he shared many great times with his friends in a boat or in a field. He loved to get out in the field the first day of Dove season with his friends. He taught all his children to love the outdoors and to respect what God had given us. He truly pioneered the "take a kid fishing " mantra.You could find him on many Saturdays or Sunday's after church with his family out in the boat near Ritchie's Inlet fishing. One of his early boats was a Simmons wooden boat that was later sold to the Cape Fear Museum for their display of locally built boats. Bob mentored numerous young men during his lifetime. Some of us in this room sought Bob out for his view or guidance on situations in our own lives. Bob was always a great listener and supporter of his friends. Sometimes a good conversation with Bob was just what we needed to feel better about ourselves and to see a different view point about situations in our own lives. I am truly blessed to have known Bob and to have shared my lifetime with him. His work here on Earth is done and I know he is rejoicing in Heaven with Margaret today. Goodbye Mr. C until we meet again in Heaven !

  • October 11, 2021
    Carolyn Oglesby says:
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  • October 11, 2021
    Carolyn Oglesby says:
    Dear Cindy, I am thinking of you, and you and your family are in my prayers at this time of loss of your wonderful father. I know you have been a great loving daughter. Your Dad has been a special man and I can only imagine how he will be missed by you all. With love and prayers, Carolyn

  • October 11, 2021
    Clinton Corbett says:
    I loved Uncle Bobby so much and have so many wonderful memories of our families together growing up. My love and concerns for Bob, Terry, Cindy, and Kim and members of the family. May the Lord keep you in this difficult time.

  • October 12, 2021
    John "Cash" Register says:
    A dear friend and fellow Martin bird lover is gone. Thank you for your friendship over many years. Go with God Bob.