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June 19, 1930-May 20, 2011

Sadie Coleman Corbett, 80, of the Rock Ridge community in Wilson County, died Friday, May 20, 2011.

Funeral will be today at 3 p.m. at Wilson Memorial Service, followed by a time of visiting and sharing.

Sadie was born on June, 19, 1930, on what is now known as Sadie Road.

She was the third daughter of the seven children of Robert and Lula Coleman. She lived in the community of her birth except for a time shortly after her marriage to John Allen Corbett. After completion of nursing school, she worked for Dr. Charles Fitzgerald in Farmville. This began her tenure as a nurse to all those around her. Her nursing career covered years as a Public School Health Nurse in Johnston County, but she is best remembered to those in the Rock Ridge area as Dr. Robert Richard's first nurse. She began working with Dr. Richards as he started practice in Rock Ridge in the late '50s. Sadie later continued her career as director of nursing at what was then known as the Eastern N.C. Sanatorium. Her final career move was to the Division of Services for the Blind until her retirement. Sadie fully retired in 1994 after 43 years of nursing. She then volunteered at the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, remaining active in Federation of the Blind and Lions Club activities and Marsh Swamp Free Will Baptist Church as long as her health allowed. For her outstanding work with the state of North Carolina, she received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1992.

Surviving is her daughter, Yvonne C. McLamb (Dr. Sam) of Goldsboro; son, Johnny Corbett (Jackie) of Wilson; grandchildren, Kevin Aycock of Rock Ridge, Kelly A. Shiel (Tom) of Raleigh, Allen Corbett (Lindsey) of Zebulon, Caitlyn Corbett of Rock Ridge; step-grandchildren, Marguerite McLamb of Chapel Hill, Catherine M. Brown of Charlottesville, Va., Jennifer M. Whitaker of Hickory, Sam McLamb III of Asheville, Justin Fulghum of Wilson, Brandon Fulghum of Wilson; seven great-grandchildren, Katherine, Tyler, Kemper, Hazel, Sam IV, Hugh and Eleanor; sisters, Katie Watts of Wilson, Linda Lamm (Gerald) of Wilson, Margaret Page (George) of Kernersville, Bahma Littleton (Thomas) of Wake Forest; sister-in-law, Eula P. Corbett; other close surviving family members, including Ruby S. Coleman, Delores C. Joyner, Virginia C. Wheeler and Marie W. Corbett.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Robert C. and Lula Wiggins Coleman; sister, Mary C. Gartrell; and brother, Frank Coleman.

Memorials are suggested to Milbournie FWB Church, 5854 Countryside Rd., Wilson, NC 27896, or to Kitty Askins Hospice, 107 Handley Park Court., Goldsboro, NC 27534.

Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 N. Fieldstream Drive, Wilson, (252) 237-7171, www.wilsonmemorialservice.com.


Published in Obituaries on May 22, 2011 12:47 AM