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Ruby Keller Corbitt

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 25, 2014 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Ruby Keller Corbitt passed away at home February 25, 2014. She was born in Oxford, NC on May 20, 1915 to parents Emma Orders and Claude Beard Keller. At the age of two, her mother died and her father later married Susie Critcher, who raised Ruby and her beloved brother William Lee Keller.
Ruby graduated from Oxford High School in 1932. She attended the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, graduating in 1936 with a B.A. degree in biology and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She went to Sunbury, NC after graduation to teach biology and French at Sunbury High School. While living and teaching in Sunbury, she met Rudolph Corbitt whom she married on September 12, 1941 in Oxford, NC.
Ruby and Rudolph lived in Sunbury, NC and Newport News, VA before moving to Oxford, NC in 1950. Ruby and Rudolph became active members of the Kinton Fork Community. She helped her husband to run Corbitt Service Station while raising their two children. She became a member of Hester Baptist Church, where she served faithfully for the rest of her life. She taught several Sunday School classes and served in many positions as a member of the Hester WMU, only stopping in her 90’s. She was also a member of the Oxford Extension Club for many years.
“Mrs. Corbitt” as she was affectionately known to most, was a loving wife, mother and friend to many. Loving life and helping others, she was the oldest member of Hester Baptist Church. Always teaching, she encouraged so many to stop and learn about nature, to recognize the countless wild birds around us, and to take time to help small animals. She loved her country, and truly modeled what a ‘good teacher’ should be.
Surviving family members are her son Robert L. Corbitt, his wife Denise, and her daughter Susan E. Corbitt of Oxford, NC, and her grandson Michael Cutts and his wife Emily of Raleigh,, NC.
Services will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at Hester Baptist Church, Oxford, NC by Rev. Alex Gallimore. Burial will follow in the Hester Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Hester Baptist Church, WMU Missions Fund, P.O. Box 964, Oxford, NC 27565 or to the Harris Exhibit Hall Renovation, P.O. Box 1433, Oxford, NC, 27565.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 28 in the Hester Baptist Church Parlor and funeral services will follow at 2pm in the Sanctuary.
Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Corbitt family. For online condolences go to www.hallwynne.com and select obituaries.

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Condolence from Judy Cole Hester on February 25th, 2014 12:00 am

I just read the obit for Mrs. Corbitt. I grew up in Hester Baptist Church and always had the greatest respect for Mrs. Corbitt. My Mother and Daddy were Thurman and Jessie Lee Cole. My Mother was in Mrs. Corbitt’s Sunday School Class for a number of years. Daddy always enjoyed going to the store, sitting around talking to the men and playing cards. You all have my sympathy. God grant you his peace during this time of change and adjustment in your lives.

Condolence from Mike Turner on February 26th, 2014 12:00 am

My family was very sadden to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know that you and your family will be in our prayers in the days and weeks ahead and that God will be by your side during this time of great loss. May God’s Love give you peace. Mike and Gail Turner

Condolence from Janice Lyon on February 26th, 2014 12:00 am

Bob and Susan, I just learned of your mother’s passing and I am so sorry to hear it. I never met your mother but I know to have raised two fine people like you both she must have been a wonderful woman. She lived a long life and I know you will both miss her but she is now at peace. May the Lord bless and keep you during this time.

Condolence from Gail Warren on February 26th, 2014 12:00 am

You were both so fortunate to have such a wonderful mother-I did not know your dad but I am sure he was just as fine-I always held your mother up in high regard as she was the ultimate “southern lady”. So nice and gentile-I know you will both miss her so much and I am praying God will Comfort you in your time of sadness-Love, Gail Warren

Condolence from Beverly Fedewa on February 26th, 2014 12:00 am

Susan, Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. I am so sorry you have had to endure this loss. Sounds like she had a wonderful, full life.

Condolence from Bob and Shelley Suka on February 26th, 2014 12:00 am

Bob and Sue

Your mom was a very special lady and loved by everyone who knew her. Please know that we share in your grief and extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Condolence from Mary Gabriel on February 27th, 2014 12:00 am

Denise – so sorry to learn of the death of your mother-in-law. A very hard time for the whole family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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