MEMORIAL SERVICEFirst Baptist Church
Springield, MO 65806
On January 14, 2019, the Lord awarded James Edward Corbett his crown of righteousness. Jim fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. Jim passed away peacefully in his home with his wife, Deborah, beside him.
Jim was born on April 7, 1952 in Tallahassee, Florida to Grace and James Edward Corbett, Sr. He was the youngest of three children, with twin sisters Jane and Anne.
Jim spent the first part of his life in Tallahassee, including graduating from Florida State University in 1974. He and Deborah married on November 26, 1975, and as newlyweds, began their careers in Chicago. While working full time for ITT Corporation by day, Jim attended John Marshall Law School at night for five years. During that time, he and Deborah had their first two children, Matt and Melissa.
Upon graduating from law school, the family moved to Evansville, Indiana where Jim first began practicing law. They had two more children, Sarah and Sam, before relocating to Springfield, Missouri in 1985.
The Corbett family found their home in Springfield. Jim founded Corbett Law Firm in 1986 and continued to practice law until his health declined. Jim loved his work and had great success but would not want to be remembered for his job.
Jim was a wonderful husband, dad, and friend. He always gave his best to his family. He and Deborah were happily married for 43 years. Through the years, they welcomed many children into their home and gave them a safe place to flourish. In addition to their biological children, they raised their nephew, Nate, and adopted their youngest daughter, Lilly, from China in 2007. Their children grew up in a home full of faith, laughter, and fun. He loved his family well.
Jim had a sweet relationship with Jesus and spent his time and energy investing in people. He made us all laugh with his amazing storytelling. He was incredibly generous and would meet the needs of others cheerfully. He believed the best in others and encouraged us to pursue our passions. He adored his grandchildren and had a special relationship with each of them. He lived for adventure and loved to travel with his family. Jim loved to snow ski in Whistler, British Columbia and SCUBA dive in the Florida Keys.
Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Jim was positively impacted by his life. Jim was actively involved in First Baptist Church and Freeway Ministries. At church, he taught the 5th and 6th grade boys Sunday School class. Jim loved the work of Freeway. Last February, he had the privilege of traveling to South Africa to work with the local Freeway in Capetown.
Last April, Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only given weeks to live. The Lord mercifully gave us nine more months to spend with him. After the diagnosis, Jim had the most amazing attitude. He was comforted by Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” He turned his focus towards heaven and eagerly looked forward to eternity where he would be perfectly healed in Jesus’ presence. When he took his last breath, there was deep peace surrounding him.
Jim finished his race well. We are proud of the man he was and for the legacy of faith he has left behind. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servant.” (Psalm 116:15)
Jim is survived by his wife, Deborah, their five children: Matt (Jennifer) Corbett, Melissa Corbett, Sarah (Brett) Williams, Sam (Stephanie) Corbett, Lilly Corbett; nephew, Nate (Malayna) Woods; ten grandchildren; twin sisters Jane (Jim) Shimeall and Anne Brown; and a large, wonderful extended family.
The family would love for you to share what Jim has meant to you at www.jimcorbettmemories.com ; they will treasure your meaningful stories and fun memories.
We are honoring Jim the way he lived his life, with the joy and assurance of eternity. Please wear bright colors to his Celebration of Life at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 27, at First Baptist Church (525 South Avenue Springfield, MO 65806).