Betty J. Corbitt
Mrs. Betty Jean Starks Corbitt was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 18, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Isom and Arcola Moore Starks. The family later moved to Lowndes County, Alabama where she became a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Burkeville, Alabama. She was educated in the public schools of Lowndes County.
Betty graduated from Alabama State University and became a public-school teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. She then met her future husband, Reverend John H. Corbitt. They moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where Betty also taught in the public schools.
Betty and Reverend Corbitt later became the parents of two sons, Bruce and Terry Corbitt. Betty received a Masters degree from the University of Central Arkansas. She also studied at the University of Maine, Tuskegee University, and Furman University. In 1974, the family relocated to Greenville, South Carolina. Here, Betty became a teacher in the Greenville County public school system. She retired from Greenville County schools in 2007.
She traveled with her husband to several parts of the world. She visited Israel on two occasions and was baptized in the Jordan River. She also traveled with her husband to International Baptist Conferences in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Glasgow, Scotland; Harare, Zimbabwe and Seoul, Korea. Betty also traveled with her husband to China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Jordan, Greece and Austria.
She held active memberships in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Links, Incorporated, and The Girlfriends. At Springfield Baptist Church, Betty served as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Missionary Circle Leader, and on other church committees.
She leaves to mourn, her husband of 51 years, Dr. John H. Corbitt; her son, Bruce (Rachel) Corbitt; eleven grandchildren; Sydney, Caleb, Terry Jr., Taylor, Tyra, Julianna, Asia, China, India, Elijah, and Terry Young; six great-grandchildren; former daughter-in-law, Latrice Corbitt; three aunts; two uncles; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends