Corbet Collins

Corbet Collins passed on Tuesday, January 22. He was born December 5, 1934, in Baxley, Georgia, to Rebecca and Sam Collins. He was the youngest of ten children. One sister remains, Arlo Collins Eagleson, 92, of St. Augustine, Florida.

Jean Collins followed Corbet Tuesday, February 5 while at Lawrence Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. Melvie Jean Wynn was born near Baxley, Georgia, August 29, 1936, to Ethel and Robert Wynn. She was the youngest of ten children as well. All of her siblings have passed.

Corbet attended Appling County High School in Georgia. The first time he met Melvie Jean, he was on crutches after a car accident. Although she was just 5’4”, Jean played on the high school basketball team, excelled academically and graduated second in her class of 77 students in 1954. Corbet was scouted for a professional baseball team while in high school. The injury from the car accident prevented him from pursuing his dream of being a major-league player.

Corbet married Melvie Jean in 1956. He served in the Air Force 1954-1959 finishing up at Chanute Air Field in Rantoul, Illinois.

After a short stint managing restaurants in Illinois, Corbet and Jean moved to Lawrence in 1962 to manage Sandy’s Drive-In. In 1964, they bought Henry’s Hamburgers where all 5 of their kids learned the restaurant business. They sold the property to Burger King in 1984. Jean became a realtor with Stephens Real Estate and retired in 2016. They divided their time between their cattle farm, gardening and remodeling rental houses.

Corbet was active in local politics and at one time served on the public safety committee. He loved sports. He played and coached softball for countless teams over the years. Corbet and Jean were avid bowlers and enjoyed the Lawrence leagues.

Corbet and Jean’s five kids and 11 grandkids will miss them. Please join the family to remember them both at Wayne and Larry’s on Saturday, March 2 for an open house 4-8 p.m.

Messages & Condolences

From Sandy Wagner (Brown)...

He will be missed by many. Daddy very much enjoyed coffee with him every morning. I always had fun on the bowling trips… corbet always made me laugh. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs and love to you all.

From Jill and Roger Powell...

He will be missed. Never forget his love of bowling and trips to Pittsburg KS bowling tournaments.

From Terry Headley...

Jean and Family, sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that Corbett and your family have touched so many lives in a positive way.

From Cindy McNicoll...

Thank you for all you did for our community.
Peace be with you.
You and your family are in my prayers

From Penni Porter Reeves...

Jean & Family – I was so saddened to see Corbet had passed. You were both such good friends to our family. He will sure be missed by so very many for his stories & his smiles!! Much love & many prayers 💝🙏🏻💝

From Debby (Ball) Fornelli...

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

From Joan Stevenson...

Oh Jean I am so sorry about Corbetts death. but I also know that his health was so poor too. we know you will sadly miss him.

From Denise Harris {Sprow}...

Jean, am so sorry for the loss of Corbet…he was a great friend, boss at Henrys and a bowler. He bowled with the Overbaughs at the Pladium…. You have a beautiful angel with you at all times..

From Lisa Stofac...

My sincere condolences to Miss Jean and the Collins family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

From Margaret Metsker Kalb...

Jean and family, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of Corbet. Working for him at Henry’s was one of the most enjoyable times of my life. He always cared so much about his employees. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From Debbie Snell...

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire extended Collins family during this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in each other and your memories as you all process your loss.

From Janet Daniels...

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Corbet was a wonderful man with a wonderful wife Jean.

From Gary and Julie Crowe...

Gary and I are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are keeping the entire family in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything at all we can do, please let us know.

From Vickie Robertson...

To Jean and family, Corbett will be missed by all who knew him. He was quite a character and now he and my Daddy,Claud Aubry ,can keep the angels laughing

From Thomas Pollard...

From my whole family Our condolences we all worked for Corbet at Henry”s. He was always very kind to me and my sisters. I am thankful for the time I had with him and his family

From Steven L. George...

Please accept my deepest condolences.

From Michele (Garrett Simpson)...

My condolences to the Collins family.

From Gary Tollefson...

Absolutely one of the pivotal rocks of the Lawrence Community..I go back to 1964 with Corbet and the Sandy’s Drive-In…I worked many a long hours with this man for a dollar an hour, and sometimes would work 100 hours a week just to make a hundred bucks…I bowled with Corbet for years, and will always miss that Southern drawl as he talked about all things…He was a close friend of my dad, Tony, and always made one laugh…So sorry to read of his passing…may the family find the peace that is only found at the foot of the cross, and the resurrection assurance that we have through the resurrected Christ…God bless

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