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Phyllis "Bobbye" Corbin

FLORENCE Phyllis "Bobbye" Corbin died on December 1, 2010. Bobbye's husband of 52 years, Ruel

"Mike" Corbin, and her eldest son, Larry, predeceased her. Bobbye and Mike had a daughter

(Debbie Jelonek-Farmer) and 3 sons, Larry, Daryl, and Rodney from Florence. Bobbye has

8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren residing in Virginia and South Carolina. Bobbye

had a brother, Eldridge "Pete" Powell, who predeceased her, 2 sisters, Mary P. Glenn and Pat

P. Kale, residing in Florence, and numerous nieces, nephews, and relatives in Iowa and South


Bobbye, born on February 14, 1928, was raised in Shiminally near Indiantown and attended

school in Pamplico. When Bobbye was a teenager, a girlfriend and she bought a car and

headed towards Hollywood. Bobbye got an advertising job as a "cigarette girl" and fashion

model in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she was named "best dressed." In 1944, Bobbye met

Mike, a young sailor stationed at Corpus Christi Naval Base, whom she and they married in

1946. After World War II, Bobbye and Mike moved to Iowa to work on a family farm and

raise children. Bobbye also became a top sales producer for a company called Cinderella,

International, an early version of Avon.

In 1966, the Corbin family made Florence home where Bobbye raised 4 children and worked

in the restaurant and hospitality industry, beginning as restaurant manager of the Charcoal

Hearth Restaurant in the Downtown Holiday Inn owned and operated by Jack Orr ("Jack"),

founder of the Orr Company. Colonel Harland Sanders visited Bobbye and Jack at the

Charcoal Hearth Restaurant and fried them chicken with "secret spices" called Kentucky

Fried Chicken ("KFC"). Jack became an early KFC franchisee, Bobbye managed Jack's

KFC restaurant, and Colonel Sanders personally presented to them many coveted "White

Glove Awards" for several consecutive years. Later, Bobbye became the Banquet Captain

for the Florence Ramada Inn. In 1991, Bobbye won the worldwide hotel chain's most

prestigious "National Hospitality Person of the Year Award" over more than 17,000

competitors. Some of Bobbye's famous Ramada Inn banquet clients who requested her

individual service were Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Richard Petty.

During retirement years, Bobbye was a devoted servant of the Lord, feeding and clothing

homeless people and destitute families. Bobbye loved volunteering for food bank and

cooking duties at Gospel Light Bible Church whose founder was her eldest son, Pastor Larry

Corbin. Bobbye's gentle nature, positive attitude, and inner strength made everyone around

her feel better. Children would stop crying in her arms.

Cain Funeral Home at 512 West Second Loop Road will handle burial arrangements and host

family visitation on Sunday (December 5th) between 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Bobbye's 10:00 a.m.

funeral service, on Monday (December 6th) at Gospel Temple Worship Center, 3987 West

Palmetto Street, precedes the 11:00 a.m. graveside ceremony at The National Cemetery on

National Cemetery Road. Please donate to the Salvation Army or a church in Bobbye's