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Jean (Jacobs) Corbitt

February 13, 1926 ~ January 2, 2021 (age 94)

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Proverbs 31: 10, 28


[10] Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies . . .

[28] Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.


Merlyn Jean Jacobs Corbitt went to be with her Lord and Saviour on January 2, 2021 at age 94. She was a loving mother to nine children. She lived her final years in the home of the Manchack family in East End. We are forever grateful for the unselfish love and care given her by Janice (the baby girl) and her husband David as well as their five children. May they be abundantly rewarded for their loving attention.

Jean was born February 13, 1926 in Garfield, Washington to Irma Margaret (Haight) Jacobs and Hugh Reynolds Jacobs. She was a graduate of International Bible College in San Antonio, Texas in 1954. She married Orville Allen Corbitt on November 27, 1954. Their marriage of nearly fifty years produced nine children.

Sarah Labunski (Tony) of Marinette, Wisconsin

Orville Corbitt Jr. (Sandy) of Hot Springs

James Corbitt (Sharon) of White Hall

Timothy Corbitt (deceased) formerly of North Little Rock

Cynthia Shock (Bryan) of Alexander

John Corbitt (Jill) of White Hall   

Anita Henderson (Monte) of Sherwood

Ben Corbitt (Beverly) of Pampa, Texas

Janice Manchack (David) of Mabelvale


These children begat children by the dozens.    Three dozen grand children, plus spouses, and an even dozen great grandchildren, and counting . . .

Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Orville Allen Corbitt, and son Tim Corbitt, two brothers Vincel  and K Jacobs and a sister, Gloria Atteberry. She also had three siblings who did not survive early childhood, Marjorie Eleanor Jacobs, Donald Dean Jacobs and Hugh Reynolds Jacobs Jr.. She is survived by two sisters, Faith Lawrence and Betty Carey of Oregon. She loved them dearly. Her survivors also include eight children, almost fifty grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


Jean’s interests centered around God, her family, including her church family and a few good friends.  She enjoyed bird watching and was a gifted writer of poetry and stories. Her writings included a column “Potpourri” in a paper “The Redfield Update”, that was distributed around the world, no doubt because everyone couldn’t wait to read her latest musings. She wrote about whatever she found interesting at the time, and often what she found interesting was her children. They were simultaneously, locally famous and embarrassed.

Jean’s best writing, however wasn’t done with a pen. It was the story of her life and it was told through her daily living. It was a beautiful life, we are thankful to have been a part of it.


Funeral arrangements by

Smith Benton Funeral Home

322 North Market Street

Benton, Arkansas 72015


Visitation will be 5-7 PM Thursday January 7 at the funeral home.


Funeral services will be held at White Hall United Pentecostal Church

Friday, January 8, 2021

Visitation at 10:00 AM

Service will follow at 11:00 AM

7745 Sheridan Road

White Hall, Arkansas 71602


Place of interment

Memorial Park Cemetery

6707 Dollarway

White Hall, Arkansas 71602



Psalms 116

[15] Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.


In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to:

Landmark Pentecostal Church

P. O.  Box 972

Mabelvale, Arkansas 72103


The Jean Corbitt Scholarship Fund

ANAX, Inc.

C/O Matthew Corbitt @

ABC Block

7720 Interstate 30

Little Rock, Arkansas 72209








To send flowers to Jean's family, please visit our floral store.


January 7, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Smith - Benton Funeral Home
322 N. Market St.
Benton, AR 72015

January 8, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
White Hall United Pentecostal Church (Arkansas, Sheridan Road, White Hall)

Funeral Service
January 8, 2021

11:00 PM
White Hall United Pentecostal Church (Arkansas, Sheridan Road, White Hall)


Memorial Park Cemetery-White Hall
6707 Dollarway Rd
White Hall, AR 71602

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