LUFKIN, Texas ---- Cecil C. (Sandy) Corbin, 82, of Lufkin, Texas and formerly of Bloomington and Bedford, passed away at 10:25 p.m., May 18, 2004 at Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin.
Born June 27, 1921 in Owensburg, he was the son of Hovey and Thirza (Porter) Corbin.
He was a retired fire chief from the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center with 30 years service. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II, a member of VFW 6380 Lufkin, Texas, the American Legion Post 18 Bloomington, DAV 15 - Ex-POW Golden Triangle Chapter and St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Jasper, Texas.
As a U. S. Air Force veteran of WW II, he served in Casablanca; Oran; Tunis; Tunisia; North Africa and Foggia, Italy.
In January 1944 he was shot down in Sofia, Bulgaria. Captured a few days later near the Greek border, he was kept as a POW in a prison camp in the mountains near Shumen, Bulgaria. He was freed in September 1944 when Russian soldiers overran the camp.
For his service in the military during war time, Corbin received the Purple Heart, an Air Medal, two Oakleaf Clusters, a Good Conduct Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, a presidential unit citation and was a member of the Caterpillar Club.
Corbin left the military with the rank of technical sergeant.
Survivors include, his wife Patricia Ann (Sexton) Corbin of Lufkin who he married in 1986; three daughters, Kathy Cox of Otisco, Carol Primeau of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Patricia Prause of Houston, Texas; three sons, Robert Corbin of Dickenson, Texas and twin sons Brian Corbin of Houston, Texas and Bruce Corbin of Bloomington; two step-daughters, Kim Brown of Fayetteville, Ark., Amy Straily of Denver, Colo.; three step-sons, Tim Straily of Hazen, Ark., Rob Straily of Oregon, Ben Straily of Boulder, Colo.; 30 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances (Lane) Corbin who passed away in 1984; three brothers, Hovey Corbin, Jr., Chester Corbin, Joe Corbin; three sisters, Thelma Weaver and Velma Caudell, who were twins, and Lucille VanBuren; and his parents.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield with the Rev. Bryan Abernathy and the Rev. Merla Craig officiating. Burial will be at the Owensburg Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to the hour of service at the funeral home.