James “Jimbo” J. Corbett, 58, passed away, surrounded in love with his family on Friday, April 15th 2022 at Franciscan Health Michigan City.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bobby Joe Corbett and Louise Corbett, along with two brothers, Kimmy Lee and Robert Corbett. Surviving are his siblings, Joseph (Katrina) Corbett, Terry Corbett, Sandra (Leslie) Lipscomb, Alan Corbett, Brenda (Ronnie) Sullivan, Randall (Angela) Corbett and John Corbett, along with many nieces and nephews.
James was brought into the world by his parents, Bobby Joe and Louise Corbett on August 15th 1963. Upon his arrival, both parents couldn’t agree on his name and in some unknown happenstance, he left the hospital with 2 birth certificates, 2 names and 2 birthdays. His “alias”, as his family called it, was Andrew Kenneth after his grandfather. The mix-up wasn’t discovered until later in his adult life. Even though he had another name attached to him, he was and always will be the legend, James J Corbett. His name came from the iconic American world heavyweight champion boxer, James John Corbett, and he, without a doubt, filled the shoes of the name. For a small guy, he was mighty and had muscles like Popeye to prove it.
James was the great protector of his family and always had the backs of his fellow Corbett crew. Jimbo was tough, but he also had a softer side and the kindest smile. He loved his dogs as if they were his children and enjoyed taking many pictures of all of the dogs in his life.
James had an amazing artistic ability and just like his mom, he was an outstanding poet. He was not only gifted with words, but also had an incredible skill at drawing. His nieces and nephews were always in awe of his creativity. James doodled cartoons, made picture frames, and created baby shoes out of potato chip bags for them.
Jimbo had an eye for photography, especially when he was out on the boat, where he took stunning photos of Lake Michigan at sunset. He had so many happy places like being on the water, fishing, deer hunting, mushroom hunting, and riding his motorcycle. His Harley Davison motorcycle was his pride and joy and it was as much of a symbol of freedom to him as the American flag and a Bald Eagle.
In his free time, Jimbo was also musically inclined and was the go to video man while his brothers jammed in their band, The No Cover Band. Listening to his brothers rock n’ roll wasn’t the only place that Jimbo liked to jam. Every Sunday morning he looked forward to the music and songs that his Pickens family would play at Full Gospel Church in Michigan City, where he attended. The Word of God at his cousin Dennis Pickens' church meant the world to him. He had an incredibly powerful faith in his Lord and Savior, and knew that God blessed him every waking day just by being alive.
James was grateful to be alive by, not only the grace of God, but by the aid of the amazing doctors, nurses and dietitians at Davita Dialysis, where he was treated for over 17 years. He even wrote a poem about his experiences there and how they taught him to keep himself healthy throughout the years of his treatments. He started each day with a thumbs up, a smile and a strong will to live. James had a heart of gold and held everyone he loved near and dear to his heart. His legacy and love will live on in spirit and will stay forever with those who loved him.
A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Door Village Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to DaVita Kidney Care, 9836 W. 400 N., Michigan City, IN 46360 or Jane Bernard Animal Adoption Center, 2855 West State Road 2, La Porte, IN 46350.
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