Bertha Elsie Corbett Hatch passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She celebrated her 88th birthday in June 2015.
Born 1927 in Atkinson, Elsie was the youngest of six children born to Walter Albert Corbett and Bertha Barefoot Corbett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Parker Hatch Jr.; sister-in-law, Pattie Drinard Gettys; parents; and siblings.
Elsie graduated from New Hanover High School in 1945 and from Meredith College in 1949. She was a loving wife, sister and mother devoted to her family as well as to her extended family of cherished friends. She was a true Southern lady whose heart and home were open to all who knew her, and this was her joy filled with warmth, gentleness, and a kindred spirit.
Survivors include her five sons and their families: Frederick Parker Hatch III, and his wife, Helen Stoll Hatch of Lexington, Kentucky; Walter Grant Hatch, and his wife, Tina Maria Hatch, of Wilmington; Stephen Edward Hatch, and his wife, Sherry Haddock Hatch, of Wilmington; Mark Augustus Hatch, and his wife, Rhonda Davis Hatch, of Charlotte; and Bertram Paul Hatch, and his wife, Kimberly Wescott Hatch, of Leland; grandchildren, Melissa Hatch Stokes, Courtney Monique Hatch, Robert Parker Hatch, Bertram Paul Hatch II, Andrew Stephen Hatch, Samuel Warren Hatch, Shannon Nicole Hatch and James Davis Hatch; step-grandchild, Megan Renea Parsons; and great-grandchild, Katherine Gay Ward.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2016, at Andrews Mortuary Market Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, at Giles Cemetery in Airlie Gardens. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and Jason Tyson. Honorary pallbearers include Albert Corbett, Scott Corbett, Edward Corbett, James Corbett, Gil Horton, Ted Davis Jr., Michael Davis, Allen Trask Jr., John Tyson, Kevin Chatfield and Bill Simons.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and deep appreciation to Dr. Neill Musselwhite for his many years of friendship and wonderful care.