Jewel Faydene Smith Corbett, 87, Independence Day celebrations brought her great joy

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Jewel Faydene Smith Corbett
Jewel Faydene Smith Corbett

WILMINGTON — Jewel Faydene Smith Corbett, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Care Center.

She was born in Raleigh, N.C., on March 1, 1929, the daughter of the late John Bryant Smith and Rosa Lee Permenter Smith. Faydene was a member of St. Andrews-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church and was an active member of Daughters of the King, which prayerfully ministered to the needs of members and non-members of the church. Her life was dedicated to service with many church and community organizations. One of her special places was the Hanover Seaside Club. Lunches and dinners with family and friends, especially Independence Day celebrations, brought her great joy. She was an accountant by trade and a valued part of several Wilmington companies.

Faydene was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Captain Jack Harriss Corbett; and son, Michael W. Corbett; brothers, Jay Smith and Ray Smith; and sisters, Peggy Smith Lockamy, Janice Smith Stone and Blondell Smith Abrams.

Surviving are her sister, Mickey Smith Turlington of Hampton, Va., and many special nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Also, she is survived by her closest friend, Julia Rogers. Their friendship transcended more than 10 decades. There were very few days during those years from the 1930s until her passing that they didn’t see each other or speak on the phone. In many ways, they were closer than sisters.

Faydene loved people and this love was returned in many ways because of her special gift of being able to listen. In later years, her mobile phone was never far from her side, always interested in the lives and activities of others.

The following poem was very special to her and she asked that it be shared at her passing:

When I’m Gone
Mrs. Lyman Hancock
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last wear mile,
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken;
Remember some good I have done.
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I had loads of fun.
Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day.
The forget to grieve for my going,
I would not have you sad for a day,
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay,
And come in the shade of the evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west.
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at a viewing and visitation in Parish Hall at St. Andrews-on-the-Sound. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Richard Elliott at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Following interment, Faydene requested that a catered reception be held in Parish Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

The family wants to give special thanks to the Rev. Richard Elliott, the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice, caregivers with Care Alternatives and Annie Jones Heyer. We are grateful for your ministry to her.

In lieu of flowers, Faydene requested that memorials may be made to St. Andrews-on-the-Sound, 101 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403; or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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