WILMINGTON — John Wesley Corbett, 52, peacefully passed away after a brief illness Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
He was born Feb. 20, 1969, in Burgaw. Wesley was preceded in death by his father, Bayard Z. Corbett, and is survived by his mother, Lillian Hall Corbett, who has devoted her life to him for many years.
Wesley had a true love for his family. He never met a stranger and was always outgoing and friendly. Wesley’s love of trains was well-known, especially to the staff at Just Train Fun at Independence Mall who were so understanding and let him be the train conductor. His innocence and passion for trains put a smile on many people’s faces. Wesley will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his mother, Wesley is survived by his brothers, Robert B. Corbett and Greg D. Corbett; sisters, Brenda C. Crooke and Debbie C. Peacock, and her husband, Gary; special uncle, Turner Rivenbark, and his family; nieces, Jennifer Peacock, and her husband, Chad Young, and Jessica Smith, and her husband, Ken; nephews, Brian Corbett, and his wife, Kelly, Tim Corbett, and his wife, Claire, Adam Corbett, and his wife, Tracy, and Eric Peacock, and his wife, Jennifer; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Corbin Peacock, Emma Peacock, Anna Corbett, Nathan Corbett, John Corbett, Lincoln Smith and Padraig Young.
The family wishes to thank all the staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for their compassionate care.
A private family graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 26, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Currie, with Pastor Ken Smith officiating. The service will be recorded and posted on this web page afterward.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable contributions in memory of Wesley may be made to Meals on Wheels, New Hanover County.
Share online condolences with the family at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home.