Thomas Corbett

Thomas "Larry" Corbett

NASHVILLE - Thomas "Larry" Corbett passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 after a long courageous battle with lung cancer. Larry was born on October 10, 1946, the son of the late Thomas Melton Corbett and Cleo Bunn Corbett.

Larry graduated from Nashville High School and the Agricultural Institute at North Carolina State University. He devoted his life working at two things in which he became a master of both; Farming and Sporting Clays. He grew up in Nash County farming, which started on his family farm with his father but devoted many years growing his home and dreams at Rose Hill Farm.

Rose Hill is where he started his second love of Sporting Clays. Larry was not just a farm boy from Nash County, he was a two time world champion, two time national champion, three time state champion along many other accolades in Sporting Clays. He was a long time member of Team USA where he and Elaine were able to travel the world while he competed representing USA. His most proud achievement was being inducted into the North Carolina Sporting Clays Hall of Fame in 2015.

Larry did not only shoot Sporting Clays in Champion style, he loved teaching and coaching the sport. He taught the techniques of shooting, the value of the sport and many life lessons along the way. He instilled his love for Sporting Clays in his children, grandchildren and many others.

Larry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elaine Corbett; son, Thomas Stephen Corbett and wife Misty; daughter, Laurie Corbett Oliver and husband Mike. He had four grandchildren that he dearly loved and gave him great joy to talk about every day: Braxton Oliver and friend Emma Champion, Bowie Oliver, Katie Oliver and Thomas Greyson Corbett. He is also survived by a sister, Clara Powell.

Larry was predeceased by his sister, Judith Corbett Stone and brother-in-law, Elmo Powell.

A funeral service will be held Friday, September 25, 2020 at 6:00 PM at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Rev. Ricky Evans officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 6:00 PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Larry's memory to Sporting Clays Association of North Carolina to be used for youth shooting benefits. Contributions can be mailed to SCANC at 459 Charlie Norman Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030.

Cornerstone Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Corbett family and words of comfort may be shared at Cornerstone Funeral Home 1052 South First Street, Nashville, NC 27856.