Tommie Jean Pinkston Corbell

Born on Oct. 8, 1928

PORT LAVACA - Tommie Jean Pinkston Corbell (or MaMa, as she is lovingly known to her grandchildren), 85, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014. She was born on October 8, 1928 in Rising Star, Texas to the late Tom Pinkston and Leslie Lucille Hodnett Pinkston.
She grew up in Ranger, New Castle, and Darst Creek. She graduated valedictorian from Dowdy School, in Guadalupe County near Seguin. She entered Southwest State Teachers College in San Marcos, in 1945 where she earned a teaching degree. In 1946, Tom and Lucille moved to the Humble Camp in Flour Bluff, near Corpus Christi. On one of her visits home she met her future husband, the late Billy Joe "Bill" Corbell, whose parents lived a few houses down the street. Tommie and Bill married in January 1948. During her career, Tommie taught school in Bloomington, Katy, Pattison, West Columbia, Texas and Venezuela. Tommie and Bill lived in many different locations, including Katy, Kingsville and West Columbia, Tx., Venezuela, Pensacola, Fl., Green River, Wy. and Santa Barbara, Ca. They made many friends throughout those years that remain friends today. When Bill retired they moved to Port Lavaca, Tx. to pursue his passion of fishing in Port O'Connor and hers of community service and involvement. Tommie was an election official for the local Republican Party for many years. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, regular workouts at Curves, attending church at 1st United Methodist Church and numerous other community activities. Bill and Tommie were members of the Conservative Club and the local chapter of the TexasExes. Tommie was a much loved supporting wife, mother, MaMa, sister and friend and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by two sons, Jon Corbell and wife Rayelene of Brazos Country, Tx. and Mike Corbell and wife Irma of Seabrook, Tx and one daughter, Kathy Henkes and husband Chuck of Oklahoma City, Ok.; grandchildren, Kris and husband Steve Bellard, Ryan Corbell and wife Rachel, Casey, Eric and Matthew Corbell, Hailey and husband Danny Points, Jake Henkes and wife Andria, and Alyssa and husband Kevin Ewing; and four great grandchildren, Brock and Beck Bellard, Peyton Points and Colton Corbell; one sister, Barbara Barker and husband Charles and one sister-in-law Janie Pinkston; and numerous nieces, nephews and several cousins.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30th at Richardson Colonial Funeral Home. A celebration of her life and legacy will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1st at First United Methodist Church at 814 N. San Antonio St. in Port Lavaca with Pastor Mark Porterfield officiating. Graveside service will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery in Port Lavaca.
Pallbearers will be the grandsons.
Richardson Colonial Funeral Home of Port Lavaca is in charge of the arrangements. Words of comfort may be shared at

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