Funeral services for Michael Corbin will be held Saturday, August 22 at New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in Helena-West Helena.

Funeral services for Michael Corbin will be held Saturday, August 22 at New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in Helena-West Helena.


Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Stephens Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Rodney Corbin will officiate.


Burial will be in Sunset Memorial in Helena-West Helena.


After a long and valiantly fought battle with illness, Michael Corbin finally found rest and healing as he transitioned this life into the next on August 17, 2015.


He was the second of eight children, born to Thornton Corbin Jr., who preceded him in death also known as June, a father who he forever looked up to, and Marie Burrell Corbin, the mother whom he adored and dearly loved, both of whom are also of Helena-West Helena.


Michael graduated from Central High School in the class of 1975, after which, he enlisted in the infantry division of the U.S. Army. And after being honorably discharged he obtained an Associate’s of Arts Degree from Phillips College studying social services.  Michael wanted to be a counselor, which is understandable, because if you knew him, you immediately recognized the empathy and understanding that he possessed which manifested in a desire to help others. 


However, for various reasons his dream of a career in this field escaped him. Instead, he found his life’s work in various areas of endeavor that included security work, manufacturing jobs and industrial work.   


Through countless medical procedures, Michael fought, endured, and survived to continue in his role as husband and father to 7 stepchildren who he raised from the start of their young lives with his wife, Yvonne (Mitchell), as if they were his own.  In fact, to him, they were his own.  They are Zabrian Mitchell of Benton, Trichina Myers of Blytheville, Karie Montague of Little Rock, Dennis Wainwright of Helena-West Helena, Cherrelle Campbell of Jacksonville, Kristina Wainwright of Jonesboro, and Tristian Wainwright also of Helena-West Helena. Last but, certainly not least of all, a son, Jermichael Spiceson was born before the union of Michael and Yvonne.  Though there was distance between them, Michael spoke of Jermichael often and loved him dearly. Jermichael makes his home in Midland, Texas. He was grandfather – better known as Pawpaw to 34 grandchildren.  Michael and Yvonne were married on Valentine’s Day, 22 years ago. 

Known to his friends and family simply as Mike — He was just that, a simple, down home, all around, good guy.  Born November 20, 1955, and from the start he was a quiet humble spirit.  This is a quality that stayed with him throughout his life.  Classmates fondly recall the ready-smile that he always met people with.

Michael will forever be remembered by his devoted brothers, Gregory (Gloria) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rev. Rodney Corbin (Barbara) of Southaven, Mississippi and Ronald of San Diego, California, and his loving sisters, Regina Corbin-Conley (Michael) of Fayetteville, Adriene Diane Corbin of Helena-West Helena, Cassandra Corbin-Blake (Edmond) of Bartlett, Tennessee; and Jacqueline Corbin-Redwine (Stanley) of Lawrence, Kansas; along with countless other family members and good friends – including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews who were blessed to know him. Michael will be sorely and dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

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Services were entrusted to Stephens Funeral Home.