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OF CHILDHOOD FADING A TRIBUTE TO BILL CORBIN
With the passing of each person I knew as a young child, I feel a part of my childhood fading away. Such was the case with the passing of Bill Corbin last week. I was a constant visitor to their home in the Atoah community where I was born and grew up. Their oldest son Billy and I were childhood friends and did most of the dumb and dangerous things country boys do growing up. I was treated by Bill and his wife Eloise just like I was one of their kids, whatever they ate, I ate. They operated a grocery store in earlier years. If they gave their kids a treat from the store, I was given a treat too. Although my hair has long since turned from boyhood brown to geezer grey, I still remember those things. One does not forget people who were nice to them as a child, ever.
people probably know Bill through the produce stand he
and his family operated at Five Points. Bill continued to
operate the business until his death, long past the time
that he was actually able to due to his health. I suspect that this
was more from a social aspect rather than a financial
one. Bill loved to
meet and talk to his customers.
A story about their business titled The Produce
People appeared in the
served his country well.
He saw combat with the U.S. Armys 102nd
Infantry Division. He
was in the
passing of Bill Corbin, another small part of my
childhood also fades away.