Saturday, July 6, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Randy Corbin, the founder and CEO of Corbin Colonia Funeral Chapel. | Facebook
Randy Corbin, the founder and president/CEO of Corbin Colonial Funeral Chapel in Chicago, has died. His death was confirmed by close relatives and friends on Facebook.
Corbin, of Berkeley, was an active member of the Proviso Township community. For a time, he operated a branch of his funeral home in Maywood and he was a longtime advisory board member for the venerable Maywood nonprofit Operation Uplift.
In a statement, Operation Uplift’s executive director, George E. Stone II, said that Corbin “was a staple in the Proviso Township community and provided services to thousands over his 60-year career.
“He assisted many families who didn’t have means to provide funeral services for their loved ones. He was a true gentleman, pioneer businessman and a role model for us younger African-American males that came after him.”
In January, Operation Uplift honored Corbin with its George E. Stone, Sr. Humanitarian Award “for his life service and dedication to serving humanity.”
In a Facebook post, Randall McFarland, the founder of the nonprofit Best of Proviso Township, remembered Corbin as “a true pioneer and pillar for our community.”
“A true gentleman and knowledgeable leader,” McFarland said. “An absolute mountain of information and resources. He loved bending the ears of young people to pour into them.”
Services for Corbin will take place on July 7, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Progressive Life Giving Word Cathedral, 4500 Frontage Rd. in Hillside.
The interment is scheduled for July 8, 11 a.m., with the procession traveling from Corbin Colonia Funeral Chapel to Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Update: This article has been updated to reflect that the funeral services have been moved from Rhema Word to Life Giving Word Cathedral.
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