He was born July 6, 1921, in the Bark Camp Community west of Kennett, the seventh child of Benjamin Hargus and Mary Elretta Reagan.
Corbett attended Bark Camp School and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the 440th TTG, 96th Squadron, flying transport planes on a variety of missions. He spoke to his family with great humility of piloting one of the first planes carrying badly needed supplies into Bastogne, Belgium on Dec. 26, 1944, and of flying POW's out of concentration camps at the end of the war. He didn't share his stories often or easily, but his experiences touched him deeply. After the war he returned to Kennett where he received his high school diploma from Kennett High School and began his career as a residential and commercial contractor.
Corbett married Jeffie Jean Bohannon, of Kennett, Feb. 8, 1944, in Austin, Texas. They had five children, Corbett Lee II, Stephen Robert, Julia Anne, Richard Dane, and Marian Sue. They lived in Kennett for more than 30 years and during that time he built hundreds of homes, dozens of apartments, and numerous commercial buildings in and around Dunklin County, primarily in Kennett and Malden.
Corbett and Jeffie Jean moved to Prague, in 1978, where he and his youngest son, Rick, raised running quarter horses and commercial beef cattle.
Jeffie Jean died in Prague in 1981. He married Jo Ann Wright Hicklin in Kennett on March 2, 1985. She joined Corbett in Oklahoma and they enjoyed life together until she passed away Nov. 9, 2010.
In his later years, Corbett enjoyed visiting with friends and family and reading his Bible and other books. He particularly enjoyed history, biography and books about Native America. Corbett accepted Christ as his savior at an early age and at the time of his death he attended the First Baptist Church of Prague.
Corbett was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Earl, Hargus, and J.D. Reagan; six sisters, Betty, Bobby and Marceline Reagan, Lona Mae James, Lena Benson, and Venida Grijalva; one granddaughter, Jeannette Bockhold, and one great-granddaughter, Kaitlynne Sue Behymer.
Survivors include three sons, Corbett Lee Reagan II, of Ft. Worth, Texas, Stephen Robert Reagan and wife, El Reba, of Springfield, Mo., and Richard Dane Reagan and wife, Judy, of Prague ; two daughters, Julia Anne Harmon and husband, Tom, of Shawnee, Okla., and Marian Sue Buster and husband, Rev. Terry Buster, of Palmyra, Mo.; one stepson, Lee Hicklin and wife, Michele, of Painter, Va.; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ravenell Phillipe, of Columbia, Mo., Glenda Larke and husband, Chuck, of Royal Oak, Mich., and Carmalita Hancock, of Duarte, Calif., as well as many extended family members and friends.
Funeral services will be in Kennett, Thursday, Oct. 25, at the McDaniel Funeral Home, beginning with visitation at 10 a.m. and a memorial service at 11 a.m., followed by burial in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Corbett's son-in-law, Rev. Terry Buster.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.