Mary Martha Givance (Givens) Corbin was born March 31, 1932, in Richland County, Columbia, South Carolina. She was the beloved daughter of the late David and Ernestine Taylor Givance (Givens), and the widow of the late Korean War Veteran, Arthur Corbin, Jr. She peacefully departed this life to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family in Columbia, South Carolina.
Proudly upon her birth, both of her grandmothers wanted her to carry on their name; as a result, Mary became affectionally known as “Mary Martha” by her family and friends. She was baptized at an early age at Second Calvary Baptist Church, which at that time was located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
Mary was educated in the public schools of Richland County and attended C. A. Johnson High School. Before completing high school, she secured employment at an early age. However, while rearing her children she would always teach them that education and character were important aspects of life. One of her noted quotes that she consistently reminded them of was to always remember that “what you get in your head, nobody can take it out.”
Mary worked in the dry-cleaning profession until she retired. She would always keep her children looking good and clean even though they didn’t have much money in their pockets. Her passion and gift in life was cooking. She would always provide a good and hearty meal for her family, neighbors, and others who just happened to stop by. She was later blessed by her son, Tyrone, to open and operate a kitchen, store, and laundromat with her daughter Annette for many years at the corner of Lyon and Washington Streets.
Mrs. Corbin was also preceded in death by a daughter, Veronica ‘Patsy; sons, Walter, Harold and Larry; and her sisters, Catherine and Dorothy.
Those left to cherish her fond and precious memories are her loving sons, Reverend Terry (Sheila), Tyrone (Dante), Darrell (Derricka), and Tony; and her loving and devoted daughter, Annette; a host of loving grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces; and other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom will dearly miss her, but rejoice that she is resting with the Lord.