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Rosa Lee Corbett turns 104

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Rosa Lee Corbett celebrated her 104th birthday with a drive-by parade Sunday, May 17.

Corbett was born May 19, 1916, in Johnston County. She went to school in Wilson’s Mills and worked at Clayton Spinning Co. for 31 years until the business closed.

She was married to Marvin Corbett, and they had one daughter, Judy Corbett Jones. Corbett lives with her daughter. Corbett also has two grandchildren, Kevin Poythress and Kim Poythress Strother, and six great-grandchildren.

Corbett is known for her handiwork. She has spent countless hours sewing, knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching gifts for family and friends. She is a storyteller and has written a book of poems to illustrate her love of God and family.

Corbett has always had an adventurous spirit, and for her 99th birthday, she went up in a hot air balloon while the crowd below sang “Happy Birthday to You.” She likes to read, work crossword puzzles and, until recently, tend her flowers.

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