Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 3, 2013

Corbet Lee Helmick

PRINCETON — Corbet Lee Helmick, 91, of 1001 Henry Street in Princeton died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at his residence. Born Feb. 1, 1921 in Gassaway, the only son of the late Albert T. Helmick and Myrtle B. Keaton Helmick.

He was educated in the schools and colleges of West Virginia and graduated from Bluefield State College in 1976. Corbet was employed by Pocahontas Land Corporation in 1945 as Assistant Mine Inspector and retired in 1983 as Chief Engineer. He was a Registered Professional Mining Engineer in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. He also belonged to the professional organizations of NSPE, WVSPE, and AMC. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton for over fifty years. Corbet served on the Princeton Sanitary Board during the 1980's and was instrumental in obtaining funding for the Morrison Drive Interceptor. He also served as Princeton City Building Inspector under James Juhl. Corbet was a former member of the Princeton Elks Lodge #1459 and a former member of the Princeton Lions Club. He was an avid Mountaineer fan and loved to play golf.

He was preceded in death by his only sister, Doris Ruth and her husband Donald H. Hoffman; his wife of over fifty years, Ennis Helmick; and one niece, Donna Marie Ayres.

He is survived by two daughters, Becky Helmick of the home and Janet Vaughn and husband Elwood and their children, Seth Vaughn and wife Ashley, Evangeline Vaughn all of Princeton, and Miles Vaughn and wife Chelsea of New Castle, Va.; one great-granddaughter, Kathryn Grace Vaughn; and one niece, Debra Hickman and husband Jerry of Bluefield, Va. and their son Josh and wife Jessica and sons Elijah and Noah of Canonsburg, Pa.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Scott Sears officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Youth Scholarship Fund, PO Box 304, Princeton, WV 24740.

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Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Helmick family.

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