T H E C O R B I N F A M I L Y I N V I T E Y O U T O C O M M E M O R A T E
T H E L I F E A N D P A S S I N G O F
MAHATMA N. CORBIN
November 18, 1931 – April 30, 2021
H O S T S : C H R I S T I C O R B I N , 3 1 3 - 6 5 8 - 2 4 9 0 / C E L L & S H
E L L E Y C O R B I N , 3 1 3 - 9 7 1 - 4 2 5 0 / C E L L
Mahatma Novarro Corbin, 89, of Detroit, Michigan, passed away suddenly in the home of his daughter,
Christi Corbin, on April 30, 2021. He died of natural causes.
Mahatma was born to Dr. Percy Casino Corbin, M.D. and his wife Connie Evelyn (Linscom) (called
‘Sweet’ by her grandchildren) on November 18, 1931, in Pulaski, Virginia. He was the youngest of 5
children, his only sister Jacqueline was the oldest, and then there were his brothers, Percy Casino
Jr., Dr. Maurice Corbin, and Dr. John Alphonso Corbin.
Mahatma served a four-year enlistment in the Air Force, stationed in Greenland as a Basic Airman.
After receiving an honorable discharge in 1953. He eventually followed his brother Percy Jr. to
Detroit, and worked various jobs, acquiring many mechanical skills.
He then joined Budd Company on the east side of Detroit, where he worked several decades as a
journeymen pipefitter, until his retirement.
In 1956, Mahatma met Lucille Agee, and they wed on January 19th, 1957. They had 3 children, Christi
Lorraine, 1957, Alexander Mahatma, 1960 and Shelley Van, 1962.
Anyone who knew Mahatma knew that he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for.
When his wife, Lucille became ill in 1984 from a heart condition, he was a devoted caretaker until
her death in 2001.
He was always very generous to his children, providing them with anything they needed. There were a
number of wonderful family trips and outings in the 70s and 80s.
Mahatma was also a passionate craftsman who loved buying tools. The projects he built in his home
were built to last.
He loved reading and watching the news, and giving his well-informed opinions on the topics of the
day. Both Dad and Mama were two of the most intelligent and wisest people we’ve ever know. He was
a great storyteller, and later in life developed a reputation as a good tipper.
The hobby he liked best was working. After retiring from Budd, he couldn’t bear to just sit at
home, so although he was already a senior citizen, he found a job at White Castle, and next worked
at Home Depot for many years before completely retiring again after 2015. He loved the worker
camaraderie, keeping busy, and interacting with customers.
Dad loved to get up and go! Out of nowhere, he had developed a love for cut flower arrangements,
and at one point the beauties would show up weekly on the kitchen table since Kroger was giving him
a discount. It was a difficult decision, but at a certain point, he had to stop driving.
Although this left him confined to the house he still got up, got dressed, and got moving. He was
mobile, and his mind was crystal clear to the end.
Mahatma was predeceased by his wife Lucille Corbin, (2001), and his son Alexander Mahatma Corbin
(2008), his father Dr. Percy Casino Corbin, his mother Connie Evelyn Corbin, his sister Jacqueline
Pleasants, his brothers Percy C. Corbin Jr., Dr. Maurice Corbin, Dr. John Alphonso Corbin. He is
survived by his daughters, Christi Corbin and Shelley Corbin, his many nieces, nephews,
great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends and associates.
Mahatma will be cremated at Butler Funeral Home, 12140 Morang Dr., Detroit, MI 48224.
In lieu of a funeral, there will be a Memorial Service -
Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, on Belle Isle Park, Detroit,