Jim Corbett worked in accounting for the Southern Railroad for 25 years before he was struck with total blindness.
He came from Albany to Atlanta to be the Executive Director of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation.
During Jim Corbett's
leadership of about 20 years, the Lighthouse
grew from regular contributions of a few thousand dollars to $93,000 reported for the year 1972-73.
This was exclusive of the Peach Bowl and memorial Fund.
On the morning of April 5, 1973, Jim
attempted to arise and get ready for work.
could not because of complete paralysis on his
could not purchase retirement or hospitalization for Jim
due to his
per day cost at Wesley Moods was $37.00 per day or $1,110.00 for 30 days.
Add that to his
apartment and living expenses for his
loyal, devoted and faithful wife, Myrt.
During the Annual Meeting in Macon at the Lions Convention
, the Lighthouse President appointed a special committee to devise ways to help Jim
A suggestion from Atlanta Journal Sports Editor, Furman Bisher, caused Jim Corbett, Executive Director of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation to move in the direction of sponsoring a bowl and use the proceeds for the blind and for sight conservation.
was blind himself.