Barbara A. Corum, 93

Barbara A. Corum, 93, wife of the late James H. Corum Jr., entered eternal rest to be with our Lord and Savior, on Monday, February 5, 2024, at Pottstown Hospital. Barbara was born on Monday, November 3, 1930 at Harlem Hospital in New York City.

Those of us who knew her well recognized her mathematical prowess and organizational skills. Barbara possessed superior diligence throughout her schooling. She graduated from Bushwick High School, Brooklyn, New York and went on to attend Brooklyn College for accounting.

Barbara liked to think of herself as a New York City girl even though she spent the better part of her life in Montgomery County. She often reminisced her early childhood life on “the stoop” in Harlem and Brooklyn during the Harlem Renaissance era. She recalled sightings of Duke Ellington, one of the greatest-jazz composers and numerous famous performers that frequented The Apollo Theater and The Cotton Club in 1940’s.

On August 18, 1951 she was united in marriage to Pvt. James H. Corum Jr. at the home of bride’s family in Brooklyn, New York. The ceremony was performed by the uncle of the bridegroom, the Reverend William D. Corum. Soon after, they moved to Pottstown and brought forth three daughters Jenneen, Andrea and Lisa (deceased). Barbara loved to entertain. Through the years, she’d welcome her family, friends and neighbors on many occasions by setting out her finest china, polished silver and unique glassware on crisp white linens. Her specialty that everyone looked forward to ended with the long traditions of past generations of baked goods that were all crafted from scratch. After retiring she found enjoyment in playing golf and participating in SilverSneakers chair exercise classes while she was physically able and enjoyed frequent trips to Shady Maple.

Heaven was rejoicing when Barbara accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 3,1972. She was baptized by water immersion on Sunday, March 4, 1973 at Second Baptist Church, Pottstown PA., by Reverend David Minus Jr. She continued to serve God at Bethel A.M.E. Church and Second Baptist Church: on the Education Committee, Mass Choir, Missionary and Pastor’s Aide Ministries. She had quite a collection of gospel music, of which The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was her favorite.

Barbara like her husband was civic and community minded. She was a member of the Montgomery County Links (Main Line Chapter), Montgomery County Negro Business and Professional Women, PMMC Volunteer and Youth Aide Program. Board member of VNA, Pottstown, and Senior Center YMCA. She was also active in the RSVP-Protégé Mentoring Program, and Ombudsmen of Montgomery County,

She was preceded in death by parents, Roger and Edna (Anderson) Kelly; sister, Rosemary (Kelly) Brooks) and husband, James H. Corum, Jr. Survived by daughters, Deaconess Andi Corum, Devon, PA and Jenneen (Corum) Flamer and husband, Michael, Winter Garden, Florida; grandson’s M. Khary Flamer, Oreland, PA. and Jared Flamer and wife, Sara, Harleysville, PA. and great-grandsons, Brayden Flamer and Lonnie Nash and Millicent (Corum) Marable-sister-in-law, as well as, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately by the family at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Community Church (575 N Keim St, Pottstown, PA 19464) in Barbara’s name.

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Mrs. Barbara was one of a kind. She was savvy!
From Jefferson Elementary School thru my entire life she was "my" Mrs. Barbara. ??
May our good Lord bless and keep you. May HE comfort you like only HE can. May you find peace in knowing your Mom is resting in the arms of Jesus.

~ Lisa R. Douglass
2/16/2024 5:00:24 PM

Eric and I send your family and you our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Brenda Parker
2/16/2024 8:53:19 AM

Dear Family
John and I send our deepest condolences to all of you. May the God of all mercies give you peace, comfort, and the strength you need as time wears in. God bless you.

~ Vanessa G Brown Lansdale, PA
2/15/2024 7:32:49 PM

My sincere condolences to Andi and family. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort ????

~ Dea. Delores Parks
2/14/2024 9:28:35 PM

Be There

~ Carolyn Day
2/14/2024 8:32:27 PM

To Andie and Jennine hold on to the promises of Our Lord and Savior he has made a way for those that love him: John14:1-4 love you Linda &Jasmin????????????????

~ Linda Ackerman Orlando, FL
2/14/2024 10:54:28 AM

AndI Deacon, Deaconess Brown leave you with this scripture; Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you : not as the world giveth, give I unto you, Let not your heart be troubled, nether let it be afraid. ( JOHN 14:27 - KJV)
AndI too, Hold on to God’s unchanging hand. We love you AndIi . May the love of God , His peace sustain you during your time of loss. Deacon, Deaconess

~ Crystal Brown
2/13/2024 9:56:24 PM

Mom, I love you! You walked the last mile of the way and your living was not in vain. Thanks be to God!

~ Andrea K Corum Devon, PA
2/13/2024 6:45:48 PM

My condolences and prayers to family and friends.

~ Laurelie Lockett Cleveland, OH
2/12/2024 7:35:28 PM

Neighbor of Andi. In the short time I’ve known Andi I’ve found her to be the kind and generous person as I read about her mother Barbara. Andi shared stories with me with a sparkle in her eyes that truly resonated. My condolences to you and your family. May God bless her soul and ease you in your time of grief.

~ James Wilson Devon, PA
2/12/2024 4:43:19 PM