Father’s Day: not just another dayPublished 11:40am Friday, June 15, 2012
Generations of Corums carry on tradition with family business
Father’s Day will be celebrated as a tradition at the home of Jim and Jan Corum.
Following the Sunday morning worship service at Westview Church of Christ, the Corums will host a family dinner for their two sons and two daughters and their spouses, nine grandchildren and one grand son-in-law.
“That’s what we do as a family at least twice a month,” said Corum, co-founder of Carroll & Corum Building Supply and currently a partner of Corum Building and Farm Supply. “There’s 20 of us and it’s not unusual to have three or four guests. Jan does most of the cooking and she’s a very good cook. We all gather around the table and enjoy the meal she has prepared for us.”
The Corums have been married for over 55 years and each of their four children is married and has a family of their own. The children, all college graduates, are Kevin and Sally Corum, Reggie and Robyn Corum, Penny and Jeff Hanners and Paige and Jaime Dobbins. Kevin and Reggie and their dad are equal partners in the family business and Penny and Paige are partners in a pre-school day care center.
“It gives me a lot of pleasure to work with my two sons in a family business,” Corum stated. “Of course, we have differences of opinion from time to time but because of our love and respect for each other we’re able to forgive and forget and move on.”
Both sons expressed similar thoughts.
“Working together as a family, we have each other to fall back on,” said Kevin. “It gives us a good check and balance system.
“We look at dad as our role model,” he added. “He sets the bar high and we try to work every day to maintain that.”