Mr. Cornell died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at The Oaks at Scenic View.
Born Jan. 24, 1933, in Parkspring, N.C., he was a son of the late John W. and Fannie Walker Cornell. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Lucy Beavers.
Mr. Cornell was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Demorest and enjoyed reading, gardening, woodworking and being involved with his grandchildren. He served his country proudly as a Seabee in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He also served a two-year tour in Bermuda.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Beatrice Mixon Cornell of Cornelia; sons, John Cornell Jr. of York, S.C., and Randy Cornell of Rockhill, S.C.; daughters, Sabrina Turner of Danville, Va., and Christie Cornell of Concord, N.C.; stepdaughter, Theresa Crawford of Denver, Colo.; sister, Mary Lea McCoy of Danville, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.
Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 988 Historic Hwy. 441 N., Demorest, GA 30535; or to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
Wednesday, February 19, 2014