Jan. 13, 2011 Beckley Raleigh County West Virginia, USA
The Register-Herald, Beckley, WV
Sunday, Jan 16, 2011
Ward L. Cornett, Jr.
Ward Leslie Cornett, Jr., 87, born in Morehead, Kentucky, on March 6, 1923, died in Beckley on January 13, 2011. Ward lived bravely for many years with Parkinson's Disease. It was always his wish that he be cared for in his waning health at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Beckley. Ward was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving on the heavy cruiser, the USS Louisville that was in Pearl Harbor after the attack. His wife Margaret Jane Miller Cornett of Beckley (deceased May 9, 1997) was a Navy Wave and served in the United States Fleet Post Office in San Francisco in WWII. After eight years as a Greyhound bus driver, Ward was manager of Joy Manufacturing Company plants in Norton, Virginia, and Pineville, West Virginia, for many years.
In addition to Margaret, he was pre-deceased by his parents, Ward Leslie Cornett, Sr., and Stella Stewart Cornett, brothers Richard Cornett, Beckley, Jack Cornett, Lexington, Kentucky, and sister Alma Francis Allen, Naples, Florida.
He is survived by two sons, the Rev. Ward Cornett, III, and his wife, Becky, of Columbus, Ohio, Kirk William Cornett of Golden, Colorado, and four daughters, Marta Gilliam of Charlottesville, Virginia, Christy Bailey of Beckley, Marcia McKinney and her husband, Danny, of Pineville, and Bethann Cornett of Pineville, as well as eleven grandchildren: Andrea Cornett, Ian Gilliam, Robbie Bailey, Micah Bailey, Carmen McKinney, Morgan McKinney, Stuart McKinney, Dustin Cornett, Cayce Cornett, Cody Smith, and Joseph Cornett, as well as seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews on the Cornett and Miller sides of the family.
The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. William Boyd, Medical Director, and the entire staff of the Hospice Palliative Care Unit, for their impeccable and compassionate care of their father in the last months of his life.
Funeral services will be Monday, January 17th, at 2 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Ward Cornett III will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park where Mr. Cornett will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Margaret. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.
Arrangements are by Melton Mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meltonmortuary.com