Leighton Marion Cornett

Leighton Marion Cornett

Birth
Red River County, Texas, USA
Death 1 Jan 2003 (aged 86)
Paris, Lamar County, Texas, USA
Burial Paris, Lamar County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 15018328 · View Source
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Son of Henry M. & Ada Lillian McGuire Cornett; U. S. Army in WWII.
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THE PARIS NEWS, Jan. 02, 2003: 'Leighton Marion Cornett, 86, longtime Paris attorney, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, in Christus St. Joseph's Hospital South. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, in Gene Roden's Sons Funeral Home chapel with Judge Webb Biard, U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice, the Rev. Walter Williams and Patrick Cannon speaking. Burial with full military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Gene Roden's Sons Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the funeral home. He was born Nov. 1, 1916, in the Mabry community west of Clarksville, the son of Harvey and Ada McGuire Cornett. He graduated class valedictorian from Clarksville High School in 1933, attended Paris Junior College where he was student assistant for the government and history professor and later graduated from the University of Texas Law School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, honorably discharged as a captain. He married Ruth Moore on June 27, 1942, in New York. She died May 23, 1993. He later married Crystal Milford Polk on Oct. 28, 1993, in Paris. She preceded him in death on Sept. 21, 2000. He was partner in several law firms throughout the years, the most memorable being Cornett, Echols & Biard. He was a former District and County Attorney for Lamar County, former member of the Texas Legislature, at that time the youngest of the members, former First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, former member and Chairman of the Board of Regents of Paris Junior College. He was the past Post Commander of American Legion Post 30 of Paris, past Department Judge Advocate of the American Legion Department of Texas. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Organizers, past president and life member of the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club, past president of the Lamar County Bar Association and North East Texas Bar Association, Lamar County Democrats, past president of Paris Founder Lions Club, past district governor of Lions 2 X 2 and he was a former member of the Paris Jaycees. His favorite pastimes were hunting quail, fishing and raising registered quarter horses. Others preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Agnes Cornett Mayfield and husband, Gene; and nephew, Harvey Gene Mayfield. Survivors include his daughter, Debra Usry and husband, Lloyd, of Paris; son, Guy Cornett and wife, Diane, of Austin; brother, James Cornett and wife, Frances, of Austin; four grandchildren, Sherry Cornett of Glendale, Ariz., Stephen Cornett of Austin, Jillian Benedict of Detroit, Charlie Usry and wife, Barbara, of Blossom; five great-grandchildren, Carle Usry, Lucas and Shawna Simpson of Paris, Ashton Benedict of Biggers, Ark. and Taylor Usry of Blossom; three nieces, Sundy Mayfield Rodgers of Wills Point, Sandra Cornett Pentecost and husband, Dusty, of Dayton, Janet Cornett Gummerman and Geoff of Austin; two nephews, Reavis Cornett and wife, Kathy, of Austin, and Ryan Cornett and wife, Brenda, of Georgetown; and several great-nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Webb Biard, Walter Williams, William Wayne Justice, Ryan Cornett, Reavis Cornett and Charlie Usry. Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Cornett, Bernard Knight and Jim Thompson. Special honorary pallbearers are members of the Paris Founders Noon Lions Club, Lamar County Democrats, Paris Rodeo and Horse Club, Lamar County Bar Association and North East Texas Bar Association. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Lions Crippled Children's Camp or Paris Junior College.'
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Obit provided by his daughter, Debra Usry


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 15018328
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leighton Marion Cornett (1 Nov 1916–1 Jan 2003), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15018328, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Debra Usry (contributor 46800243) .