Cornett, Sr., French Wingate

October 27, 2004

On Saturday, October 23, 2004, FRENCH WINGATE CORNETT, SR., age 86, of Independence, VA. Born May 24, 1918 at Independence, VA to the late Heath and Eliza Wingate Cornett. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Irene Showers Cornett, son David Cornett, brother Olen Cornett, half-brother Claude Cornett, three half-sisters Jeanetta Jones, Lula Dewitt and Mae Bishop. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Campaign. He was also a retired employee of Bethlehem Steel, where he worked for many years. He is survived by one son, French, Jr. and his wife Maureen Cornett (Joppa, MD); one daughter, Jean and her husband Sherman Holdaway (Marion, VA); six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild; on brother, Gayle Cornette (Independence, VA); one sister, Daisy Brown (Independence, VA); special friend, Faye West (Independence, VA). Funeral service will be conducted 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, October 27, 2004 in Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel, Independence, VA with Rev. Mike Owens officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 6 to 8 P.M. at the funeral home. A Graveside Service will be held 2 P.M., Thursday, October 28, 2004 in Holly Hill Memorial Gardens, Baltimore, MD. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, VA in charge of arrangements.

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