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Johnny Mack “Corny” Cornelius

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Johnny Mack “Corny” Cornelius, 70, passed away Oct. 9, 2019. He was born June 17, 1949, in Athens to the home of Jim and Opal Cornelius.
Johnny was a very spontaneous, fun loving jokester. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved to mow the yard, fish, play golf and watch the Dallas Cowboys. He also loved music and always wanted to dance. Johnny was a very loyal friend and enjoyed spending time with J.W. “Whoop” Wheeler, who was his best friend since the first grade. But more than anything, he loved spending time with his family.
He was a Vietnam Navy Veteran. He drove a truck for 50 years and “Red Devil” spent 20 years working for King Sand and Gravel out of Trinidad.
Johnny will be dearly missed by all who knew him and as his wife of 46 years stated, “He was loved!”
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jim Cornelius, Jr. and Glenn Cornelius.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Cornelius, children Shoncie Carter and husband Greg Jones, Shonna Faria and husband William Barton, grandchildren Aaron Cornelius, Satin Cornelius-Hill, P.J. Faria, Dalton Pickle, Trevor Carter and Trenton Carter, great-grandchildren Johnny Koonce and Sailor Hill, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Oct. 14, 2019, at Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City, followed by interment at Payne Cemetery in Eustace. Bro. Andre Ward of the First Baptist Church in Prairieville officiated for the Cornelius family.
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