Charles R. Cornell

August 1, 1937 - January 9, 2015
Charles R. Cornell

Charles Ross Cornell passed away on January 6, 2015 after a lengthy illness, and only hours after Janet Cornell, his wife of 39 years, passed away.

Born in Chestertown, Maryland on August 1, 1937 to Irving and Marion Cornell, Chuck grew up in Miami, Florida with his 3 brothers, Bud, Don, and Brian. In 1955, he graduated from Miami Edison High School and, in 1958, he married Deborah Hawes. Chuck and Debbie had 3 daughters during their 17-year marriage, Wendy, Cathy, and Lori. In 1961, Chuck began a successful 20-year career in auto parts sales and management with Ford Motor Co. in South Florida.

In 1976, Chuck married Jan Cornell of Boca Raton, Florida, and added Janís 6 children to his family, a son, Kyle, and 5 daughters, Kerry, Keely, Kirby, Paula, and Jana Lee.

In 1981, Chuck and Jan moved to Bearwallow Mountain in Hendersonville, NC, where they made many new friends, built a wonderful home, and enjoyed frequent visits from their 9 children, 6 sons-in-law, 17 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Chuck was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He enjoyed fishing, winning hard fought games of scrabble, reading, and mostly just spending time with his family, who meant more to him than anything else in the world. Chuck was an honorable man who was dedicated to his family and friends, and he will be missed by all who had the good fortune to love him, and to be loved by him.

A memorial service and celebration of both Chuck and Jan Cornellís lives will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 31st, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville.

Memorial gifts in Chuckís honor can be made to Blue Ridge Humane Society or Four Seasons Hospice in Hendersonville.


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  • January 09, 2015
    Sam VanSant says:
    My deepest sympathy to your family for your double loss. I know that Chuck and Jan will be surrounded by the big crowd of beloved animals that have been waiting at the Rainbow Bridge on their way to eternity. I hope that thought gives you some comfort.

  • January 10, 2015
    Hilmon Slawson says:
    Chuck was a great customer for me and a good friend. I will miss him, but have some good memories.