Huntsville - Cornice Earl Driskill has left the surly bonds of earth and embraced the Face of God. He was born in Asheville, N.C. on August 29, 1933, the only son of the late Maude Sams and John Driskill. Cornice graduated from Clemson University in 1955 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He began his engineering career with General Dynamics and later worked for Convair, Pratt and Whitney, and then ultimately with Chrysler Space Division in Huntsville supporting the NASA Apollo moon missions. He owned and operated El Palacio Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, and then returned to engineering in Huntsville in the early 1980's. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 1996. He continued working in retirement as a consultant for Raytheon.
As a young man, his love for flying began after visiting an uncle who owned a small airport. This passion would eventually lead him to the United States Air Force where he served as a Captain and pilot flying the C-119 Flying Boxcar. During this time he would meet the future love of his life Margaret Cameron Grove. Their life together began in 1957 and will last to eternity. Cornice was a devoted husband and father to three children. He spent his days building his career. His off time was spent with his family. He acquired a growing interest in woodworking, and eventually learned the fine art of furniture building and crafted many pieces for the family over the years. He and Margaret enjoyed the many years they spent together with their children and grandchildren. Together they enjoyed spending time on the Tennessee River on his 32 ft boat he called the Yatchet. After retirement Cornice took his love for the history of our civilization and penned a fictional novel The Rising Tides of Evil. Cornice was an avid reader and spent his entire life studying his Christian faith. This faith is bringing his family who so desperately miss him peace knowing he is with God. Though our hearts are broken we wouldn't have missed it for the world.
The family sincerely appreciates the years of caring support from Dr. Bobby Johnson.
Cornice is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret Grove Driskill; children, Pamela Driskill Benson (Jack), Timothy Cameron Driskill (Alicia), Laura Driskill Myers (Wayne); his adored grandchildren, Sean Cameron Driskill, Derek Nelson Driskill, Harrison Timothy Driskill, Megan Cameron Shahan, and Ashley Myers Lorino; and beloved great-grandchildren, Katherine Elaine Lorino, Claire Myers Lorino, and Gregory Thomas Lorino.
Mass will be held on November 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Chaney Thompson Road in Huntsville, AL. Cornice's remains will be interred in the columbarium adjacent to the church. The family invites friends for a light lunch following the service in the church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the