Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Collier-Butler Chapel for Emmett Cornutt Jr., 87, who passed away March 7, 2013. The Rev. Diane Housler will begin the service with prayer, and his eulogy will be given by friends and family. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing.
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Emmett was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Gadsden, Ala. He was a student at Emma Sansom High School, where he was All-State in band/tuba and All-State Fullback in football. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Birmingham, CL-62. After his service, he returned and graduated with the class of 1947. Emmett retired from the Steel Plant after 40 years. He served in many capacities as a Mason and Shriner at the Alabama City Lodge and was Worshipful Master during his service. After retirement, he was an avid tennis player. One of the joys of his life came from music. As part of the "Singing Cornutt" family, he began to participate as soon as he could stand in a chair to sing with his dad and older siblings.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Ida Cornutt; son, Mark Cornutt; and brothers, James, Elbert, Alta and Donnie Cornutt.
Emmett is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mildred Cornutt; daughter, Sylvia (John) Coleman; sons, Jim (Cheryl) Cornutt and Frank Cornutt; daughter-in-law, Deb Cornutt; sisters, Tempie Mackey and Lucille Rickles; brother, Hansel (Kathy) Cornutt; sisters-in-law, Billie Jo Cornutt, Audrey Cornutt, Connie Cornutt; grandchildren, Sandy (Chet) Janik, Randy Daughdrill, Jeremy Coleman, Shane (Laura) Cornutt, Kathy (David) Hayes, Brandon (Kasey) Cornutt, Melody (Chris) Oakley, Benjamin Cornutt; 11 great-grandchildren; special nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to count.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service.
The family requests no flowers please. Donations in memory of Emmett may be made to Alabama City Methodist Church or the
There will be no graveside service.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hwang, Dr. Bennett-Venner, Dr. Masood, the nurses and staff of the eighth and ninth floors of GRMC and GRMC Home Health and Hospice staff.
Online condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Mar. 9, 2013