Born Jan. 26, 1922 - Died April 8, 2012
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Mrs. Reba Jo Byrum Cornelius, 90, of Rockledge, went home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2012. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Etowah Memorial Funeral Home in Sardis. Services will follow at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Joe Dismukes and Bro. Glenn Cornelius officiating. Interment to follow at Howellton Methodist Church cemetery. Etowah Memorial Funeral Chapel directing.
Reba Jo was a member of the Howellton Methodist Church, which she loved attending while she was able. In her younger years, she worked for 30 years as a nurse at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital and the Baptist Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed her work as a nurse and the many friends she made while working.
She also enjoyed raising exotic birds with her husband. They raised cockatiels, canaries, lovebirds and finches. She also had an Amazon parrot named Susie that was her favorite. She and Jimmie showed the birds in many shows in the United States. On one occasion, they won the prestigious Kellogg Award for having the best cockatiel in the nation. She also was an avid horse show mom for many years as her son, Glenn, showed horses. She loved quilting for many years as long as she was able.
She was preceded in going home by her husband of 60 years, Jimmie Cornelius; a son, Terry Cornelius; her parents, C.D. and Rushia Byrum; sisters, Sadie Hood, Randall Mardis, Pat Byrum, Peggy Sherrill, Doris Woods; and a brother, C.D. Byrum Jr.
She is survived by her family, son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Sherry Cornelius; a grandson and his wife, Jonathan and Melissa Cornelius; a granddaughter, Hollie Balliet; and one great-grandson, Josh Cornelius. Also by her chosen family, Allen and Rhonda Burns, Allen Jr., Austin and Karen Burns; brother and sister-in-law, Red and Marcille Byrum; and sister, Shelba Stone; and many nieces and nephews.
Casketbearers are Derrick Sherrill, Allen Burns, Allen Burns Jr., Austin Burns, Taylor Sherrill, Jonathan Cornelius, Josh Cornelius, Michael Davis.
The family would like to thank Albertville Nursing Home and its staff for taking care of mother during these past months. Thanks to special caregiver, Jennie McCormick, for being like a part of the family in taking care of mother and dad. A special thanks to the members of Howellton Methodist Church, who without their unselfish giving of their time and efforts during the sickness of both mother and dad, we would not have made it. Thanks to Kirkpatrick Concrete and employees for their support during mother's sickness.
To the Burns family, for being so good to our family with all your sacrifices to help take care of both mom and dad, we are deeply indebted. All of you mentioned above will never know how much you mean to us. And a special thanks to Dr. Romel Go, Dr. Gaspar and the staff at Med Assist for their special care of both mom and dad over the years. And thanks to Dr. Gordon Isbell and his staff for making both my mom and dad feel special. They loved you all.
In my Father's house, there are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1. This is not the end, but the beginning of that new life that God has promised. Be prepared, for you do not know when your time will come.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Apr. 9, 2012