Celene Young Cornette, 86, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
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A native of Galax, Va., she had been a Hampton Roads resident since 1953 and retired from Hampton City Schools in 1982 after 25 years as an eighth grade U.S. History teacher.
She was a member of Central United Methodist Church and its Progressive Sunday School class; the Riverdale Garden Club, the New River Pioneer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and she enjoyed playing bridge for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elden Shupe Cornette.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Cornette Reeves of Fairfax Station; her son, Dr. William R. Cornette of Surry; her sister, Diane Whitesell of Moore Haven, Fla.; three grandchildren, Dr. Ryan Reeves and his wife, Casey, Dr. Carter Reeves and his wife, Liz, and Weston Reeves and his wife, Libbie; and two great-grandchildren, Eliza Reeves and Harrison Reeves.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Central United Methodist Church by the Rev. Chuck Root. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 4-5 p.m. Saturday at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 225 Chapel Street, Hampton, Va. 23669.
R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Hampton, is serving the family.
Published in Galax Gazette from June 20 to June 21, 2012