GASTONIA - Clarence Jennings "Shorty" Cornelius, 80, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He was a native of Gaston County, the son of the late Fred Austin and Georgia Huffstictler Cornelius. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Geraldine "Dean" Cornelius, and a brother, Joe Cornelius.
Shorty was retired from Crosrol Inc. as an engineer and was a U.S. Navy
veteran of the Korean War
. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his sons, Randy L. Cornelius and wife Walburga, R. Scott Cornelius and wife Delette; daughter, Emily R. Cornelius; brothers, Tony Cornelius and wife Barbara, Ray Cornelius and wife Mert; sisters, Nancy Mcaslin and husband Dwight, Mary Cornelius, Rachel Eckard and husband Gene, Jane Leatherman and husband Ricky; grandchildren, Fred Cornelius, Susan Cornelius, Taylor Cornelius, Erin and Jon Sweet; great-grandchild, Eli Sweet and his special pet, Casey.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia. A service to celebrate Shorty's life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors, with Pastor Mike Rice officiating. Interment will follow the service at Evergreen, A Quiet Place, Belmont.
Memorials may be made to the Heart Society of Gaston County, 1201 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054; or Levine Cancer Institute, 1000 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Cornelius.