DECEMBER 26, 2012

Marion M. "Pint" Cornwell, Jr., 88, of Fort Myers, went to be with our Lord on December 26, 2012. Pint was born July 23, 1924 in Fayetteville, NC and moved with his family to Fort Myers in 1926. He graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1942 and entered the U. S. Army Air Corps soon afterward. He served in the Philippines during World War II and remained in the Air Force reserve after the war, eventually retiring as a Major.

Pint graduated from Clemson College in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering, and initially worked for Carl Johnson as a surveyor. He later joined his dad in the construction business. Pint left the construction business in the late 60's to become the assistant county engineer for Lee County and later rose to county engineer. After leaving this post, he spent time in private practice and in other engineering positions before returning to his original love as a contractor in Lee County.

Mr. Cornwell leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 65 years, Nell Scott Cornwell, his children: Marion Scott Cornwell (Susan) of Fort Myers, Cathy Elver (Ralph) of Fort Myers, Thomas E. Cornwell (Nina) of Gainesville, and Becky Bess (Bill) of Fort Myers; his grandchildren: Milo Elver, George Elver, Heather Bettis, Michael Bess, Keely Brubaker, Michael Cornwell and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: M. M. Cornwell, Sr. and Oppie Spoon Cornwell; his brother, Nat S. Cornwell, and his grandson, Andrew Bess.

Papa, we love you immeasurably. You were our compass. By your example, you taught us love and values like honesty and integrity. You were ALWAYS there for us. You made us all proud. God speed and we will see you in heaven.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 3, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1735 Jackson St., Fort Myers.

Published in The News-Press on Dec. 30, 2012