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Cornell Sortzi Jr. of Mt. Jackson, VA, was born on April 14,1945 in Woodstock and passed away on July 10, 2013 after losing the battle to cancer. He was 68 years old.
His parents, Cornell Sr. and Gladys Kirby Sortzi, of Edinburg, Virginia predeceased him.
Cornell had a degree from General Motors University and was retired from Mike Pallone Chevrolet, where he worked as Service Director and General Manager of the Parts Department for a total of 35 years. Mr. Pallone was not only Cornell's employer, but also a very good friend.
Cornell was a member of Crossroads Baptist Bible Church where he served as Deacon and assistant treasurer. He was greatly loved and respected by his family and friends, Pastor Phil, and the congregation. He served the church with special friends and fellow officers, John McInteer, Glen Shepard, Billy Seal, Jerry Dawson, Danny Shaffer, and Ronnie Bowers.
Andy Barricks, Richard Heishman, Richard Burner, and Raymond Dellinger were also close friends and he enjoyed being a part of the Mens' Group of Hudson Cross Roads. Cornell loved and honored the Lord and his church, and all his friends and family.
He was a wonderful and caring person, always ready to help in a time of need. Cornell felt he was very blessed by having two church families, Community Mission Church of The Brethren at Woodstock, pastored by Pastor Hardy Lutz, and Crossroads Baptist Bible Church at Hudson Crossroads where Phil Speicher is Pastor.
They will jointly hold the memorial service at Community Mission Church of the Brethren located at 50 Coffmantown Rd, Woodstock, Virginia at 3 PM on July 13, 2013. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Community Mission Church of the Brethren. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. A meal will follow the service.
Cornell leaves behind his loving wife, Donna Polk Sortzi, who shared his life for 26 incredible years, and five children: Chris Sortzi and fiance, Allison of Leesburg, Mark Sortzi and friend Tracy, and Wade Sortzi and wife Michelle of Manasses, Daniel Boyce and wife Jen of New Market; and daughter Jami Sortzi of Massachusetts.
Grandchildren are Nicholas, Haley, Sarah, Anna, Madalyn, and Sadie Sortzi of Manasses, Jourdyn and Jace Qura of Massachusetts, Lauren Demmon and husband Steve of Winchester, Noella Boyce of Mt. Jackson, Bradley Boyce of Harrisonburg, Tanner Boyce of Quicksburg, and LaShae Bowman and Brooke Conley of New Market. There are four great grandchildren Lucas, Alexis, Abigail, and Spencer.
Cornell is also survived by a sister, Diann Whetzel and husband Bobby, and a brother Dwight Sortzi and wife Peggy from Edinburg, Virginia. Surviving brothers-in laws are Gene Polk of Mt. Jackson and Alfred Polk and special friend, Ida Bowers of Verona, Donnie Polk and wife Tracy of Texas; and sisters-in-laws Clara Polk, Diana Lonas and husband, Stanley, of Mt. Jackson, and Betty Herald and husband, Paul of Woodstock. He also had many nieces & nephews.
Two special friends, Douglas Mumaw and Robert Lewis predeceased Cornell and he looks forward to meeting them in heaven. He will be sadly missed.
In Cornell's memory, contributions may be made to the building fund of Crossroads Baptist Bible Church c/o John McInteer, P.O. Box 199, Basye, Virginia.
Funeral arrangements for cremation were made by the Mt. Jackson Funeral Home.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on July 12, 2013