Thomas Cornish(1927 - 2012)

Thomas Lee Cornish

SALISBURY —Thomas Lee Cornish, 84, departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury. God saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb. On September 26, 2012, He gently closed Tommy's weary eyes and whispered "Peace be Thine." He was born Nov. 4, 1927, the second of 10 children born to Thomas Wilson Cornish and Pauline Stewart Cornish.

Tommy received his formal education from the public school system of Wicomico County where he attended Salisbury Elementary and Salisbury Colored High schools. He joined the U.S. Army in 1950, where he faithfully served his country and was honorably discharged in 1952. After being discharged, Tommy entered Morgan State College and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He met Alexine Banks in 1956. They were married in 1957 and enjoyed 54 years of wedded bliss.

Tommy thrived on hard work. He was employed by the State of Maryland for 23 years as a health specialist, working primarily as a communicable disease investigator. He worked cases for the entire Maryland Eastern Shore, from the Bay Bridge to the Virginia State Line and was affectionately known as the "VD man." Tommy also owned and operated Cornish's Market, where he worked diligently for over 45 years until it hurt him to walk. As if that was not enough, in between his state job and the store, Tommy purchased two oil trucks and delivered heating oil to families in the winter. Thomas was a member of Wesley Temple United Methodist Church. His favorite Bible passage was Psalm 27.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 54 years, Alexine, the devoted "special family" that he helped raise: Alexine's two sisters, Victoria Odom of Allen and Shelia Justice of Salisbury; Shelia's two children, Christine Jones and Marvin Odom of Salisbury; Christine's two children, Diontay Duppins and Shamya Jones; and Marvin's daughter, Monae Odom. Tommy also leaves two sisters, Jacqueline West of Baltimore and Ina (Jackie) Hitch of Newark, Del.; two brothers, Howard Cornish of Reading, Pa., and James Stewart of Fruitland; also in-laws, Eugene Odom of Allen, Raymond (Ruby) Jones of Fayetteville, N.C., Annette Cornish of Newark, Del., James (Doris) Jones of Salisbury, Shelby Barkley of Lincoln, Del., Marian (Martha) Jones of Baltimore, Wallace (Joan) Jones of New Castle, Del., Lottie Thompson of Glen Burnie, Md., Ott (Terry) Jones of Columbia, N.C., and the Rev. Hugh Nichols of Mardela Springs. Tommy also leaves an abundance of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Bonnie Sanders and Dorothy Laws; and three brothers, George, Samuel and William Cornish.

A viewing will be held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Stewart Funeral Home by Holloway and Downey PA and Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at Wesley Temple UMC, with a service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron.

Arrangements are in the care of Stewart Funeral Home by Holloway and Downey PA at 821 West Road in Salisbury. To send condolences to the family please visit

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Published in The Daily Times on Sept. 30, 2012