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James L. Cornell went home to be with the Lord on November 13, 2017.
He was born April 19, 1949 in Delano, CA to Clayton and Betty Cornell. He married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Leary on October 11, 1969. He served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1972. Jim was devoted to his family and his faith where he was a chaplain in the state and federal prison system.
He was preceded in death by his father Clayton Cornell and his son Benjamin Essert. Jim is survived by his wife Beverly of 48 years and their daughter, Christine Williams and her husband David and their son, Clifford Cornell. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jacob Williams and his wife Hailey, Emily Williams, Hannah Williams, Kailey Cornell, Madison Cornell, Cody Cornell, Megan Cornell, Cassidy Cornell and great grandson Archer Williams. Surviving him also is his mother Betty Cornell and siblings Dale Cornell, Cathy Cornell and Michael Cornell.
A memorial service will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Arvin, CA at 9:30 am on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Viewing will be at the church at 9:00am. In lieu of flowers, Donations maybe made to The Kern County Autism Center, 14150 Sunset Blvd, Arvin, CA 93203.