SALVISA, Ky. – John Stephen Cornwell, 85, of Salvisa, formerly of Dixon, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Kentucky. He owned and operated the Cornwell Barber Shop in Dixon for 55 years, and served as a corrections officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections for 16 years before his retirement.
Mr. Cornwell was born July 6, 1932, in Dixon, and was the son of John Hardin Cornwell and Catherine (Docter) Cornwell. John married Shirley Williams on May 16, 1957, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. John was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Shirley Cornwell; two daughters, Sandra (Tony) Wilder of Danville, Kentucky, and Barbara Kargel of Lexington, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Erica and Clint Wilder of Danville, Kentucky; and three brothers, Philip (Evelyn) Cornwell of Dixon, Thomas (Sue) Cornwell of Sterling, and Robert Cornwell of New Braunfels, Texas.
John was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia; a son, Michael; a sister, Cecilia Liston; and a brother, James Bruce Cornwell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with Father Keith Romke, officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon,
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
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