Carol Cornwell


WEST UNION – Carol Ann Cornwell, 80, of Melrose, was transferred at 8:50 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, from Burnsides Community Health Center, Marshall, to her eternal home in glory land.

A funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Prust-Hosch Funeral Home, with Pastor Danny Harper officiating. Burial is in the Medsker Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the funeral home.

Ms. Cornwell was born Feb. 6, 1938, at West Union, the daughter of the late Charles Wesley Cornwell and Sarah Esther Strohm Cornwell.

She is survived by two sisters, Reta Jean Cutrell of Yakama, Wash., and Hilda Faye Cornwell of Melrose, who can testify that she was a loving sister who left her mark as a loyal, goal-centered soul; her nephews, Charles “Chuck” (Barb) Cutrell, Stephen Cutrell and Justice Cutrell and William Wesley “Wes” (Sheri) Cornwell; her niece, Rene (John) Hayes; and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews who will only know the healthy Carol Ann through the testimonies of their parents and grandparents.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Lowell Cornwell in 2015.

Ms. Cornwell grew up in the rural West Union area and attended Melrose Grade School before transferring to South Center School upon its opening in February 1950. Her junior high and high school years were completed in Martinsville. She furthered her education by enrolling in the Indiana Business College, Terre Haute, Ind., and also found time to take night classes at Marshall offered by Lakeland College.

Her life of service began as a child in the Cornwell’s “Jot ‘Em Down” Store in Melrose. Her teenage years found her working as a janitor for the Melrose Church of God, where she served her Lord as an active and faithful member for most of her life. Through the years, she held a number of positions: she was a Sunday school teacher, a song leader, a delegate to both the state and general conference and, of course, a treasurer.

From an early age, she displayed a penchant for mathematics and this served her well throughout both her personal and political life. Her political career began on the Melrose Township Board, where she served as clerk. She continued serving as clerk for the Clark County Board of Review prior to being elected Clark County Treasurer, a position she held for 30 years. A lifelong member of the GOP, she also served as precinct committeeman and was highly active in the Women’s Republican Club. If one thing can be said about her work, it is that through criticisms and challenges, she always stayed committed to doing her absolute best.

Much of her free time was spent with a needle in her hand. She loved sewing, crocheting and embroidering, and these brought her a deep sense of satisfaction. She also enjoyed spending time in her garden and cooking in her kitchen. These passions brought her to join the Friendly Neighbors Home Extension, with whom she was a member for many years. She was also a longtime member of the Clark County Historical Society.

Ms. Cornwell’s legacy of excellence and faith in all things will continue to shine as an example to the community she leaves behind. She was truly one-of-a-kind and can never be forgotten.

Memorial donations may be made to the Medsker Cemetery, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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