There is trouble at our house again.  One by one they go away and it is never the same anymore.  Oh, how
happy we have been!  What fun we have had!  The birds still sing, the sun still shines but we are so sad.

     Cleo Cornett was born the 8th child in the home of the late Arch and Artie Back Cornett on April 18, 1927.  
He passed from this life at the VA Medical center on Monday, February 19. 2001, making his life on earth 73
years, 10 months and 1 day.

     On October 18, 1948 Cleo married Josephine Halcomb.  They had a special relationship.  They worked
hard.  They accomplished much.  They provided well.  They stood by each other.  Even the sound of their
names together had that special ring, Cleo and Jo.

     To this union were born 2 sons: Jerry Wayne of Stamping Ground, Kentucky and Gary of Lexington,
Kentucky, and 1 daughter: Anneta Jo Morrow of California.

     Cleo was a man of deep convictions.  He was just what he was.  There was no “put on” about him.

     He worked in the insurance business throughout his career.  He worked for National Life and for Kentucky
Central and retired several years ago.  He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky.  Wherever he worked
or played he moved forward with new friends—friends for a lifetime.

     For the last few years he has been deeply involved with several churches that he loved, respected and
attended.  He was an able singer and often started the songs.

     He was dedicated to the old time way of worship in spirit and truth.  He was greatly disturbed at efforts to
modernize the way.   He has spent endless hours painting and doing repairs, especially on the churches where
Jo belonged.

     Cleo loved his country and his freedom.  He served his time in the U. S. Army and was a veteran of WWII.

     He was a man of wisdom and caring.  He could be very tender and intimate.  Yet he had a special gift to
make people laugh.

     Cleo leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Josephine, his sons: Jerry and wife, Sheryl and Gary and wife,
Marilyn, and his daughter, Anneta and husband, Steve, and 3 grandsons: John Holsenbeck, Tyler Cornett,
Travis Cornett, 2 sisters, Eunice and husband, Bill Bates of Blackey, Kentucky, Mildred and husband, Walter
Strunk of Somerset, Kentucky, 5 brothers: Varge and wife, Carolyn Cornett of Huntsville, Alabama, Lilly Blaine
and Wife, Helen Cornett of Falmouth, Kentucky, Clell and wife, Jean Cornett of Louisville, Kentucky, Darrell
Dean Cornett of Arab, Alabama, Elwood and wife, Kathy Cornett of Blackey, Kentucky, and many, many nieces,
nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

     In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 1 sister; Avis Stewart, and 3 brothers: Vance
Cornett, Emil Cornett and Verlon Cornett.

     Cleo loved these mountains, their culture and traditions.  He was born here and raised here.  Now he has
come back to rest in a beautiful spot that he selected several years ago.  We feel that his involvement and love
for God’s plan of salvation was not in vain and that our loss is Heaven gained.

                             Cleo’s favorite song demonstrates that hope and promise:

Oh, what a beautiful morning
                                             Oh, what a beautiful day
                                             When I stand in the bright lights of Heaven
                                             And I hear him call my name.
                                             I’ll walk by life’s pure river
                                             I’ll hear my Savior say
                                             Welcome, welcome, to Heaven
                                             Rejoice for this is your day.

                                             My soul rejoices in Heaven
                                             My heart begins to sing
                                             I heard someone in Heaven
                                             Saying this is your day.
                                             I’ll walk by life’s pure river
                                             I’ll hear my Savior say
                                             Welcome, welcome to Heaven
                                             Rejoice for this is your day.
                                             Arise and come to Jesus
                                             And lay your burdens down
                                             The angels soon will join you
                                             And make his Heavenly band
                                             I’ll walk by life’s pure river
                                             I’ll hear my savior say
                                             Welcome, welcome to Heaven
                                             Rejoice for this is your day
Cleo Cornett