Elbert Eugene Cornelius
Elbert Eugene Cornelius
  • September 2, 1926 - December 30, 2016
  • Douglasville, Georgia

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Elbert E. Cornelius, known as "Sarge" to his family and friends, passed away Friday December 30th 2016 at the age of 90. He was born September 2nd 1926 in Alabama City, Alabama. He was a devoted husband of 66 years to the love of his life, Harriet. Master Sergeant Cornelius served in the Army during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC where he received his master wings. He was a Signal Corp Instructor for 6 years and later was the head of communications for Fort Gordon in Georgia. During his military career he was stationed in Ludwigsburg Germany where his wife and daughter joined him. There he was instrumental in the development of an English speaking Baptist church, The Temple Baptist Church. It was there he was ordained as a Deacon on February 24th 1963. He and his family enjoyed traveling while stationed in Germany and continued to travel the world as much as possible. After returning to the states he again assisted in the planting of a church, Martinez Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. During that time he retired from military duty on December 1st 1967. Moving to Douglasville Georgia in 1973 where he began a new career in the engineering department over the laundry for Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He retired from Grady on January 11th 1989. He loved working in his yard and took pride in his Douglasville home. He was honored to be a member of the group which brought the WWII Memorial in Washington DC to fruition and was proud to be in attendance for the 2004 dedication with his family. "Sarge" was a man who loved his family and was honored to serve his country. He instilled the love of family and country even to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they would all see that he was a man of great patriotism.

He is preceded in death by his parents Alvie Eugene Cornelius and Mary Odessa Cornelius; brother Claude Cornelius; and Sister Hazel Cornelius. He is survived by his, ever by his side faithful, wife Harriet Elizabeth Cornelius; daughter Pamela Cox of Dawsonville, GA; granddaughter Tambra Greene of Dahlonega, GA; grandson Jonathan Stephens of Cumming, GA; great-grandsons Payton Stephens, Justin Sweat and Jaxon West. Also many nieces and nephews.