James Earl Cornish

James E. Cornish, 71, of Waco, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2019.

Visitation: 4-7 pm, Friday, September 13, 2019 at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Funeral Service: 10:00 am, Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Interment: 9:00 am, Monday, September 16, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, in Killeen.

James Earl Cornish was born July 8, 1948, to the proud parents of Edgar and Early Mae Cornish. James was the thirteenth child growing up in a loving and caring family. He accepted Christ at an early age, uniting with the True Vine Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. Washington in Mt. Calm. He later moved his membership to the Mount Hope BC.

James attended school in Mt. Calm, where he excelled in the classroom and on the field.  After graduating from Hubbard High School, James entered into the Job Core and later enlisted into the Air Force, where he achieved several accommodations. He retired from the Air Force as a Tech Sgt. in 1987, and worked for the United States Post Office, retiring in 2014.  He also worked for the IRS, the census bureau, was a medical delivery driver for the elderly, an auto parts driver, a Noni juice representative, and an encyclopedia sales person, just to name a few.  He was always giving of himself and helping someone in need.

While serving his country, James furthered his education, at TSU, Shaw University, and University of Maryland, achieving several associate degrees, 2 bachelor degrees, a masters degree in Guidance Counseling. He also was able to travel abroad while in the USAF.

Rev. James E. Cornish was a licensed minister for the United Pentecostal Church International. He served as Pastor of the Hiram Clark UPC.  Rev. Cornish taught Bible Class and won many souls to God.

James met and married Julia and to this union two lovely daughters were born and one son Michael James.

James was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael; and seven siblings.

He leaves to cherish his memories his daughters, Thedessa Lyn Cornish, of Houston and Joi Anita Cornish of Willis; five sisters, Gloria, of Houston,  Annie, of Waco,  Linda, of Hewitt, Brenda, of Fort Worth, and Beverly, of Waco; four brothers, Willie and wife, Maryland, of Odessa, Ed and wife, Woodetta, of Abilene, Larry and wife, Beverly, of Odessa, and Kirk and wife, Peggy, of Hewitt; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Baylor Scott & White Hospice

    Dear Cornish Family,
    The Baylor Scott & White Hospice is thinking of you at this time. Thank you for allowing us to care for Mr. Cornish and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Bishop Brenda K Perry

    May the God of grace give comfort to all of the family members. May your tears be few and your joy come forth, for his life was hid in Jesus Christ his Savior.

  3. My condolences to the family, I attended New Abundant Life with him when he lived in Houston. He will be truly missed.

  4. Our hearts are truly hurting and will miss this great Christian and MOG. Our thoughts and prayers are for your families .Apologies for not being able to attend service but please let us know if we can be an assistant.

    Pastor R.L . Sylvester
    Spirit of Life Church

  5. Dear Sis. Cornish and family,
    My daughter just saw this announcement and told me. I was so sad to hear of Brother Cornish’s passing.
    Besides being acquainted with him at Life Tabernacle, I remember working with him at the post office. He was always a kind hearted person, always with a pastors heart. He was hard working and sought to always help others.
    May God continue to comfort and strengthen you at this time and always. Each of you will always be endeared to us.
    God Bless you.
    Sharron, Debbie, Jenny (Waldrep) and Steven McKelvey.

  6. Rest in Peace my friend,

    Frank Wilkins – class of 66 Hubbard HS

  7. Jeanette Parker

    Sorry about hering the passing

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