R. D. Cornelison, 86, died October 4, 2018 in Amarillo. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairlanes Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Burwash, Pastor and Rev. Brad Jones, his grandson, of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia officiating. Military graveside rites will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
Friends are invited to join the family at a visitation at the funeral home Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
R. D. was born January 25, 1932 in Lebanon, OK to Theodore Cornelison and Ova J. Ray Cornelison, he proudly served his country as a corporal in the U. S. Army, While in the service he was stationed in Austria and was a member of the base football and basketball teams. He came to Borger in 1951 and was a Transportation Supervisor for Phillips Petroleum Co. for 41 years. He married Ella Mae Rainbolt October 18, 1952 in Ardmore, OK. R. D. was a Hutchinson County Commissioner for 16 years and was very civic minded. He was very active in Youth Sports, 4H clubs, the Annual Livestock Show and the Rotary Club.
He loved farming, cowboying, driving trucks and playing all sports but especially tennis and played well after he was 70.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ray, his two sisters Estelle Mozingo and Wilma Vinson.
R. D. is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ella, his son Rick Cornelison and his wife Pam of Clovis, NM, his two daughters Janis Carder of Canyon and Lisa Kennedy and her husband Ron of Bartlesville, OK, his five grandchildren; Missy Schrib and her husband Lanny, Brad Jones and his wife Brittany, KayCee Perry and her husband Sawyer, Braden Kennedy and Rosston Kennedy, his seven great grandchildren Ben, Lindley and Brandt Schrib, Raygen and Saydee Perry and Caleb and Adelynn Jones.
Casket bearers will be Roy Gurley, Larry Coffman, Danny Lavato, John Fisher, Theron Baker and Duane Chisholm.
Honorary bearers will be Jack Worsham, Ed Hicks, Eddie Whittington, Jerry Hefner, Red Isbell, Gordon Gillham, Charlie Kerr and Lindsay Patterson.
I'm so sorry to hear of R.D.'s passing. He was such a sweet and caring person. We sure will miss him. Sending you lots of hugs, love and prayers.
Lupe, Josh, Brooklyn and Lucas Newton
We are so very sorry for your loss. He was a great man and we know he will be greatly missed. You and your precious family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rick and Dianne SayBorger, TX
RD was such a kind and precious friend of the Denny's. We will always remember his love of sports and encouraging support. I enjoyed serving him as his hygienist for many years. God bless you Ella and the family during this time. Love, Debbie
Debbie DennyAmarillo, TX
We are so sorry for your loss. You both are so special to us. We have been blessed that we could be a part of the family. Our love and prayers for all of you.
Love, Jim and Linda
Linda & Jim SchribCanyon, TX
Ella and family--- thoughts and prayers are with you. R.D. will be missed not only by his family and friends, but also by his community which he served greatly.
Kathy FordeAmarillo, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. R. D. was such a great man and will be missed.
Jack & Mary ScottDewey, OK
Rinica, David, Ryne and Heather wish to say we have lost a very dear friend and send our condolences for your loss. We send our prayers to Ella and family.
David WilliamsBORGER, TX
Ella, I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Husband. I will miss seeing him in the neighborhood. He would always stop, when he was out walking/running. He was a very kind Man. You and your Family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all!
Sherry DillardBorger, TX
I will forever cherish the many nights playing doubles with R.D. at the Borger Country Club. Greg and I were honored and excited to play on Men's League night when R.D. would call at the last minute for us to "sub-in". I have fond memories of playing with R.D.; his short toss on his serve and no spin forehand shots were as unique as he. I often said, I hope I play as well as he does when I am that age. R.D. lived his life with love and integrity. He will be missed by the Thompsons.
Matt ThompsonPearland, TX
I’m so sad to hear about your beloved father and grandfather. What a shining light he was to your family. It was such a honor to know him. My prayers go with your family in the coming days. Please accept my deepest condolences and love. God bless your family.
Jan Justice HilgersLubbock, TX
Ella. Rick.Jan . Lisa.and families
So sorry for your loss
He was a Good Man
Kenny HubbardSkellytown, TX
So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers.
Carolyn WilkinsonFritch, TX
We are so sorry to learn of R.D.'s passing. We always enjoyed seeing him out and about the neighborhood!! Prayers for Ella and the rest of the family.
George and Rossetta HannaBorger, TX
Marilyn browb, TX
Ella and family,
So, so sorry to hear of R.D.’s passing. He was an outstanding person, and always took time to say say hello. He will certainly be missed by all who new him. He was always a great servant to our our community. Rest In Peace, my friend.
Bart and Suzy BorenBorger, TX
Ella Mae, You know that R.D was special to our family. He was always so pleasant and nice and returned the love to our family we had for him.
we were pleased with his choice when he brought you to see us, as we felt you were another one of our kids. God Bless you and your family. We will always miss that special man. We love you.
Virginia FrantzAmarillo, TX
Dear Ella Mae and family, I am so very sad to hear of RD’s passing! You both were such great friends to us in our early years of marriage in Odessa, Borger, and Bartlesville! RD was such a special man and will be missed by many! Praying for all of you during this time and in the days and months to come! Love and hugs from Bartlesville, Kathy and Terry
Kathy (Clark) and Terry ChristianBartlesville, OK
Praying for your family ❤
Georgia HughesBorger, TX
We were saddened to hear of R.D.’s passing. He was such a sweet and dear man to everyone he met. He will be missed. Our thoughts & Prayers for Ella and the family.
David & Donna
David and Donna PenningtonLubbock, TX
So sorry for your loss. RD was a special man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tanya SheltonBorger, TX
So sorry to learn of R.D.s passing.He will be missed. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.
Joan & Bill CarderBorger, TX
I'm sad to hear about R.D.'s passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
Charles HairellHouston, TX
We will miss R.D. Such a kind, generous and loving man.
Derrol and Debra WellsFritch, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories.
Roberta McNeeseCanyon, TX
my prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow....May God bless and keep you....
Rick HarbisonFritch, TX
I always will remember my tennis friend R.D. Thanks for the memories.
Phillip GrovePampa, TX
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know R.D. will be missed dearly by so many. Love you sweet lady!
Nora CorneliusThrockmorton, TX
I’m so sorry for your loss. R.D was a good man and friend to all.
Gail LewisBorger, TX
Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great man and a great friend to me. He will be sorely missed. You are in my thought and prayers.
Jackie LawsonBorger., TX
I’m so very sorry Ella. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love you💕
Charlotte Sinor HoffmanBorger, TX
We are so sorry to hear of R D’s passing. He was a great man and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ella and the family.
Kenny and Deana
Deana HubbardSkellytown, TX
We are so sad to lose our friend RD Cornelison. We know he is in Heaven and we are thankful that he is pain free and happy. Love and prayers to the family.
Art and Karla BybeeBorger, TX
Dear Lord wrap your arms this blessed family. Please bring them comfort knowing they will all be together someday again. Love and hugs to you all.
Kevin and jayme arnoldKermit, TX
Ella, I am so sorry about the passing of R D.
I've known you forever
Thinking of you as the days pass
Betty BarkleyBorger, TX
I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mandy SheltonFort Worth, TX
Miss Ella & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always think fondly of R.D. and remember the heroic way he came to my rescue when I was stuck in the snow and met him for the first time. Your friendship and love thru the years have meant so much to me.
Praying for comfort and peace to ease your sorrow at this time.
Carol HermesBorger, TX
So sorry for your family’s loss! Glad he is no longer suffering! Love to you all❤️
Mitzi BradleyFort Collins, CO
You're in our thoughts and prayers. We have truly lost a great friend.
Jim and Rose Ann MunnLeague City, TX
Ella and Family,
My heart aches for you in the loss of R.D. He was a very special man and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him the 16 years at the county. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you
Kathy SargentStinnett, TX
Ella and family,
It is with much sadness as I read this. R.D. was one of the sweetest men I have had the privilege to know. We worked side by side during the Hutchinson County Livestock Sale and the kids were his highest priority in the show barn.
With sincere sympathy,
Tad, Mary Lou , William and Clay Lozier
Mary Lou LozierFritch, TX
Ella, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. My prayers and love are with you and your family.
Joyce coileBorger, TX
What a wonderful man. He will be truly missed. He always made me and my family feel so special, what a gift he had. Love and Prayers to Ella and family.
Cliff MurleyBorger, TX