R. D. Cornelison
January 25, 1932  -  October 4, 2018

R. D. Cornelison

MintonChatwell Funeral Directors
314 S. Hedgecoke
Borger, TX  79007
Monday, October 8, 2018
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
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Funeral Service
Fairlanes Baptist Church
3000 Fairlanes Blvd
Borger, TX  79007
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
11:00 a.m.
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Westlawn Memorial ParkH
8745 Hwy 136 - 6 Miles West of Borger
Borger, TX  79007
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I served in the Army.

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.


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  1. Lupe
    Wylie, TX

    Mrs. Cornelison,
    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

  2. Rick and Dianne Say
    Borger, TX

    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.

  3. Debbie Denny
    Amarillo, 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

  4. Linda & Jim Schrib
    Canyon, 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

  5. Kathy Forde
    Amarillo, 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.

  6. Jack & Mary Scott
    Dewey, OK

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. R. D. was such a great man and will be missed.

  7. David Williams

    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.

  8. Sherry Dillard
    Borger, 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!

  9. Matt Thompson
    Pearland, 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 Thompson

  10. Jan Justice Hilgers
    Lubbock, 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.

  11. Kenny Hubbard
    Skellytown, TX

    Ella. Rick.Jan . Lisa.and families
    So sorry for your loss
    He was a Good Man

  12. Carolyn Wilkinson
    Fritch, TX

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers.

  13. George and Rossetta Hanna
    Borger, 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.

  14. Marilyn browb
    , TX

  15. Bart and Suzy Boren
    Borger, 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.

  16. Virginia Frantz
    Amarillo, 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.

  17. Kathy (Clark) and Terry Christian
    Bartlesville, OK

    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

  18. Georgia Hughes
    Borger, TX

    Praying for your family ❤

  19. David and Donna Pennington
    Lubbock, 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

  20. Tanya Shelton
    Borger, TX

    So sorry for your loss. RD was a special man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. Joan & Bill Carder
    Borger, TX

    So sorry to learn of R.D.s passing.He will be missed. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

  22. Charles Hairell
    Houston, TX

    I'm sad to hear about R.D.'s passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

  23. Derrol and Debra Wells
    Fritch, TX

    We will miss R.D. Such a kind, generous and loving man.

  24. Roberta McNeese
    Canyon, TX

    I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories.

  25. Rick Harbison
    Fritch, TX

    my prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow....May God bless and keep you....

  26. Phillip Grove
    Pampa, TX

    I always will remember my tennis friend R.D. Thanks for the memories.

  27. Nora Cornelius
    Throckmorton, 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!

  28. Gail Lewis
    Borger, TX

    I’m so sorry for your loss. R.D was a good man and friend to all.

  29. Jackie Lawson
    Borger., 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.

  30. Charlotte Sinor Hoffman
    Borger, TX

    I’m so very sorry Ella. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love you💕

  31. Deana Hubbard
    Skellytown, 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

  32. Art and Karla Bybee
    Borger, 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.

  33. Kevin and jayme arnold
    Kermit, 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.

  34. Betty Barkley
    Borger, 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 B

  35. Mandy Shelton
    Fort Worth, TX

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  36. Carol Hermes
    Borger, 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.
    Love you,

  37. Mitzi Bradley
    Fort Collins, CO

    So sorry for your family’s loss! Glad he is no longer suffering! Love to you all❤️

  38. Jim and Rose Ann Munn
    League City, TX

    You're in our thoughts and prayers. We have truly lost a great friend.

  39. Kathy Sargent
    Stinnett, 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 Sargent

  40. Mary Lou Lozier
    Fritch, 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

  41. Joyce coile
    Borger, TX

    Ella, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. My prayers and love are with you and your family.

  42. Cliff Murley
    Borger, 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.

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