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Welcome to the Cornett Family Page!
Updated: 25 August 2012
 If you have information (births, marriages, deaths, obituaries, photographs, diaries, letters, etc.) of the Cornett and related families please contact Jim Adams for inclusion on this page.

Plummer Family Tree at {begins with Earl & Anne (Canute) Cornett}. The following information taken from the Plummer Family Tree has not been verified. 

1. Earl Cornett married Anne Canute. They had a son, John Cornett.

2. John Cornett married Elizabeth Mosbey. They had a son, James Cornett.

3. James Cornett married Sarah W. They had a son, James Cornett.

4. James Cornett married Mary Hatfield. They had a son, David Cornett (b. about 1806 in VA)

5. David Cornett (b. about 1806 in VA) married Phebe Sutherland. They had a son, Joseph A. Cornett (b. about 1833 in VA - d. 1920 in Jackson Co., IL). 

6. Joseph A. Cornett (b. about 1833 in VA - d. 1920 in Jackson Co., IL) married Matilda Elizabeth Moore (1871 - ). They had 4 children:
  i. Ellis M. (1888 - 1964)
  ii. Cora E. (1891 - 1972)
  iii. Marvin Cornett (13 March 1893 in VA - 27 Oct 1918 in Grayson Co., VA) married Lillie E. Vaughn (b. about 1883 in VA - 04 May 1923). They had 7 children; 4 daughters & 3 sons.
  iv. Lucy B. Cornett (1897 - )
7. Marvin D. Cornett married Lilly Vaughn. They had 7 children:
  i. James Alexander (01 Dec 1917 in IL - 16 June 2011 in AZ) married Florine Mae Nemmers.
  ii. Kent
 iii. Oliver 
  Florine Mae (Nemmers) Cornett was born in LeMars, Plymouth, Iowa on 24 June 1921 and died Sunday,  12 February 2012. She leaves behind a legacy of grace, joy and exuberance for life that touched the lives and hearts of family, friends and communities. Flo is survived by her three children, Ted and his wife Elaine, Pat and her husband Harvey, and Peg and her husband John; 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
  Flo was married to James Alexander Cornett (01 Dec 1917 - 16 June 2011) who preceded her in death. They lived in Denver, CO raising their family until moving to Casa Grande, AZ for retirement in 1984. Flo was an avid golfer, talented seamstress and amazing cook. She was a  passionate supporter of the Vaquero Foundation of Central Arizona College and helped raise over $400,000 in scholarship funds for the college athletics program and provided a "home away from home" for many of the women's basketball players. Flo's memory will live for years in the hearts of her beloved grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and athletes. Countless lives were enriched with birthday cakes for student athletes, hand-sewn rugs for church bazaars and chocolate-chip cookie packages during final exams that found their way to more than five states. Her legendary sock monkeys and stuffed teddy bears live in the bedrooms and hearts of family members who share the commitment to carry her spirit to the next generations.
  In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society in Casa Grande, where Flo volunteered for more than 20 years. Please mail donations to 405 E. 2nd St., Casa Grande, AZ 85122. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Abbey Chapel, The Oratory of St. Gregory and St. Augustine, 530 South Mason Road, St. Louis, Missouri. She was also preceded in death by Lawrence H. Vogt (1921 - 24 Dec 1944).
James A. Cornett obituary:


Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:07 AM MST

Paid Obituary

December 19, 1917 - June 16, 2011

Jim Cornett, 93, died Thursday, June 16th. He left a legacy of commitment to family, love of sports and lots of sage advice for all those wise enough to listen. Jim is survived by his wife, Flo; three children, Ted and his wife, Elaine, Pat and her husband, Harvey, and Peg and her husband, John; 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

A veteran of WWII, Jim was in the U.S. Army 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team serving in the South Pacific in seven campaigns between 1943-45 in New Guinea and the Philippines as a combat paratrooper. Wounded on three occasions Jim was awarded two Bronze Star medals for valor, a Purple Heart medal with two clusters, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

After retiring as a mechanical engineer in Denver, Colorado, Jim and Flo moved to Casa Grande in 1984 and became involved in the Vaquero Foundation at Central Arizona College. Jim served as president of the athletic booster club for many years, and was an avid supporter of women’s athletics helping raise over $400,000 in scholarship funds.

Memorial services will be held at St. Anthony’s Church, Casa Grande, on Monday, June 20 at 1:00 pm followed by a celebration of his life at the Holiday Inn, Casa Grande from 2:00-4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Center for the Intrepid – National Armed Forces Rehabilitation Center at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. To send a donation in memory of Jim Cornett by mail: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Attn: Contributions, One Intrepid Square, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036; online:

Copyright © 2011 - Tri Valley Central


Cornett was one of the'greatest'

Published: Monday, June 20, 2011 9:40 AM MST

Ed Petruska
Sports Editor

I don’t recall the first time I met Jim Cornett and his wife Flo, but it had to be in the mid-1980s. I’m guessing it was at a Central Arizona College women’s basketball game because they were such avid and unconditional supporters of the Vaqueras — and CAC athletics in general.

Getting to know Jim, who died Thursday, enriched my life and countless others. He was kind and caring, and very few people — if any — were as generous with their time and support of all things CAC as Jim and Flo. Not only were they devoted to helping CAC become an athletic powerhouse through their work with the Vaquero Foundation (Jim was the scholarship fundraiser group’s president for many years), the school’s student-athletes knew Jim and Flo cared for them as individuals.

Jim firmly believed that success on the court or field took a back seat to academics.

“The athletes are students first and athletes second,” he said in 2004. “If it wasn’t that way, I wouldn’t have anything to do with any of the programs.”

His dedication to and fondness for women’s athletics came about because his two daughters never had the opportunity to compete when they were growing up.

“I always told myself that if I ever had the chance, I would help women’s athletics as much as I could,” Cornett told me in 2004.

The Cornetts, who were married in 1944, moved to Casa Grande in 1984. Jim had retired after working as a field engineer for 36 years.

From talking with other people, I learned that Jim had served as an Army paratrooper in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He was awarded several medals, including two Bronze Stars with a valor device for combat heroism and a Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters for being wounded in three different battles.

When I first asked Jim if he would agree to an interview about his WWII experiences, he said maybe sometime down the road. Then in 2004, he approached me and we finally sat down to talk. The interview at his home lasted well over two hours, and with Flo filling in some of the details, we covered a lot of ground. The interview was one of the most memorable and engrossing I’ve ever conducted, and I will be forever thankful that Jim allowed me to have that honor.

Among other things, I hadn’t known that Jim married Flo while on a 30-day leave, or that he spent two years recovering from wounds sustained on Negros Island in the Philippines after being shot in the chest by a Japanese sniper in the spring of 1945. Jim’s recollections were published in the Tri-Valley Dispatch on Feb. 16, 2005 — exactly 60 years to the day after he made his third and final combat jump on Corregidor. The story can be accessed by going through an advanced search under the “Archives” heading on our website, and I encourage you to give it a read to find out more about this remarkable man.

Jim was a member of the “Greatest Generation” and he will be greatly missed.

The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, with a celebration of life following from 2 to 4 at the Holiday Inn.

Copyright © 2011 - Tri Valley Central


Ed Petruska story based on his interview with Jim Cornett: "No memory of war memory"


503rd Parachute RCT Association, WWII Inc. (With a story about Jim Cornett & his response)

Corregidor - A Memorial for the Courage, Sacrifice, & Heroism of Its Defenders (with maps of Corregidor)