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OBIT: Mrs. Agnes Gertrude Wilburn Cornwell

Mrs. Agnes Gertrude Wilburn Cornwell

Mrs. Gertrude Cornwell of Gallatin and a longtime resident of the Riddleton Community, died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon December 28, 2017 at the Gallatin Healthcare Center. Mrs. Cornwell was 94 years of age.

Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Sunday afternoon December 31st at 1 p.m. with Donnie Hines delivering the eulogy and Mrs. Cornwell’s pastor, Eld. Rickey Brooks officiating. Burial followed beside her husband in the Amonette-Taylor Section of the Dixon Springs Cemetery with Eld. Frankie Downs officiating.

Born Agnes Gertrude Wilburn in Dixon Springs on April 2, 1923, she was one of six children of the late Sam Bridgewater Wilburn who died at the age of 52 April 22, 1942 and Kate Lee Gregory Wilburn who died at the age of 80 on May 12, 1972.

Two sisters, Louise Wilburn who died as an infant on May 20, 1912 at the age of 10 months and 4 days, Gladys Erline Wilburn Piper who died at the age of 92 on September 27, 2005 preceded Mrs. Cornwell in death as did three brothers, Woodrow Wilson Wilburn who died at the age of 77 on March 16, 1994, Jack Greyson Wilburn who died at the age of 68 on April 25, 1987 and Julian Wilburn who died at the age of 75 on June 1, 2001..

On January 29, 1948 Mrs. Cornwell was united in marriage to Elmwood Community native Frank Wilson Cornwell who died at the age of 84 on December 5, 1994 following almost forty seven years of marriage.

Mrs. Cornwell was saved at the age of 10 under the preaching of the late Eld. Calvin Gregory and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Maces Hill Missionary Baptist Church where she had remained a faithful member for over eighty four years.

Before the closing of the former Cox-Davis School at Riddleton, she cooked in the kitchen for several years and later was employed for over twenty years at the former Carthage Shirt Corporation.

Mr. and Mrs. Cornwell moved from Riddleton to Gallatin in 1987.

An accomplished alto singer, she also enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and quilting.

Surviving is her daughter, Catherine Cornwell Thurman and husband Don of Gallatin, sister-in-law, Eva Earps Wilburn of the Buffalo Community, nine nieces and nephews and special extended family, John, Penny, Peyton and MacKenzie McMahon of Portland.