Norma Jean (Reaves) Cornwell

January 18, 1926 ~ January 24, 2020 (age 94)


Norma Jean Reaves Cornwell, 94, of Greeneville, passed away peacefully on Friday at her home after a period of declining health.

She was born on January 18, 1926, in Greeneville, the second child of the late Elbert Marion and Lucy Ada McMillian Reaves. Mrs. Cornwell retired from The Austin Company in Greeneville after more than 40 years of service. She was a member of First Christian Church in Greeneville, where she was baptized on April 3, 1960, and was a member of The Bond Between Us Class, whose members she considered to be her special church family.

Mrs. Cornwell was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 1990, the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion, and the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society.

Survivors include a step-son and his wife: Kenneth and Rita Cornwell; a step-daughter and her husband: Peggy and Clifford Jennings; step-grandchildren: DeAnna Barker, Keith Gray, Dohn Gray, Danielle Clark, Montie Cansler, and Kandy Cansler; nine step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; nieces: Starlet Thomas, Judy Anne Carmack, Marcia Bear, and Tammy Nicholson; nephews: Johnny Reaves, Garland Reaves, and Danny Reaves; several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews; special friends: Bennie McDonald and Bonnie Johnson.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cornwell was preceded in death by her husband: J. D. Cornwell; two sisters: Barbara Gentry and Martha White; two brothers: Jacob Reaves and Sammy Reaves; special sisters-in-law: Evelyn Reaves Cartwright and Anna Shipley Reaves.

Per her request, there will be no formal visitation. Her body will be cremated and her ashes will be spread over the ashes of her sister, Martha, in Ohio at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to her supportive and loving caregivers: Trula Thornburg, Farris Broyles, Fonda Cosby, Connie Mejia, Deanna Barker, Russell and Judy Anne Carmack.


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