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Harold James Cornell

Harold James Cornell, of Lamar, MO was surrounded by family as he passed away on Sunday, December 27th, 2015 at the age of 67. He was born in Lamar, MO on February 26th, 1948 to Melvin Art Cornell and Laura Nadine Embry. He attended school in Lamar, MO and Wichita, KS. He met the love of his life, Brenda Wampler in November 1968 on the Lamar Square and they married 3 months later on February 21, 1969. They celebrated 46 years of marriage this year. Harold and Brenda have two sons, Harold “Jamie” and Dustin who loved and admired their father very much. In his early years, Harold enjoyed going to Rodeos where he was a pick-up man. He and Brenda took many trips on his motorcycle. Harold enjoyed the simple pleasures and beauty of life outdoors where he spent much of his time. He was an avid fisherman and he spoke often and fondly of his wild boar and coon hunting trips. He was a self-taught musician and played the guitar, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica. He was of the generation who could fix anything and was always collecting cars and other equipment that needed some elbow grease. Most of all, Harold was kind, generous and loved his family fiercely. He was the type of man who would go without to fill the need of another. Harold was a man of few words but never hesitated to tell his family how much he loved them. He made sure his family knew the love of God and took his family to worship with their church family at Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He had a tremendous sense of humor which he kept until the very end. Harold is survived by his wife Brenda Cornell of Lamar; sons Harold “Jamie” Cornell II of Lamar and Dustin Cornell of Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law, Sarah Adams-Cornell of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Trinity Cornell, Harold “Jayce” Cornell III, Isabella Cornell and Gabrielle Cornell; sibling, Brenda Rhine; in-laws, Wayne Duncan and Dhea Cornell. He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin Art Cornell and Nadine Embry; siblings, Artie Cornell and Linda Duncan. Services will be held at Daniel Funeral Home, 1201 Broadway, Lamar, MO on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Visitation to follow service. Donations can be made in honor of Harold to Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Barnes Jewish Hospital for their kindness during their 3 month stay.
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