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Jackie W. Cornelius

Jackie Wayne Cornelius, “American”, 74 years, 8 months, 6 days old, of Ava, Missouri, passed away on March 12, 2020 at his home from a sudden illness.

Jackie was born July 6, 1945 and was the last born to his parents Clarence Clifford and Vera Pearl (Greene) Cornelius who lived at Smack-Out, MO in Douglas County.

Jackie was a Security Guard with Assumption Abbey. Jackie married Connie Jones from Mansfield in 1965 and they had three sons, Jeffery B. in 1966, Kevin W. in 1968, and Darrel R. in 1972. 

Jackie loved to coach and play football. That’s why he started a Mighty-Mite football program in Mansfield, MO in 1976 and another football program in Ava in 1998. Jackie never turned a child away because of their inability to pay the cost to play. Other hobbies included were hunting, camping, fishing, and riding four wheelers. He especially loved to introduce children and beginners to the outdoors. He made a living as a professional meat cutter, farmer, and security guard. The last Saturday of every month the kids and cousins gathered to play Pinochle at Jackie’s house.

Jackie was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Kathy Evans and Carol Taylor, two brothers, Harold D. and Freddie Cornelius. 

Jackie is survived by his three sons and their wives, Jeff & Jo Cornelius, Kevin & Candy Cornelius, and Darrel & Jeri Cornelius, grandchildren; Josh Cornelius & Katie, Jason Cornelius, Dustin & Carolyn Cornelius, Cody Cornelius, Kyle Cornelius, Lacey Cornelius, Dallas Lansdown, Chrissy Cornelius, Amy Cornelius, great grandchildren; Hayden, Easton, and Carstin Cornelius, Xavier, Ezra, and Alexis Lansdown, sisters, Wanda Fleetwood, Becky Thomas, and Charlotte Jones, special friend, Mary Conrad, many nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Jackie’s “farewell party” was Monday, March 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, MO and he was laid to rest at the family burial grounds called the Day-Chapel Cemetery on K. Hwy. east of Smackout in Webster County, next to his sister, Carol.  A visitation was held Monday, March 16th  prior to the service in the funeral home. Officiating was Pastor John Williams and Pastor Kevin Cornelius. Memorials may be made to funeral home to help with funeral expense or Day-Chapel Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to