Earnest (Earnie) Cornett

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Earnest (Earnie) Cornett

Earnie Cornett

In the afternoon of January 4, 2022, Earnest Cornett passed away at home. He was 78 years old.

Earnie was born on January 17, 1943 in Lenoir City Tennessee. He was the first-born child of James and Nancy Cornett. One of his classmates was Linda Goodwin.

Earnie left home at the age of 13, ending up in Circle, Montana with a combine crew. After the harvest season, he attended school in Circle. Around Christmas time, it got too cold, and he headed home with every piece of clothing he owned. Earnie walked until he found a Greyhound bus. He continued this schedule, returning to Circle for working then back to Tennessee for more school. This took 5 years to finish high school. While home in Tennessee finishing high school, he discovered he had two stepsisters and one stepbrother.

In 1962 he served as an Army Ranger, spending 3 years 3 months and 18 days in Vietnam. There he was wounded in action. After the service, he attended Tennessee Tech studying engineering. While there he met his first wife, Jackie. They were blessed with a daughter, Leslie. Jackie didn’t like the name Earnest and began calling him Earnie.

Then he moved back to Montana for a job in Colstrip in the mines. Many stories of him partying and being a wild young man have been told over the years. He was the fool who rode his horse through the BAR!

While serving the Rosebud County Sheriff’s Office, he met his second wife, Val. He welcomed her two children, Melessia and Justin. He worked for Harlan Steiger for many years, eventually branching out on his own.

In 2012, he returned to Lenoir City for his 50th class reunion. There he met Linda Nelson, a classmate, marrying a month later. They then came and settled in Forsyth.

Earnie enjoyed many hobbies, including collecting guns and reloading. He helped form the Quigley Black Powder Shoot after seeing the movie, Quigley Down Under. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and his morning coffee group. Earnie will always be known for his many jokes and pranks on everyone he met. Whether it was from ripping up a dollar bill to give half to each waitress to singing happy birthday off key.

Earnie is preceded in death by his parents, his first and second wives, and his stepsister.

Earnie is survived by his wife Linda, his daughters Leslie Brown and Melessia (Justin) Rogers, his son Justin (Jami) Christofferson, Jessica (Andrew) Bara and their two daughters, Lindsay Collins and her son and daughter, Carter Christofferson, Kenlee Brown, LeaRea Brown. He is also survived by Karen Nutter, Stephen Nutter, and Susan Nutter, Linda’s children.

Family to receive friends will be from 4-6 PM on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Forsyth Cemetery. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home have been entrusted with arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at www. stevensonandsons.com.

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