Elvin "Gene" Cornelison, Jr., age 70, of Cohutta, passed away on Thursday May 16, 2019 at his home.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elvin Cornelison Sr.; 2 brothers, Billy and Richard Cornelison; sister, Debbie Cornelison Nix.
Mr. Cornelison proudly served in the U.S. Army and during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Tonya Gifford Cornelison of Cohutta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gena and Brian Ergle of Canton, Amie and Aaron Murphy of Calhoun; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Lindsay Cornelison of Dalton; mother, Catherine Cornelison of Dalton; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Pat Cornelison of Marietta; grandchildren, Landon and Lillie Catherine Ergle, Leif and Dax Murphy, McKenzie and Bryson Cornelison; nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Cornelison will be held Monday May 20, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Brian Ergle and David Rose officiating.
Burial will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 10:30 a.m. until the service time at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements are by Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Pleasant Grove Chapel, Dalton. For more information, call 706-259-7455.
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Butch Pierce
May 19, 2019
It is with a sad heart that I convey my condolences to Gene's family. He was a great human being and we shared some very exciting if not very rascally experiences while growing up in Dalton in the late 50's and 60's. He was one of my very best friends during that period and I am much ashamed that I haven't maintained contact with him throughout the years, having left the confines of the southern states in 1966. Unfortunately, as is often said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We had some incredibly great endeavors and I would sometimes marvel at his daring and adventurous nature. Some of the stunts we pulled were so incredible that I still wake up at 0300 hours wondering... how we survived childhood. Gene would sometimes initiate an activity of which I was often shocked that I had joined in doing which was, of course, his dormant leadership skills which he often employed. I loved his mom who was always very kind and gracious to me. I am pleased to note that she is still living. We played midget football together and I remember his good athletic ability. Thank you, Gene, for your great life and your valued friendship during those often difficult times of youth.

Forever your friend,

Ralph E (Butch) Pierce
Tooele, Utah
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