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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.



#23 Lamar, MOBonnie Behrend 2016-01-01 20:00
I'm so sorry for your loss, Brenda. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
#22 Jasper, MOJacque Ball 2016-01-01 11:19

Did not know of your loss until last night(the 31st).

I always enjoyed working with both you and Harold.

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss.

Am Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
#21 Lamar,MOMike Koehn 2016-01-01 08:51
So Sorry to hear of Harold's passing. We will be praying for you and your family.
#20 Lamar, MoDale and Paula Mayfield 2015-12-30 21:36
Brenda, we were so sad to hear that Harold lost his brave fight. Heaven had gained a great angel. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
#19 Neosho, MoKathi Kendall 2015-12-30 16:50
Brenda so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He was such a great person. He really loved to play bingo and we had so much fun doing that. We will miss him greatly. Know that he is with God having a blast and no pain anymore. I will keep you in my prayers
#18 LamarRichard Ryan 2015-12-30 13:59
Sorry for the loss of Harold. He came many times to play music with us at Maple Senior Living. A kind an gentle gentleman.
#17 Lamar, MOJulie & Erin Miller 2015-12-30 12:36
Jamie, I'm so very sorry about your dad. Thinking and praying for all of you.
#16 MOLynnette and Mickey Fast 2015-12-30 08:16
Brenda, we're so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Treasure your memories of Harold and keep them in your heart always.
#15 Janie Conness 2015-12-30 06:48
So sorry for your loss.Harold was a kind,sweet,man.My prayers are with you all.
#14 Helen and Keefer Cole 2015-12-29 16:10
Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Harold was a great guy and seemed to be liked by all who knew him.

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