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Dunbar Funeral Home - Northeast

4219 Hard Scrabble RD, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Edwin Thomas Cornelius III

March 1, 1946June 12, 2020
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COLUMBIA - Dr. Edwin Thomas Cornelius, III, Psychologist, Professor, an Entrepreneur, and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away on June 12, at his home in Columbia, SC.

Ed was born on March 1, 1946 in New Haven, CT. to Edwin T. Cornelius, Jr., and Mary Louise Morrow. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology and was honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the TCU ROTC program. He was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army’s Medical Service Corps and served as a Research Psychologist.

Following his tour of duty, he became an Associate Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University. He was later recruited by the University of South Carolina’s Graduate School of Business as a Professor of Industrial Psychology. Subsequently, he became an entrepreneur and founded Cornelius & Associates, a successful training and consulting company, and Collegiate Project Services, earning an international reputation in his field.

Ed is survived by his wife of 14 years, Tammy Cornelius; brothers, John Cornelius and wife, June Cornelius of Lexington, S.C., Mike Prescott and wife, Jamie Prescott of Ft. Worth, Tex., Ted Prescott and wife, Jeri Prescott of Ft. Worth, Tex.; daughters, Laura Mattocks of Columbia, S.C, Leigh Anne Wright and husband, Brian Wright of Charlotte, N.C., Emily Louis and husband, Justin Louis of Charlotte, N.C., Jaime Beidas of Columbia, S.C.; and seven grandchildren, and four-legged "daughter" Carlie, who took her job partner seriously." Few people are aware of his quiet charitable work. He helped people without reservation whenever he saw a need or came across someone in a disadvantaged situation. He was a positive influence upon everyone he came in contact with, and he made a difference in the lives of others.

Anyone who really knew him, will tell you he embodied 1st John, 4:7-8, “…and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God…” He may have disagreed, not wanting any attention for doing what came natural to him.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 10:30 a.m., June 18, 2020 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel. Military Honors and Inurnment will follow the service in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Special heartfelt thanks are extended to all the wonderful neighbors, Ed’s long-time physician, Dr. Achu Mofor, Prisma Home Health and Hospice, the VA, and all loving family members who selflessly gave their time and tireless support throughout Ed’s extended illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made online with the Alzheimer’s Association, or to other organizations that support Alzheimer research in Ed’s honor.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

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  • Military Honors and Burial

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

Memories

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Justin Louis

June 22, 2020

There have been so many worthy words written and spoken about Ed that I feel I know him now better than ever. I won't attempt to add too much, I'll simply share what I've always told Emily, that I wish I could have had more time and gotten to know Ed better. What was specifically special to me about him, was the way he immediately accepted me into the family, wanted to get to know me as a person, and gave me love from the start. 

I still wish I had more time, but now I feel like I know him better than ever before. 


Arthur Herbert

June 18, 2020

I always looked forward to being around Ed. He would travel to Tennessee to check on things or Ed would bring his resources to Columbia to brainstorm and learn. Ed's positive attitude and forward looking vision always inspired me. A consummate professional with a twist of fun with team building. Even today in my current position when I run into big hills to climb, I think "what would Ed do?" A true scholar and a gentleman with a warm touch that saw the best in everyone.

Emory Moore

June 18, 2020

Ed has been like a 4th brother to me. He supported me in everything I did, both professionally and personally. He will be missed, but his legacy will live through all of us who knew him.

Mark McCatty

June 17, 2020

I will always value the time I was able to spend with Ed. I will remember with fondness the way that he would encourage people around him to be their best self.
Ed provided me the opportunity to transition my career from managing people for the sake of production. He provided me the chance to help business managers become better at leading people with inspiration. I so looked forward to the C&A company meetings where all the C&A associates would gather together. Ed would re-share his vision for a truely intrinsically motivated workplace. He wanted us to experience that kind of workplace [at C&A]. And he wanted his consultants to help other leaders create that high-involvment workplace in their own businesses.
Ed created a wonderful learning environment at C&A. And brought people together that will forever have an impact on me.
I especially enjoyed my private time with Ed when he would encourage me to play the piano for him. It was such fun. Ed will be missed...admired...and loved.
With the greatest respect,
Mark McCatty
Attached is a picture of Ed and his brother John at the piano.

Brian Wakeland

June 17, 2020

To the family, our love and condolences on Ed's passing. Ed was such a wonderful friend, family man, and husband. We enjoyed his presence on our family visits and we too will dearly miss him.
Jesus has taken Ed to God's heavenly gate and assured that Ed was allowed in and God will assure he will now be pain free and living life to it's fullest in heaven ... Brian & Denise...

Rebecca Gonzalez

June 17, 2020

Ed was very special to me and my family. Of all the individuals whom I have reported to during my career, none approximated Ed in his generous spirit and willingness to listen and remain non-judgmental.

I was fortunate to witness his character on display in so many occasions. It was refreshing to see a person with a grand mind and successful business treat people with respect and dignity. Where others would have allowed fortune and achievement to obscure their values, Ed was anchored in respecting humanity in the workplace and society as a whole.

Farewell, Ed. It was a good time. And, thank you.

May the family find solace that Ed was a beautiful gift who traveled this world and touched many people.

Rebecca Gonzalez

Liz Grice

June 16, 2020

Ed definitely had a positive influence on me, even as a young child. He was a genuinely kind, loving, positive, generous person. I’ll always be grateful for the impact of his kindness on my family. He provided my mom with a great job at Cornelius and Associates for 25 years. He took me to Disney World when I was 12 years old with his daughter (my first cousin, Emily). It was so much fun, and I can remember the details to this day. It seems that Ed was liked and loved by all people he knew. He was very intelligent, fair, open minded, and unifying. The world was a better place because of his positive influence on others. And to me, that’s what success is truly about.

Jamie Beidas

June 16, 2020

Words cannot express how grateful I am that our lives crossed paths 15 years ago. You were a beloved husband to my mother (Tammy) and a beloved step-father to me. You brought so much joy to our lives. You were my inspiration, mentor, and you taught me so many wonderful things about life. You not only touched my heart, but you touched the hearts of so many others.

I will forever cherish all of our memories, laughs, and our love for Gamecock and Panthers football. You were an incredible person who will be missed dearly. Until we meet again, I will love you forever, Edwin.

Love,
Jamie

Bruce Meglino

June 16, 2020

Ed and I were close friends when he was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina. Ed was a consummate scholar who could apply his knowledge to practical problems. He was also eager to help colleagues like myself. I will sorely miss his engaging personality and wonderful sense of humor. My condolences to Ed's family. Rest in peace.

VIcki Williamson

June 16, 2020

The day that Tammy took Ed to see President Trump deplane from Air Force 1 was so precious. I dropped by after the event, and Ed was beaming to have seen "the boss." He was glowing with happiness and full of smiles.

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