Pat Cornelius

April 27, 1946July 9, 2018
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Patricia Looney Cornelius, 72, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away July 9, 2018. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Willie and Clela Looney on April 27, 1946.

Always amazing, Pat enjoyed many careers including Interior Design, Real Estate, Auto Sales, Painter, Gardener, Thoroughbred Racehorse Owner and Boutique Owner.

Pat’s vibrancy and energy continue to be a beacon to her family. She is survived by Tom Cornelius of Hot Springs whom she married on January 23, 1965. To him she was “Pattie” and always “pretty as a picture.” They had more than 53 years of love, family, and adventure. Together they enjoyed traveling and hiking with their Ouachita Mountain Hiker friends.

However, their biggest adventure was their family which includes her daughters Shann Cornelius (Joe) Lawson of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Leslee Cornelius (Andy) Ray of Collierville, Tennessee; her grandchildren Tommy (Cody) Ray, Michael (Kendra) Kennedy, Drew (Ashley) Ray, Samantha Kennedy, and Jacob Kennedy; great-grandchild Layne Ray; her sisters Carol Thompson of Somerville, South Carolina, Kay (Jim) Winchester of Rossville, Tennesse, and Carla (Tim) Armour of Charlotte, North Carolina; and her brother Bill (Belynda) Looney of Lexington, Tennessee.

She loved reading, painting, and shopping excursions, but her heart was fullest when she had the lake house full of grandchildren. Being “Grandee” was the sweetest adventure of all.

A Visitation and Memorial Service will be held at Collierville Funeral Home in Collierville Tennessee on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

The family will receive visitors beginning at noon and the memorial service will begin at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The online obituary, guestbook and memorial tribute are available at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

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July 15, 2018

I have made a lot of memories in my life, but none Ican think of that make me laugh out loud.thank you PAT FOR ALL THE MEMORIES......Iam sooooo sad right now, I am going to come to the realization I CAN'T TALK TO HER EVER AGAIN. Even though, I know in my heart she had to think of me with a little smile....I can hear Tommy laughing now, as the little old man and his little ole
wife left for the bar.Its a long story.Two of the sweetest daughters one could ever meet. I am sorry for your loss,oddly enough I feel as if I lost a family member.Jeff and I will keep you in our prayers.

Cheryl Hooper

July 15, 2018

Pat is my cousin, shared many, many fun times with her Carla. I am so sorry for this loss of a truly beautiful soul.

Rosita La

July 15, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss . May the family have the comfort that will help with the pains that comes with grief . There is comfort in reading the peaceful words at Acts 24:15 and Isaiah 25:8.

Irma L

July 14, 2018

I would like to extend my condolence to help provide comfort . It is very difficult to lose a love one . Please be assured that there is a Grand Promise that God gave to your love
one to help provide comfort to your grieving hearts . This Promise is in the Caring and Loving Words at Acts 25:15 and John 11:25.

Beth Carpenter

July 14, 2018

Pat has always been so FULL- of life, humor, and creativity. I remember her best for her love of her family. Always completely enamored with her daughters, and grandchildren , and the love of her life, Tommy; she also had plenty of love to share with her extended family, of which I am honored to be a part of. She was always so kind and generous to me and my children. I will always remember the times, sitting on the floor with her and laughing over crafting projects gone awry. My heart goes out to Tommy, Shann, and Leslee, and all of their families, as well as her dear sisters and brother. You are in my prayers.

Marti (Strong) Dowdy

July 11, 2018

I have fond memories of Pat and appreciate so much that she was open to having kids running around her house. I recall her being very fashionable, pretty and fun. She took Leslie and I to Steak n Ale once and it was the nicest restaurant I had ever been in; it was real treat! Pat was fun to just “hang out” with and she had a way of making kids feel like we were her special gal pals.

Our hearts go out to each of you. We love you and wish you comfort and peace!

The Strong’s (Marti, Kathy, Terri, Bill, and Rhett)