OBITUARY

O. Ray Cornelius

November 25, 1953December 6, 2015
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O. Ray Cornelius passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana doing what he loved: taking care of his family. Ray earned his bachelor’s and JD from the University of Arkansas in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He began his career just a few doors down from Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton. Ray moved to New Orleans to work with Foley & Judell Law, L.L.P. He finished his career as a partner and public finance team leader with Adams and Reese LLP. Some of his accomplishments include being a member of the Arkansas and Louisiana State Bars, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers, serving as the president of the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, and being named in numerous top-lawyer listings in publications including City Business, Lawyer Monthly, Louisiana Super Lawyers and Money Makers. He spent his free time coaching his children and providing support and comfort to his family. Ray was a devoted fan to his Arkansas Razorbacks. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gloria Jane Brumfield Cornelius; daughter, Emily Jane Cornelius; sons, Brian Ray Cornelius and Timothy Jordan Cornelius; nieces, Christy, Celyna, and Celeste; as well as his nephew, Garrett; and numerous other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Imogene and Bert Lee Cornelius; and sisters Glenda, Berta, and Paula. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a funeral service at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124 on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Metairie Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday until service time. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Kids’ City Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ or Carrollton Boosters.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 11, 2015
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 11, 2015

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Wendy Benscoter

December 15, 2015

Ray Cornelius was a fine Southern gentleman, always ready to be a resource to others, and such a tremendous gift to Louisiana. He will be greatly missed.

Mike Stratis

December 14, 2015

To Rays Family. My colleagues and I represent Costco Wholesale and worked with Ray who was at the time representing the City of New Orleans. In our business, it is not uncommon for us to enjoy on a personal level the "party opponents", Sellers and individuals on the other side of our table. However, Ray was uniquely warm and friendly....and, someone we all liked tremendously and respected professionally. At some level, we all wished he was "our guy". He was "can do" and always looking for the position that made everyone feel like a winner. Our regrets. Mike Stratis

Nancy and Michael Wohl

December 14, 2015

Gloria, So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Our thoughts are with you.

John Kennedy

December 13, 2015

I am so sorry about Ray's passing. He gave so much to Louisiana.

Liz McCain

December 11, 2015

I have worked with Ray for many, many years and what I remember most is that he always had a to solution to every problem, a willingness to help and a smile on his face.

He will be missed by many.

David Conner

December 11, 2015

Gloria, this is David Conner, we met on the trip to Panama last year. I remember our time fondly. Ray recently took me under his wing to teach me new ways to do business in our area. He did it because he wanted to which says a lot about your man. I always thought of him as a man in his own league. I offer prayers and condolences for your family. David

December 11, 2015

Gloria, Emily, Brian & Timothy,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Sincerely,
David & Peggy (Jackson) Rackley,

Susie Teague

December 11, 2015

Gloria and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I have so many cherished memories of when we were all neighbors (family) on 62 West. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your children during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. Love, Susie and Dee

Steve Windham

December 10, 2015

My heart and prayers are with the Cornelius family during this time of mourning. I will truly miss my friend and will think of him every time I watch the razorbacks play.

May God be with you.

Rick Ward

December 10, 2015

So many lasting memories of Ray. What an endearing, bright, professional, and sharing gentleman! Ray was a true statesman in economic development. It was such a privilege knowing him.

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