Frank Howard Cornell

July 11, 1938June 25, 2020

Frank H. Cornell went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, June 25, 2020. He was born to Harry and Thelma Cornell on July 11, 1938, in Toms River, New Jersey.

Frank graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1960 and then went on to serve his country as a captain in the United States Army. He met the love of his life, Frances (Fran) Spratlin, while stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. They soon married and raised four daughters. Frank was a faithful lifetime member of State Street Baptist Church and deacon emeritus. He retired from Lowes and was well respected as a man of integrity, generosity, and humor. Frank served and loved his family, friends, and community well. He will be deeply missed by all.

Frank is survived by his wife, Fran, four daughters, Angie Provence (Andrew), Fayetteville, Georgia, Vanessa Flores, Cayce, SC, Vicki Drakeford (Dickie), Chapin, SC, Julie Woodruff (Darrell), West Columbia, SC; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He's also survived by two sisters, Thelma Spain, Des Plaines, Illinois, and Alice Brown, Willingboro, New Jersey. Frank lived a selfless life to the end and has donated his body to USC School of Medicine.

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday August 1, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Social distancing protocols will be followed and masks are required.

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


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Vanessa Flores

July 24, 2020

I just miss you so terribly terribly terribly... bad my Papasita😢. There are no words to adequately describe our heartbreak. How do we live life without you????
What is for sure is that you have always been an incredible and loving dad. This earthly world has certainly lost one of the GREATEST men I have ever in my life known. You dance in Heaven my so beloved Papasita and save the Princess and your 4 Fruits a spot right beside you👩‍❤️‍👨👯‍♀️👯‍♂️. I Love and miss you so much. 😘
Your Golden Kumquat


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