William Eugene ‘Gene’ Cornatzer

Published 10:41 am Friday, August 16, 2019

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Mr. William Eugene “Gene” Cornatzer, 83, of Springhill Drive, Mocksville, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the NC State Veterans Home in Salisbury.

He was born in Davie County on April 6, 1936, to the late V.O. and Ollie Mae Melton Cornatzer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He retired from Ingersoll Rand after 28 years.

He was also preceded in death by: 2 sons, Rick Cornatzer and an infant, Gary; and 2 brothers, Donald and Jackie Cornatzer.

Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Jean Jordan Cornatzer of the home; 2 sons, Jeff Cornatzer and wife Carol Ann of Waxhaw and Brian Cornatzer of Fort Mill, S.C.; 8 grandchildren, Matthew, Sage, Anna, Cameron, Rachel, Jacob, Jason and Amber Cornatzer; a great-granddaughter, Aria; a sister, Peggy Clawson of Clemmons; a brother, Glenn Cornatzer (Kimmy) of Cooleemee; his canine companion, Abby; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at Victory Baptist Church, Cooleemee with the Rev. Shelby Harbour, Brian Cornatzer, Cameron Cornatzer and Paul Rickell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury with military honors conducted by the VFW Memorial Honor Guard and the U.S. Air Force.

Memorials: Victory Baptist, PO Box 686, Cooleemee, or to the Humane Society of Davie, 291 Eaton Road, Mocksville.

Condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.