James C. Cornelius, 74, of Royse City passed away Oct. 6, 2011. He was born July 3, 1937, in Royse City to Raymond and Ann L. (Baley) Cornelius. James was a proud member of the National Guard and served with the Tri County Honor Guard of Royse City.
He graduated from Royse City High School in 1955 and went on to Navarro Jr. College before getting his BS at University of North Texas where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. After working in the music industry for several years, he completed his master’s degree at Pepperdine College at Dana Point, Calif. For more than 10 years he served as VP Finance Warner Bros. Music. When he and Annie married in 1989, they moved to Royse City and opened a Bed and Breakfast. He also taught business at Eastfield College and the Art Institute of Dallas. When he went on his own, after Warner Bros., he did administrative work for Snuff Garrett and others until Aug. 1, 2010, when he effectively retired. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, James was eager to find a cure, and joined a research study on a new drug.
The Alzheimer’s Association is very important to him. James is survived by his wife, Ann (McCollough) Cornelius of Royse City; daughter Leanne Sandoval and husband Michael of Los Angeles, Calif.; stepchildren Vonya and Matt Harting of Owasso, Okla., Randall Czumaj of Fate and Julia and Tommy Romine of Sapulpa, Okla.; brothers Derrell Cornelius and wife Linda and Ray Mel Cornelius and wife Becky; granddaughter Lauren Sandoval; stepgrandchildren Ashley and Michael Henry, Matthew and Brooke Harting, Monte, Keith and Kody Czumaj, Trey and Lorann Gee and Seth Thomas Romine; stepgreat-grandson Colton Henry; and nephews Steve and Derek Cornelius.A memorial service was held at 4:30 p.m., Oct. 8, 2011, at Rest Haven Funeral Home–Rockwall Chapel with Pastor George McCain officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 4144 N. Central Expy., Ste. 750, Dallas, Texas 75204 or the Friends of the Royse City Museum. Visit and sign a guest book at www.roysecityheraldbanner.com.
Published on  October 17, 2011