James Gold Cornette, 67, of Ocracoke, NC comfortably passed from this world to the next on September 3, 2010, leaving a wake of giggling nurses and healthcare providers shaking their heads. He was the son of Grady and Elaine Cornette, and husband of the incredibly tolerant Rebecca Swanzey Cornette. James grew up in Charlotte, where he was a star baseball player and athlete in high school and college. He was on his way to the major leagues when knee injuries sent him down his other pathway as a teacher. He taught in tough Charlotte City Schools before settling with his young family on Ocracoke, where he and Becky raised their three boys. He completed his 30 year career as a teacher, teaching from one generation through the other at Ocracoke School.
James lived his life by surrounding himself in fun, sarcasm and humor, always first draw with the one liner. He lived to poke fun with, or brighten the moment of anyone having a bad day. A talented closet artist, he painted and drew Patrick and “Spongesquare Bobpants,” creating their new adventures to the delight of his grandkids. James always had a soft spot for anyone in need, and was a champion for the underdog. He was actually seen negotiating Mexican street vendors up on their prices because he thought they needed the additional pesos.
He is preceded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived by his brother Milton (Myrtle) and family of Charlotte, his sons, Jim (Ellen) Cornette of Hampstead, Eric (Katie) of Fountain, and Daniel (Patricia) of Boone. He is missed tremendously by his family, but especially by his grandkids Lisa, Pedro, CJ, Frazer, and great grandkids Spencer and Camden.
His legacy remains within all of the hearts that he touched, as well as the school kids that he worked to start their lives out “Tipper Topper!” A Celebration of James’ life will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 9, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church. There will be a time of Visitation from 2 to 3:00 pm, immediately prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ocracoke School College Fund, P.O. Box 1277 Hampstead, NC 28443.
Twiford Funeral Homes, Island Chapel, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements.Print Obituary & Condolences