Cumberland Times-News


June 18, 2014

ESTON G. CORNWELL [Little Orleans]

— LITTLE ORLEANS — Eston Gale Cornwell, 78, of Little Orleans, passed away in his home on Monday, June 16, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Little Orleans on May 15, 1936, he was the son of the late John and Emma (Lowe) Cornwell. Eston was also preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters, Roger Cornwell, George Cornwell, Sarah Clark, John Cornwell, James Cornwell, Lawrence Cornwell, Edith Bryant, Richard Cornwell, and Norma Jean Cornwell.

Eston attended Piney Plains School and was a graduate of Flintstone School. In his early years, Eston worked on the C&O Canal, was a mechanic, and delivered bread for Rice’s Bread in Baltimore. He spent most of his working years as a self-employed drywall contractor. He enjoyed hunting, boating, swimming, shooting pool, and playing checkers. He spent many hours watching old western films over and over again. He was an avid pack rat which means he never got rid of anything. Eston collected old cars, not necessarily classic or valuable ones. He knew everything, or thought he did! Eston could be heard singing “If you go down in the woods today, you’ll be sure of a great surprise. For all of the bears forever there was were gathered there for certain because today is the day the teddy bears have their picnic,” to all of the kids he knew; for he loved his family and his family loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, whom he married June 12, 1954, Violet Yuetta (Dolly) Cornwell; two sisters, June Smith and husband Theodore of Little Orleans, Barbara True of Artemas, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Francis Cornwell and Shirley Cornwell. He also leaves behind two daughters and two sons, Loretta Humbertson and husband George of Oldtown, Eugene Cornwell and wife Vickie of Cumberland, Tony Cornwell and wife Stephanie of Little Orleans, and Crystal Vance and husband Jimmy of Little Orleans. Eston is also survived by seven grandchildren, Billy Bender and Tonya of Little Orleans, Rusty Bender and Julie Zies of Hancock, Eston Bender and Danielle of Oldtown, Jamie Slider and Bobby of Oldtown, Savannah Messersmith and Dalton Vance of Little Orleans, and Josh Wertman and Ashley of Hancock; and eight great-grandchildren Eston, Sunni, Emma, Lincoln, Leland, Austin, Nathan, and Luke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. ( on 108 Virginia Ave. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m.

A memorial service will be on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Charles Shelquist officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Eston’s name to the Lions Club in LaVale.

The family would like to take this time to thank all of our family and friends for their support and prayers during this difficult time.

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