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July 19, 1962 — January 12, 2024

Cordell Cornell, a renowned music artist and producer, passed away on January 12, 2024, at Baylor UMC in Dallas, Texas. He was born on July 19, 1962, in Odessa, Texas. Cordell left an indelible mark on the world through his musical talents and his larger-than-life personality.

From a young age, Cordell showed promise and dedication to his craft. He attended Madison High School and graduated in 1980. It was during his formative years that he discovered his passion for music. Cordell's talent shone brightly as he honed his skills as both an artist and a producer.

Many cherished memories were created with Cordell throughout the years. As young kids, we had the privilege of being in the studio with him while he recorded his music. Though we believed he was oblivious to our mischief of sneaking sips from his Coors Light, deep down, we knew he had that mischievous grin implying otherwise.

Cordell possessed a remarkable sense of humor which endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was straightforward and never minced words; people always knew where they stood with him. His intelligence was undeniable, constantly shining through in both his work and personal life.

A free spirit at heart, Cordell detested any form of ignorance or nonsense. He had no patience for deceit or foolishness; those who engaged in such behavior quickly learned it was not worth their while. Cordell's strength of character made him an inspiration to many; he set an example of standing up for what is right and demanding respect.

Beyond music, Cordell had a few other hobbies that brought him joy. Chess provided him with mental challenges and strategic thinking, while computers allowed him to explore new technologies and expand his creative horizons.

Cordell's proudest accomplishment was undoubtedly his children. He loved them unconditionally and watched with pride as they grew into talented individuals themselves. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Shaqualia Jackson, Shanitha Williams, Cardelia Haynes, Chyanne-Claryce Cornell, and Alani-Aloha Giles, as well as his sons, Quintin Price and Cordale Williams.

Cordell's legacy further extends through his two adored grandchildren, Letisha Williams and Lasteviana Wesley. They were a constant source of joy and inspiration in his life.

 He will be deeply missed by his brothers Paul Cornell and Jimmy Young, sister Patricia Cornell, parents Paul Cornell Sr. and Barbara Cornell, and a host of other relatives and friends whose lives he touched.

Cordell is preceded in death by his nephew Leroy Cornell.

His loss leaves an undeniable void in the hearts of his family and friends.

As we bid farewell to Cordell Cornell, let us remember him for the remarkable artist and producer he was. His music brought solace to countless souls; his spirit uplifted those who were fortunate enough to know him. Cordell's legacy will live on through the memories created together and the impact he made on the world. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that his music will continue to inspire generations to come.

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