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Cornell Earvin Jr.

April 18, 1949 — December 27, 2023


Cornell Earvin Jr., a beloved and charismatic individual, passed away on December 27, 2023. Born on April 18, 1949, in Dallas, Texas, he lived a rich and fulfilling life that touched the hearts of those around him. In obituary, we celebrate the legacy of Cornell and reminisce about his remarkable journey.

Cornell's education began at Lincoln High School, where he laid the foundation for his future endeavors. Later, he pursued higher education at Dallas College El Centro Campus, equipping himself with knowledge and skills that would prove invaluable throughout his life.

Cornell's charming and suave personality endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His presence was felt as a servant in Narcotics Anonymous . He possessed an inherent friendliness and an outgoing nature that drew people towards him. It was impossible to encounter Cornell without being captivated by his infectious spirit.

His love for music was undeniable. One of his fondest memories was listening to "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke—a song that resonated deeply with his soul. This particular melody carried with it a message of hope and perseverance that Cornell cherished dearly.

In addition to music, Cornell found solace in various hobbies and interests. He took delight in listening to the enchanting voice of Gladys Knight and presented her roses in both encounters. Moreover, Cornell found tranquility in fishing—an activity that allowed him to connect with nature and momentarily escape the burdens of daily life. His green thumb shone through his passion for lawn care—a testament to his nurturing and meticulous nature.

Cornell also honorably served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. Reenlisting in 1970 demonstrated his unwavering commitment to safeguarding his country's freedom. For his bravery and dedication, Cornell was awarded the title of Vietnam Veteran—an accolade that symbolizes his selfless sacrifice and unwavering loyalty.

Family was of paramount importance to Cornell. He was born to Cornell Earvin Sr. and Lovie Lee Earvin, and they provided him with a foundation of love and support. Alongside his brother, Morris Howard Earvin, and sisters; Ethel Moore, Willie Helen Morris, and Vickie Smith, Cornell experienced the joys and challenges that come with siblinghood.

His passing leaves behind a void that can never be filled. However, his memory will be cherished forever by his surviving family members and close friends. Among those who mourn Cornell's departure are his sisters, Willie Helen Morris and Vickie Smith, Debra Booker, Lois Dade and brother Edward Earvin . Their bond with Cornell was unbreakable, built on a foundation of unconditional love that brought them closer together.

Cornell's legacy lives on through his children—Tarra Earvin, Ieshia Darrough, Draper Earvin, and Cornell Darrough. As a father, he nurtured them with tenderness and imparted cherished life lessons that they will carry with them for generations to come. His love extended beyond his children to include his 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren—an expansive testament to the profound impact he had on future generations of the Earvin family.

As we bid farewell to our dear friend, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and Marine veteran, let us remember Cornell as an embodiment of warmth, joy, and compassion. His love for music uplifted spirits; his outgoing nature brightened rooms; his dedication to family inspired unity; and his service in the Marines displayed unwavering courage.

Cornell Earvin Jr.'s departure leaves behind a void in the hearts of those who loved him but also serves as a reminder to cherish each moment we have together. May his soul find eternal peace as we continue to celebrate the remarkable life he lived—a life that touched the lives of countless others.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial for Cornell Earvin Jr.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

Golden Gate Funeral Home-Dallas

4155 S R. L. Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75224

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