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“We lost another wonderful person. Served her community and all very well. We miss her. ”
1 of 37 | Posted by: phyllis radford - VA - Friend

“My sweet Mary, I will miss you so much. You always said we were not "sisters-in-laws", but "sisters of the heart". You have taken a piece of my...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: Judy Nipper - Garner, NC - Sister

“What a lovely lady! Kind, caring, loving... she will be greatly missed. She will remain forever in the hearts of many but especially in the hearts...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Linda E. Lumpkin - Tappahannock, VA

“So many good memories of Mary when we worked at Macy...One thing for sure she was a fighter and a beautiful one at that...Seeing Mary out was always...Read More »
4 of 37 | Posted by: Tammie Baker - Pearisburg, VA

“Dear Cornwell Family, I was so sad when I read of Mary's passing in the N&O. We were classmates at Enloe High School in Raleigh. When I remember Mary...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: Teresa LaVoy - Cary, NC

“Mr. Cornwell, Jimmy, and Amanda,I will always remember Mrs. Cornwell as a strong woman of great character. She was great to all of us growing up and...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Brian Ballard - Christiansburg, VA

7 of 37 | Posted by: chris mullins - narrows, VA

“Jim and family,We would like to express to you and your family our sincere condolences in Mary's passing. We both had the good experience of working...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: Patsy and Curtis Coulson - VA

“Dear Jim and Family,I was so very sorry to read of Mary's passing. Her smile, care for others, and her inner light will be missed.Sincerely,Mary...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: Mary Biggs - Blacksburg, VA

“To the Cornwall and Nipper family, So sorry to hear of Mary's passing! She IS a beautiful sister in Christ! We have many memories together at Pilot...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: Rebecca Leonard - Knightdale, NC

“I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help the Cornwell family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13 ”
11 of 37 | Posted by: Carla

“Joe and I are deeply saddened to here of Mary's passing. We have known Mary and Jim for the past 28 years. We shared some fun times with them. ...Read More »
12 of 37 | Posted by: Joe and Tammy Emerson - VA

“Dear Jim and family. I'm so sorry to hear of Mary's death. My heart hurts for you. With heartfelt sympathy. Kathy ”
13 of 37 | Posted by: Kathy Johnston - Mccoy, VA

“Jim and Amanda, I am so sorry for your loss of your dear, sweet wife and mother. I last saw Mary about five years ago at a Giles County luncheon for...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Marie Martin - Newport, VA

“Jim and family, I am soo saddened for your loss. Mary was such a SPECIAL person. She very kind and loving to all who knew her.I can understand the...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: ANNA LEE FRAZIER - NARROWS, VA

“Jim, very sorry for the loss of your wife. Please know that Mary & I have you & all of your family in our thoughts & prayers. ”
16 of 37 | Posted by: Dan Tanner - LaCrosse, VA

“Jim and family, so sorry for your loss. I hold fond memories of Mary from our growing up years and as dorm mates in college. Sending prayers of...Read More »
17 of 37 | Posted by: Harriet Enzor - Buies Creek, NC

“Mary was a wonderful person, who added spirit to everyone's life. She fought a long battle with grace and left her mark on all people that were...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Phyllis Radford - VA - Friend

“Not only was Mary my neighbor...she was the first one at my door following my mastectomy. She had that very special gift of perking you up even on a...Read More »
19 of 37 | Posted by: Boni Kirk - Narrows, VA

“Jim and Family,Just wanted you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
20 of 37 | Posted by: Katie & Dennie Shockley - VA

“I was blessed to spend time with Mary when my children were at Macy. She was a wonderful person who loved the children she taught. May your many...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Delinds Phillips - Pembroke, VA

“Amanda, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Please know you and your family are in my prayers. Nancy Hearn ”
22 of 37 | Posted by: Nancy Hearn - Dublin, VA

“Such a beautiful person. My prayers with all of Mary's family and friends. She was loved by many. Prayers for comfort for your family during this...Read More »
23 of 37 | Posted by: Donna Holland - Wake Forest, NC

“Jimmy and family............. We were so sorry to read of Mary's passing in the paper this morning. Mary was such a sweet person, always a smile on...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Dale & Lillian George - VA

“My heart is very sad as Mary was very special to me. My prayers are with Jim and all her family. She will be missed ”
25 of 37 | Posted by: Rachel Chappell - Raleigh, NC

“We were so glad to know were a very special person..... The Buckland's ”
26 of 37 | Posted by: Barbara Jo Buckland - Rich Creek, VA

“Andy and I wish to express our sympathy to the Cornwell family. Mary was a friend and neighbor who will be missed by many. May she rest in peace. ”
27 of 37 | Posted by: Anna Metro - Venice, FL - Friend

“Mary was a friend to so many and an encouragement to many, including me. I met Mary during our breast cancer events. A wonderful lady, so kind. She...Read More »
28 of 37 | Posted by: Donna Bratton - Ripplemead, VA

“My Dear Aunt Mary! You were the light and sparkle to so many people. I will forever cherish each and every memory we had. The wonderful visits,...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Meredith Radford - Garner, NC

“So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was a lovely person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ”
30 of 37 | Posted by: Mike and Judy Chappell - TX

“Jim and family, we are so sorry to learn of Mary's passing. She was truly a good friend and a mentor to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
31 of 37 | Posted by: The Johnson - Pearisburg, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Amanda and your family. ”
32 of 37 | Posted by: Angie and Wayne Frye - Radford, VA

“The very first time I met you, I was greeted with that genuine smile of affection...the one that is echoed in Addie's own smile. That smile was on...Read More »
33 of 37 | Posted by: Suzanne Whittaker - Pearisburg, VA

“Mary was a special lady we loved her with all our heart glad we got to come back and see her two years ago we have such wonderful memories of her...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: Richard Denney family Denney - IN

“Thinking of the loving family of Mary.Also remembering many things over our 40 year friendship. Teachers together at Narrows Elementary. Waiting...Read More »
35 of 37 | Posted by: Lynn Miller - Powhatan, VA

“We are so very sorry for your loss.I loved Mary so much.She was such a wanderful lady.Always smiling always happy.As long as I can remember she has...Read More »
36 of 37 | Posted by: Sondra Hobbs - Etna green, IN

“Aunt Mary you were truly one in a million. Always so loving and kind. I will cherish the time we had with you and remember your sweet smile. You will...Read More »
37 of 37 | Posted by: Tracy Stewart - Garner, NC

Mary Ellen Nipper Cornwell, 65 of Narrows, passed away Saturday, July 30th, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 11th, 1951, and was the daughter of the late Joseph Junior (John Henry) Nipper and Dorothy Chappell Nipper. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John Paul Nipper and Joe Russell Nipper.

Mary lived a full and wonderful life. She was a devoted elementary school teacher for nearly 30 years in the Giles County Public School system, and an active member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teachers' sorority. Mary also enjoyed spending time with her fellow retired teachers, even forming a special "lunch bunch." Every student who she taught had a very special place in her heart. She also served on the board of the Giles County Historical Society. She loved to travel with her loving husband of 44 years, Jim, whose legal career she supported.

Left to cherish her wonderful memory and spirit are her husband, James E. Cornwell, Jr. of Narrows; her son, James E. Cornwell, III and wife Lori of Narrows; her daughter, Amanda Hahnlen and husband Patrick of Pearisburg; her three greatest blessings, the grandchildren who called her "Nana," Patrick Mitchell, Savannah (Addie) Hahnlen, and Carter Cornwell; a brother, James W. Nipper and wife Belinda of Garner, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Judy Nipper of Garner, North Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Service; 600 Main Street in Narrows Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 from from 5 to 8 PM. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, August 3rd at 2 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service. A graveside service will follow on Friday, August 5th at 2 PM at the White Marsh United Methodist Church Cemetery; 11040 Mary Ball Road in Lancaster, Virginia.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at