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Seaver-Brown Chapel
Wednesday June 1st, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Seaver-Brown Chapel
Wednesday June 1st, 2022

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Rose Lawn Cemetery
Thursday June 2nd, 2022

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Joyce E. Cornette


Joyce Eblen Cornette, age 93, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Va.


Joyce loved life. She loved her family and was proud of her work with the Smyth County School Board as the very organized assistant to the superintendent. Joyce was a long-standing member of the First United Methodist Church and loved to sing in the Joyful Noise Choir. When she wasn’t working or singing, she spent her time reading books, attending the Barter Theater, collecting music boxes, cooking and visiting her family. She especially loved to travel to see Ruby and stay in the cabin. Joyce loved the Bank of Marion trips and had the magnet souvenirs to prove it. She loved being Grandma Joyce and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, Reverend S.N. and Lila Mae Eblen; husband, Burchelle J. Cornette; sisters, Sarah Ann Eblen, Ruby E. Hollingsworth; brothers, J. Paul Eblen, Philip Eblen; and grandson, Clayton Cregger.


She is survived by her step-daughter, Judy Cregger of Marion, Va.; grandchild, Brian Cregger and wife, Brandi of Marion, Va.; great-grandchildren, Isaiah Cregger and Josef Cregger; nieces and nephews, Paul Hollingsworth and wife, April, Lois Hollingsworth, Dr. Samuel Hollingsworth, Sue Sink and husband, Jerry, Steve Eblen and John Eblen; and several beloved great nieces and nephews


The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 5 until  7 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 7 p.m. with Reverend Dr. James Bennington officiating. Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 11a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Marion, Va.


The family is thankful for the care and friendship during her stay at English Meadows in Abingdon, Va.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joyce’s honor, to the Smyth County Library, 118 S. Sheffey Street, Marion, VA 24354.  


To share memories of Joyce E. Cornette, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Joyce’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.



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I worked with her the 14 years i was on the school board. She was a true professional and good at her job .

Phillip Hopkins Jun 7 2022 4:40 PM

To Judy, Brian, Brandi, and family, you all are in my prayers and thoughts. Joyce was a lovely lady. I always loved to talk with her at church. Years ago, we were in a group with the Bank of Marion that visited NYC and we all had a great time. I loved seeing Joyce’s smile and hearing her laughter.

Betty Hash May 31 2022 11:24 PM

It was a pleasure being friends with Ms Joyce! Thoughts and prayers for her family!

Linda Blevins May 31 2022 8:55 PM

she was one sweet lady and knew her stuff

Phil Clay hopkins May 31 2022 5:52 PM

One of the sweetest ladies I've ever known. She will definitely be missed in our office.

Cathy Cale May 31 2022 3:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joyce Cornette

Linda, Bimbo and Cory Blevins May 30 2022 11:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joyce Cornette

Dianna Tibbs May 29 2022 7:40 PM

Mary and I were so fortunate to have had Joyce part of our lives. She was one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever known. Thank you for the memories Joyce.

Dick ryan May 29 2022 5:23 PM

Judy & Family, Joyce 's manner was always the same over the many years I was at the voc. school...She was the go-to person, when I had questions...She was also a pleasant lady to talk with..She has been missed at the office & now gone from our community, but never forgotten..with sympathy, mike & teresa...

mike snavely May 29 2022 6:53 AM

Judy and family, so sorry for the loss of Joyce, it’s a loss yo the whole community. I loved Joyce and her smile and laughter, I can see her desk now at office in old school up from courthouse, she had many stacks of papers big if you ask for something she pulled it out if stack , she amazed me . She will be greatly missed

Wanda Owens May 28 2022 8:58 PM

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