Mary Helen Cornelison – The Troy Messenger
Mary Helen Cornelison, 77, from Morganton died on Saturday September 25, 2021. Born in Troy, AL on May 10, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Ewell Berry and Minnie Grimsley Berry. Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Mary Helen has served on the Big Brothers / Big Sisters board of directors, worked for Benjamin’s and Libba’s, and started her own design company, MHC Interiors. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading. She was devoted to her family and friends, and she always put others before her. Mary Helen exercised and took advantage of all the benefits of the Phifer Wellness Center.
Mary Helen is survived by her husband of 57 years, James “Jim” Cornelison; daughter, Christie Cornelison-Jones (Rodney); son, James Wes Cornelison (Meghan); and grandchildren, James “Mitchell” Jones, Grayson Cornelison and Jacob Cornelison.
In addition to her parents, Mary Helen was predeceased by a brother, Ewell Berry, Jr .; and a sister, Brenda Berry Faulk.
The incarceration service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the columbarium of the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Dana McKim as officiant. The service will also be broadcast on the Facebook page of the First United Methodist Church in Morganton. The family will welcome friends after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church or Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Burke County.
Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center assists the family in the process.