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Cornelious Fortner III

June 10, 1969 ~ January 27, 2020 (age 50)

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Cornelious Fortner III, also known as  “Jr”, was born into the world on June 10, 1969 to Haydenia Jenkins and Cornelious Fortner II.

On Monday January 27, 2020 at the age of 50, Cornelious passed away in Smyra, GA

Cornelious graduated from Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville NC, where he enjoyed playing basketball.

After graduation from high school, he joined the United States Army in 1989. After leaving the army he worked as a

forklift driver, truck driver, delivery driver, and held various managerial positions. Cornelious also held two

Associated Degrees; one in Business Management and the other in Computer Science.

Cornelious accepted Jesus Christ in 2001 he was baptized at Alpha & Omega Church under the leadership of Pastor

McGee. Cornelious was loved and admired by his family and friends. He enjoyed life to the fullest.

Cornelious was a hard worker and a proud man. He also loved his family and his dog Roscoe. Cornelious loved

skating, weight lifting, cooking, listening to music, walking his dog Roscoe, and spending time with friends and


To cherish his memory, Cornelious leaves behind his mother Haydenia M. Jenkins, one brother Lorenzo Jerome

Fortner (Tawanna), one sister Rachella Thompson-Brown (Leroi), one daughter Isis Fortner, two sons Kuriakis

Brown and Isaiah Hayes, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by; grandfather Cornelious Fortner, grandfather Hayden J. Moore, father Cornelious

Fortner II, grandmother Bessie Mae McFarland, aunt Elizabeth Davis-Cobb, sister Lynette McComb, and uncle William”Billy” Moore.

A Celebration of Life will commence at 11'am, Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church 1310 N. 6th Street, Champaign. Visitation will begin at 10'am until the start of the service.  Eulogist  Rev. Rickey E. Parks. Leek & Sons Funeral Home-Urbana, in charge of arrangements.


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February 8, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
1310 N. 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820

American Legion Service
February 8, 2020

11:00 AM
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
1310 N. 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820

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