Funeral Time: Saturday, December 4th at 12:00PM
Johnny Charles Cornett passed away November 18th, 2021 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, at the Bradford Square Nursing Home in Frankfort, KY. Born in Perry Co., KY on September 21st, 1943 to Harry Vernon Cornett and Leila Mae Engle, both of who predeceased him. He was a graduate of Hazard High School and then entered the University of Kentucky and graduated earning a BA in 1965. Upon earning his CPA he moved to Louisville serving 10 Years with the Internal Revenue Service. Forever longing for his mountain roots, in July 1978 he ventured with his family to Pikeville, KY. Working as a CPA for Linton & Company, CPA’s for 11 years. In October 1989, he and his fellow CPA , business partner and friend, Don Wallen, pulled out from the company to form their own accounting firm in Pikeville called Wallen & Cornett, PSC, CPA’s (now known as Wallen, Puckett & Anderson, CPA’s). With dedication, hard work, sweat equity and many, many hours working tirelessly for their clients, Johnny and Don purchased and remodeled the old Pepsi plant on Hambley Boulevard to expand their business then on to become one of the most successful and well known accounting firms in Eastern Kentucky. Johnny loved his clients and his staff as he did his own family and gave only his best for many years to his beloved Mountain people, (a few flat landers too.)
Enjoying his retirement in Lexington, KY, Johnny spent many sun (or rain) filled days playing golf with his friends at Spring Valley, then on to the club to spin his long interesting stories that he so loved to share. He was forever the gentleman, kind, compassionate, caring, full of life and energy that filled any room. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, Daughter, Stephanie Dozier of West Palm Beach, FL, Step-Daughter, Alexandria Edwards of Lexington, KY, Brother, Paul V. Baker (Phyllis) of Lexington, KY, Step-Brother, William “Bill” Engle, III (Donna), Hazard, KY, The love of his life and apple of his eye, Granddaughter, Ava Li Dawn Cornett of Lexington, KY. He is predeceased by his son, Patrick Hunter Cornett, and step-brother, Mark Ray Engle.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kerr Brother’s Funeral Home located at 3421 Harrodsburg Rd. Lexington, KY. Visitation is Saturday, December 4th from 10AM – 12 then the memorial service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations made to Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchman’s Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205, or to the Lexington Humane Society.