Chris Anthony Cornwell

August 15, 2020

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Mr. Chris Anthony Cornwell, known to his family and friends as Mohammad completed his earthly assignment on Saturday, August, 15, 2020 at CMC Main in Charlotte, NC. Chris was the son of  Hattie Mae Cornwell and John Darby Sr. (Ella Mae). Chris was also known to family and friends as " Rick James", "Muhamad", "Easy" and "Mr. Purple Rain".  

Mohammad spent the majority of his childhood in Buffalo, NY graduating from Seneca Vocational High School. After completing high school, he advanced his welding skills by enrolling in the Job Corps of America. Upon completion of becoming a certified Welder, Mohammad returned to Chester, SC. Upon his death, he was employed by James T. Tripplett of Shugart Manufacturing Company since 2010. He took tremendous pride in his work and had an unmatched work ethic, primarily due to his love of saving money. He was the shrewdest businessman alive, yet he possessed a heart of gold for giving.

Now, know that Mohammad valued his family and his friends above all else and if he blessed you with a nickname that you knew of, rest assured that he loved you dearly. He was completely outspoken, oftentimes to his family’s dismay; however, Mohammad made sure we always “Listened to Him”. His favorite pastimes included fishing, having all of his family and friends at his home simply listening to music, shooting pool, and telling his family and friends how to live their life. He will be most remembered for his political unawareness and great argumentative nature. In addition, he loved science and technology to the point of being an organ donor so that he can live on for years to come. During the week, after work, he was always exercising before his faithful happy hour of Bud Light or most recently, Michelob Light.  One thing that Mohammad wanted everyone to know was that he wanted to always ensure that everyone was comfortable being themselves around him and he absolutely despised drama.

Chris was preceded in death by three brothers; Austin Cornwell Sr., Rev. John A. Darby, and Paul A. Darby and one sister, Thelma Darby.

Muhammad leaves to cherish loving memories to two brothers, Harold G. Cornwell (Elizabeth) of Chester, SC and Arthur Darby of York, SC; four sisters, Ethel Franklin and Hilda Cornwell of Buffalo, NY, Anna C Wesley and Lois M Cornwell of Chester, SC. Two nephews and a niece reared in the home, SFC Prather M Cornwell Sr. of Yorktown, VA; PFC Tyreek D Spears of Anchorage, AK and LaRia A Cornwell of Charlotte, NC. Three sister in laws Mabel Darby, Lisa Darby, and Mozell Darby and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Special friend Deloris Brace.

Muhammad will be fondly remembered by his too live crew: Johnny Mack “Tarzan” Price, Grady “Shady” Robinson, Jermaine Davie, Gloria Crank,  Percelia King, Barbara Ann Price, James Holden, Missy McClinton, Jackie Campbell, Gloria Lane, Scottie Sanders, and Acquilla Gbunblee.

Ending this as only he would, Mohammad wants everyone to remember and know that “ I hate when a *blank*-*blank* try to tell me about me. Mohammad out”

Note: Celebration of life will be Friday, August 21, 2020 from 1:30pm- until; please dress casually and bring a chair if you wish. Social distancing and face coverings will be enforced and it will be held at the home 519 York Terrace in Chester, SC. 

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August 20, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Chris King Memorial Chapel
121 Mobley Street
Chester, SC 29706

August 21, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Chris King Memorial Chapel
121 Mobley Street
Chester, SC 29706

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