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Originally published: 2013-01-16 16:25:50
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Mary Hollars Cornell

Mrs. Mary Hollars Cornell, 86, of Georges Gap Road, Vilas, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, 2013, at her home. She went to be with her Lord and her beloved husband.

Born March 22, 1926, in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Ellard Grant and Mildred Swift Hollars. Mary was of the Baptist faith, a master gardener. She worked at Shadowline as a seamstress.

She is survived by one son, Ellard James Cornell of Deep Gap; four daughters, Catheryn Hoffman of Butler, Tenn., Shelia Cornell of Vilas, Regina McCall and husband, Jon Barry, of Lake Norman, and Karen McGinnis and husband, Larry, of Vilas; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Marie Malicoat and husband, Donnie, of China Grove; two brothers, Joe Hollars and Tom Hollars both of Valle Crucis.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Herbert S. Cornell; an infant daughter Janet Gaye Cornell; two brothers, Jack Hollars and Murl McCoy "Buck" Hollars; and two sisters, Mamie Moretz and Charlotte Barbee.

Graveside services and burial for Mrs. Mary Hollars Cornell will be conducted 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Old Glenn Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Rector Henson and the Rev. Thomas Brown. Flowers are accepted of memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at

The family will receive friends 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. At other times friends may call at the residence, 537 Georges Gap Road, Vilas.

Online condolences may be shared with the Cornell family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Cornell family.