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Joseph Robert Kent Kornegay


Joseph Robert Kent Kornegay

Joseph Kornegay, 71, of Houston died Monday, May 30 at his home with his family at his side.

A Memorial service was held on June 16 at Big Lake Baptist Church in Houston, with full military honors provided by the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson honor detail.

Joe was born January 15, 1940 in Crestview, Florida to Joseph Alexander and Lola Mae (Kent) Kornegay.

He moved to Alaska in 1971 and lived in Anchorage, Chugiak, and Houston, where he lived with his wife, Madeline. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 1978.

He worked for K. C. Corporation and other construction companies before opening his own construction company, Kortec Drafting and later Kornegay's Construction.

"He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather; he would have celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary this year with Madeline. Joe had a great sense of humor, an amazing spirit and a huge heart that could not be diminished by his illness. He had a special gift for making friends and acquaintances feel like family. One of his greatest achievements in life was to pass this gift onto both of his children Dawn and Kent and they in turn passed this gift to their families. His attitude towards life has inspired many who knew him to strive to be better people. His passing leaves a tremendous ache in the hearts of his family and friends; but we find comfort in the fact he has found his place with the Lord, and that he will continue to watch over and guide us from his place in heaven. He will be missed beyond words," his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Madeline Kornegay of Houston; daughter, Dawn and son-in-law Rodney Kinney of Eagle River; and son Kent and daughter-in-law Debbie Kornegay of Anchorage; grandchildren, Justin, Ashley, Lynn, Jared Kinney of Eagle River, and Kaeli and Colby Farrar and Kyle Kornegay Anchorage; great granddaughter Braelynn Eagle River, and nephew Scott Hazelrig of Alabama and the Kinney, Kron, Holzer and Jones families of Anchorage and Eagle River.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Steven Floerchinger, Dr Richard Chung and Katmai Oncology clinic for their care and support to Joe and his family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Kornegay Memorial Fund C/O Wells Fargo Bank Eagle River branch Acct# 1330221183 which will help support the Big Lake Baptist church Laverne Griffin Youth Camp and the Chugiak Football and Dimond Baseball clubs.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, June 23, 2011.