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Cornell Marice Fowlkes of North Chesterfield, Virginia, beloved by many, went to be with His Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 23, 2022. He died in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving wife, Darlene Fowlkes and his caregiver, Rose Hayes. Cornell was born January 30, 1953 in Crewe, Virginia to his parents, Marion Person and the late Percy Fowlkes, Sr. His large family is very close and loving. He was preceded in death by his father, his brothers, Percy Fowlkes, Jr., Forrest Fowlkes, and his favorite uncle,“Uncle Butchet”.
As a child and a young adult, Cornell called Crewe, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland his home. He received his high school diploma from Edmundson High School in Baltimore, Maryland and began his trade as a licensed electrician. In 1974, he married Earlene. From this union, Cornell gained a stepson, Christopher and together with Earlene, Constance “Connie”. Later, they relocated to Richmond, VA and had two more daughters, Tertia and Adrianne. Cornell continued in his craft as an electrician and worked in the trucking industry.
Cornell was always known to be a hard worker helping anyone at any anytime. Cornell had an entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic heart. As an accomplished electrician, he was employed with Wells Fargo and later was self-employed as an electrician for 30 years. He also owned and operated his own trucking company, Fowlkes Trucking, with his daughter Connie by his side.
Twenty-six years ago, Cornell gave his life to Christ at Faith Family Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia where he devoted his time, talent, as an expression of his love for God. Cornell would say that Jesus had made a change in him. He was grateful for his new life. His favorite expression was, “The Lord reigns”. He loved the Lord and served the ministry in many capacities. Cornell was a member of the choir, beautification committee, men’s ministry, transportation services, and served as armor bearer and maintenance specialist. He loved when his “brothers and sisters in Christ” called for his help. He was always willing to serve. His love for God was evident by the change in his life and how he lived his life for God.
In 2007, Cornell married Darlene. Through this union, he gained one stepdaughter Shadae and three stepsons, Nicholas, Brandon, and Jonathan. After working in various fields, Cornell returned to the trucking industry making residential and commercial deliveries, another business he operated for twelve years. He convinced his wife, Darlene, to obtain their CDL CLASS A license. Cornell and Darlene began working together at Penske trucks, a place he loved and where he ended his working career after three years due to illness.
He enjoyed church outings, fishing, hunting, cooking, gardening, swimming, watching westerns and the UFC with Darlene. He was a jack of all trades. He loved helping his neighbors, family, and friends in any way that he could.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Fowlkes of North Chesterfield, VA, daughters, Constance Moseley (Johnell) of Chesterfield, VA, Tertia Fowlkes of Richmond, VA, Adrianne Robertson of Indianapolis, Indiana, step-son, Christopher Robertson of Baltimore, MD, stepdaughter, Shadae Saunders of Brooklyn, NY, stepsons, Nicholas Morales of Richmond, VA, Brandon Morales of North Chesterfield, VA, and Jonathan Morales of North Chesterfield, VA, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren, former wife, Earlene Fowlkes of Chesterfield, VA, his mother, Marion Person of Crewe, VA, siblings, Jerry Fowlkes (Ann) of Philadelphia, PA, Kenneth Fowlkes (Faye) of Baltimore, MD, Rodney Fowlkes (Arketa) of Palm Beach, FL, Brenda Johnson (Kilroy) of Crewe, VA, Cindy Parotti (Craig) of Raleigh, NC, and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Viewing Saturday, December 31, 2022 from 3:30 to 5:30PM
Funeral Sercicxe Monday, January 2, 2022 at 11:00AM at W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home, Blackstone. Interment Fowlkes Cemetery, Crewe.
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