The notice was posted on the bulletin board at the Ocracoke Community Store. This paragraph stood out:
"Per his request, this will be a black tie event. Shoes are optional."
It was just like Jim. Even his funeral service would be a celebration of his wit and humor. Jim taught school for many years at Ocracoke, and was one of the most beloved and respected teachers.
As his obituary put it, "Mr. Cornette, 67, of Ocracoke, NC comfortably passed from this world to the next on September 3, 2010, leaving a wake of giggling nurses and healthcare providers shaking their heads....James lived his life by surrounding himself in fun, sarcasm and humor, always first draw with the one liner. He lived to poke fun with, or brighten the moment of anyone having a bad day."
A Celebration of James' life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church. There will be a time of Visitation from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., immediately prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ocracoke School College Fund, P.O. Box 1277, Hampstead, NC 28443.