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Official Obituary of: Carole J. Cornelison, 75, on September 1, 2021

Carole J. Cornelison, 75, on September 1, 2021

NORTH ATTLEBORO – Carole Jane Cornelison, 75, of South Washington Street passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

Born January 25, 1946 in Dyersburg, TN, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Lillian Mann raised by her adoptive parents Frank and Nadine Jackson. Carole grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and her family was of the utmost importance with her education being a close second.

Carole earned one of her master’s degrees from Cornell in American History/Urban and Regional Planning and a second master’s degree from George Washington University in American History.  She’s received an Honorary doctorate in Engineering Technology from the Wentworth Institute. 

Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to create Cornelison & Associates Consulting in Cincinnati, Ohio and in her spare time no matter where she was, she enjoyed educating others on African American History as an adjunct professor in at University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and Boston University.

Carole was a dedicated public servant. She was the Village Manager of Lincoln Heights, Ohio, Municipal Manager for Woodlawn, Ohio, and the Vice President of Diversity and Social Services, Franciscan Health System. Upon her return to Massachusetts she worked for the Commonwealth as the Deputy Director of Homeowner Services, Neighborhood Housing Development, and functioned as the Superintendent of Bureau of State Office Buildings and finally was appointed the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance. In 2011, Carole and her family moved to North Attleboro, and she became the Division Director for Capital Asset Management and Maintenance for the State of Rhode Island.

Carole loved reading and the beach, particularly the beaches in Rhode Island, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.  Carole loved movies on the Hallmark Chanel and cooking. She was most famously known for her yeast rolls and pies.  She loved bringing people together and entertaining her friends. She was a spiritual person who invested her time in the community as well as each of her family members. Her no nonsense approach to life was complimented by her generosity which was boundless.

She is survived by three children: Jeanne S. Pope and husband Darryl of Cincinnati; Sara K. Jackson of Cincinnati and Arjuna H. Cornelison of North Attleboro; a sister Willa Mann of Indianapolis, IN and brother Larry Carther; and 10 grandchildren: Jasmine, Mykele, Nadiya, Sierra, Angela, Micah, Aarron, Daryn, Sydney and Jnylah; and one great grandson: Jeiwayne  and a host of colleagues and friends.

Services will be held on Sunday, September 5 at 11 a.m. at Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.  The family requests that those in attendance refrain from wearing black clothing.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Donate | End Homelessness RI (rihomeless.org)

 

  • Comment (21)
  • Carole, I can’t believe you are gone. My heart is broken ? ? 

    You were my Boston mother. I love you and miss you. Until we meet again, you will forever live in my heart. Thank you for all the support you gave me over the years. Rest in peace, you earned it with a life of service.

  • Carole
    You were always there for me and I will never forget you and will always love you.

    Your beautiful soul is never forgotten.  Although you are gone too soon, but your memory  will always be in my heart.

    Until we meet again, rest in peace in the arms of your creator my friend.

  • Carole was a consummate professional and dedicated public servant. She opened doors for many people and had great impact on the communities that she served in both Massachusetts & Rhode Island. And she was a woman of faith who loved her family very much.  Sending you my prayers and condolences.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Cornelison Family.  We are very sorry for your loss.  Anne & John Adams and Family

  • My deepest condolence to Carole’s family and friends.  I had the distinct privilege of working with Carole at the State of Rhode Island Department of Administration.  She and I were the only black women in leadership at the executive level. We worked closely together on creating a more diverse and inclusive state government and supported one another when faced with the many challenges this effort brought about.  I will always remember Carole with great admiration and respect.  She was truly a woman of substance and integrity.  May God bless you and fill you with memories of her life – a life well lived.

  • I had the privilege of working with Carole when I was the CEO at Eleanor Slater Hospital. In a world that was challenging to navigate at times, she was a true partner who shared my goal of a quality environment for our patients and employees. 

  • My good friend Carole was a loving, generous, kind person. Her friendship meant the world to me. I’m so grateful for our years of sisterhood. Let us rejoice together in her life well-lived.

  • Rest in heaven, dear Ms. Carole ✨?✨. You were a light to so many. I consider myself blessed to have know you for the short time I did. ??

  • Carole was a Great support, Advisor, Superintendent and Friend. Fearless when it came down to facing challenges that comes with being the one “ Where the buck stops here”. Forever I’m my heart and I’m the minds of my family. Thank you Lord for us having Mrs. Cornellison I’m our life. 

  • Dear Family may you all know what a amazing contribution your mom and grandma made to the Unity Movement of Brookline   She gave with the heart of a lioness.  She walked her faith everywhere in her life.  She a beautiful woman on the inside as well as the outside.  Life well lived my friend!

  • The  thing I remember about ur mom was  that she would put lotion  on her legs everyday  and I thought she had the most beautiful long legs. My heart  goes out to u all God bless u and ur family.

  • Carole was a beautiful soul, inside and out. We were blessed to get to know her at Unity in the City, Brookline, MA. She was a deep, thoughtful spiritual force for good in this world. Sending up healing prayers for all of her family and friends at this time.

  • A beloved mother, grandmother, and friend has laid her head in peaceful rest. What sets Carole apart is not just an abundance of brain power, culture and heart, but her unwavering commitment in service. Jeanne, we witness so much of Carole’s pledge to serve in you. Her love is made manifest in you. Continue on her path. Additionally, Jasmine & Nadiya are woven from similar yarn. You do Carole proud.
      We express our sincere condolences to each of you & your collective family, Jeanne, Sara, and Arjuna. “In The Sweet By and By, We Shall Meet On That Beautiful Shore”.

  • A beloved mother, grandmother, and friend has laid her head in peaceful rest. What sets Carole apart is not just an abundance of brain power, culture and heart, but her unwavering commitment in service. Jeanne, we witness so much of Carole’s pledge to serve in you. Her love is made manifest in you. Continue on her path. Additionally, Jasmine & Nadiya are woven from similar yarn. You do Carole proud.
      We express our sincere condolences to each of you & your collective family, Jeanne, Sara, and Arjuna. “In The Sweet By and By, We Shall Meet On That Beautiful Shore”.

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  1. A beloved mother, grandmother, and friend has laid her head in peaceful rest. What sets Carole apart is not just an abundance of brain power, culture and heart, but her unwavering commitment in service. Jeanne, we witness so much of Carole’s pledge to serve in you. Her love is made manifest in you. Continue on her path. Additionally, Jasmine & Nadiya are woven from similar yarn. You do Carole proud.
      We express our sincere condolences to each of you & your collective family, Jeanne, Sara, and Arjuna. “In The Sweet By and By, We Shall Meet On That Beautiful Shore”.

  2. A beloved mother, grandmother, and friend has laid her head in peaceful rest. What sets Carole apart is not just an abundance of brain power, culture and heart, but her unwavering commitment in service. Jeanne, we witness so much of Carole’s pledge to serve in you. Her love is made manifest in you. Continue on her path. Additionally, Jasmine & Nadiya are woven from similar yarn. You do Carole proud.
      We express our sincere condolences to each of you & your collective family, Jeanne, Sara, and Arjuna. “In The Sweet By and By, We Shall Meet On That Beautiful Shore”.

  3. Carole was a beautiful soul, inside and out. We were blessed to get to know her at Unity in the City, Brookline, MA. She was a deep, thoughtful spiritual force for good in this world. Sending up healing prayers for all of her family and friends at this time.

  4. The  thing I remember about ur mom was  that she would put lotion  on her legs everyday  and I thought she had the most beautiful long legs. My heart  goes out to u all God bless u and ur family.

  5. Dear Family may you all know what a amazing contribution your mom and grandma made to the Unity Movement of Brookline   She gave with the heart of a lioness.  She walked her faith everywhere in her life.  She a beautiful woman on the inside as well as the outside.  Life well lived my friend!

  6. Carole was a Great support, Advisor, Superintendent and Friend. Fearless when it came down to facing challenges that comes with being the one “ Where the buck stops here”. Forever I’m my heart and I’m the minds of my family. Thank you Lord for us having Mrs. Cornellison I’m our life. 

  7. Rest in heaven, dear Ms. Carole ✨?✨. You were a light to so many. I consider myself blessed to have know you for the short time I did. ??

  8. My good friend Carole was a loving, generous, kind person. Her friendship meant the world to me. I’m so grateful for our years of sisterhood. Let us rejoice together in her life well-lived.

  9. I had the privilege of working with Carole when I was the CEO at Eleanor Slater Hospital. In a world that was challenging to navigate at times, she was a true partner who shared my goal of a quality environment for our patients and employees. 

  10. My deepest condolence to Carole’s family and friends.  I had the distinct privilege of working with Carole at the State of Rhode Island Department of Administration.  She and I were the only black women in leadership at the executive level. We worked closely together on creating a more diverse and inclusive state government and supported one another when faced with the many challenges this effort brought about.  I will always remember Carole with great admiration and respect.  She was truly a woman of substance and integrity.  May God bless you and fill you with memories of her life – a life well lived.

  11. Our deepest sympathy to the Cornelison Family.  We are very sorry for your loss.  Anne & John Adams and Family

  12. Carole was a consummate professional and dedicated public servant. She opened doors for many people and had great impact on the communities that she served in both Massachusetts & Rhode Island. And she was a woman of faith who loved her family very much.  Sending you my prayers and condolences.

  13. Carole
    You were always there for me and I will never forget you and will always love you.

    Your beautiful soul is never forgotten.  Although you are gone too soon, but your memory  will always be in my heart.

    Until we meet again, rest in peace in the arms of your creator my friend.

  14. Carole, I can’t believe you are gone. My heart is broken ? ? 

    You were my Boston mother. I love you and miss you. Until we meet again, you will forever live in my heart. Thank you for all the support you gave me over the years. Rest in peace, you earned it with a life of service.

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