In Memory

Denny Cornett - Class Of 1971

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03/27/15 09:15 AM #1    

Judy Alday (Stephens) (1971)

Rest in peace Denny.  We will have lots of good memories of our high school years together.  You were a great sportsman:  golf, basketball, football; you were excellent!  You were a good friend to many.  Good memories of LeBron Crayton, your friend who got to heaven before you!  Say hello to him for me.  Judy


03/27/15 04:12 PM #2    

Mark Eaton (1971)

Denny and I were best friends in Junior High and High School and had known each other since we were 5. My family lived for several years on Signal Mountain before moving to Red Bank and I spent many hours at the drugstore owned by Denny's dad. Denny worked behind the lunch counter and I came in on a regular basis for hamburgers and milk shakes. We grew up playing Baseball and Football together and road our bikes together all over Signal Mountain. Those were great memories. We were close particulary in High School and because of athletics shared a lot of friends in common. We were both friends with Lebron Crayton and were stunned and sadened by his passing. We often talked at length about Lebron and how someone could die so young with so much more life to live. I always remember Denny as a great athlete who was good at multiple sports. Denny played basketball, football and golf and I am sure he could have played baseball had time allowed it. In later life he became a golf teaching pro at different clubs in Phoenix Arizona. Some of the times I remember best at City with Denny were in the loccer room sitting around after basketball practice and discussing life with Lebron Crayton, Kenny Smith, Bobby Hasselle, Dewey Roberson, and Bill Anderson to name a few. Denny and I loved those times. Bill Anderson reminded me recently that some of those great life discussions included the big life decision whether to start using Safe Guard soap when it first came out or stick with Phisoderm in order to help with all the pimples we had. Bill's mother finally gave us the big no on switching to Safe Guard and stopped that. Denny would always tell us that his dad who was a Pharmacist said not to comb our hair when wet after we showered, but to let it dry natuarlly without using the new hairdryers in order to keep from losing our hair as we got older. It seemed to have been good advice since I think most of that group still has hair. I remember those times more fondly than being the first basketball team in Chattanooga to beat Riverside which at the time was saying something. Denny and I grew apart after High School as so often happens and we were not close in later years. But he was my best friend from 5 till I was 18 and I will always remember his friendship with love and gratefulness. Judy said it best in her posted comment, rest in peace Denny and say hello to Lebron for us.

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