William “Bill” Cornelius, 86, of New London, Mo., died at 9:26 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at his home in New London, Mo.

William “Bill” Cornelius, 86, of New London, Mo., died at 9:26 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at his home in New London, Mo.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Grand View Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at the Salem Baptist Church of Center. Pastors Jim Miller and Bill Dexheimer will officiate. Burial will follow at the Salem Cemetery in Center.

Bill was born on Feb. 7, 1929, in Hannibal, Mo., the son of Ollie and Lillie James Cornelius. He married Reva Cragen on Sept. 28, 1952, and she survives him.

His parents and three sisters, Virginia Bramblett, Aretta Laird and Kathern Cornelius, preceded him in death.

He is survived by one brother, Glenn (Shirley) Cornelius of Hannibal, Mo.; one daughter, Cheralinn (Eddie) Van Sickle of New London, Mo.; two sons, Leslie (Vicki) Cornelius and Larry Cornelius, both of New London, Mo.; five grandchildren, Rachel (Matt) Munzlinger, Sarah Cornelius (Fiancé Ross Hein), Crystal (Marshal) Brown, Corey Cornelius, Cierra Van Sickle; and four great-grandchildren, Lauren Munzlinger, Lydia Munzlinger, Owen Brown and Abby Brown.

Pallbearers are Jimmy Cornelius, Ted Broemmer, Alan Laird, Briggs Cragen, Gale Cragen, and John Cragen. Honorary Pallbearers are Greg Cornelius, Chester Otte, Marty and Betty Miller, Wendel Glance, Tommy Williams, Sam Branstitter, Ronn Pasha, Tim Fuqua and Virgil Watts.

Bill was a member and deacon of the Salem Baptist Church of Center, Mo. He served in the Army and Army Reserves. He spent his life on the farm, and was a co-owner of Crop Builders Plus, Inc. for many years. Bill was a 50-year Mason and served on the Board of Directors for the Farmer's Co-op. He loved the Lord, his family and music. He enjoyed decorating cakes of every type for over 40 years. He and Reva sang together for many years at weddings and funerals in the community. Bill began playing bass with his brother in high school. He loved playing the bass and enjoyed being a part of many bands, most recently Friends of Service, Uptown Strings, Born Again, God's Harvesters and Prison Ministries.

Bill will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Memorials may be sent to Salem Baptist Church projects. Condolences may be sent to condolences@grandviewfuneral.com.