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Cornelia Ware Kimmell

Cornelia Ware Kimmell

Myrtle Beach, SC 

Cornelia Ware Kimmell, 84, wife of James “Jim” Kimmell, died Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Born in Kings Mountain, NC, on November 21, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Sidney Howard Ware and Martha (Herndon) Ware.

Cornelia was a 1953 graduate of Kings Mountain High School, where she was class salutatorian, editor-in-chief of the school paper, and May Queen. 

Known affectionately in her retirement years as “Nana” to family and friends alike, Cornelia was a helpmate to her husband throughout his career as a high school coach in Saluda, SC, Lewisville, SC, Newberry, SC, Chester, SC, and Latta, SC, where he also served as principal of the elementary school. Cornelia served as Director of Food Services for the Latta Area Schools and as an administrative assistant in the Coastal Carolina School of Education, among other positions during her years of employment. 

Cornelia and Jim relocated in retirement to Myrtle Beach, where together they were active and loving grandparents, enthusiastic supporters of local sports teams, and volunteers with community charities. Both were also avid birders. 

A survivor of polysystic kidney disease, Cornelia thrived for 22 years, until her death, on a transplanted kidney donated post-mortem by a total stranger.  Cornelia was active in promoting organ donation. Her death resulted from complications for surgery unrelated to her kidney. 

Survivors, in addition to Cornelia’s husband, include three sons, James W. “Kim” (Karol) Kimmell, Jr., Edward Ware Kimmell, Jeffrey Kodi (Kristi) Kimmell; & a daughter, Marti (Curt) Hancock; nine grandchildren, Grayson Hancock (Chris Owens), Anna Kimmell, Will Kimmell, Luke Hancock, Mallory Hancock (Karl Thompson), Karlee Kimmell (Clay) Hetland, Hanna Kimmell, Calen Kimmell, & John James Kimmell; and three great-grandchildren, Cayla Owens, Chris Owens, & Henry Thompson. She was preceded in death by a grandchild, James Curtis Hancock. 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Help 4 Kids, 2523 Forestbrook Road, Myrtle Beach, SC, 843-651-4310, 

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Vickie Graham
Latta, SC
Created On: 01/03/2020 02:21:07

I am so sorry for the loss of two of the most outstanding people I know. I was lucky enough to work for Mr Kimmell in the Latta School System. I will never forget walking into the office and seeing him rocking an unhappy child. He
truly loved the children and his teachers. He always called his faculty the “best of the bunch”.
Cornelia did an excellent job at whatever she
tackled. That sharp mind of hers was always accepting new challenges. She was a perfect match for Mr Kimmell.

Marcia Swindler Baxter
Columbia, SC
Created On: 12/02/2019 00:28:46

Growing up in Saluda I have such fond memories of the Kimmels. Then I met my husband in Newberry when he was coaching for her brother, Mike Ware. So, I've felt connected to them all my life. I delighted in catching up every time I saw them over the years . They both have touched thousands across SC over the years. So blessed to have known her.

Ernest & Pam Neal
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 11/28/2019 00:49:14

Marti and Family:
Your mother was a great treasure, always full of joy and a kind word. Her gentle spirit and hugs made some very hard days for our family much easier. The last time I saw your Mom at Reflections, she was holding her Bible after the Ladies’ devotional time. She had a radiant smile and encouraged me to keep looking to the Lord for guidance. She made my day with her encouragement. Your parents’ great love for one another was a true testimony of devotion and faithfulness for all of us to model. We will remember you in our prayers asking God to give you strength and peace in the days ahead. Our best to all.