Article was furnished by Everett Nelson Kornegay, nephew of Sidney Everett Kornegay, December 25, 2005.
From “The Frankston Citizen” of Anderson County Texas January 3, 1919. Original newspaper found in the effects of Marion S. and Caroline F. Basinger Kornegay.
Bi-line: Everett Kornegay Killed In France
A telephone message from Malone last Tuesday afternoon brought the sad news of the death on the battlefields of France on Nov. 1, of Everett Kornegay.
A friend to mankind and one whose life was an example of modest goodness, this young man was loved by all who knew him and during the short time in which he served the M. E. church as pastor he made the host of Frankston friends who grieve with his family at the coming of the message that said his soul has gone to join the Heavenly command.
At the time he came to our town, in the summer of 1917, he was only 23 years of age and was completing his education for the ministry at Southern Methodist University. Though he was then a stranger here, his sterling character, congenial nature and Christian principle soon demonstrated his excellence and he became a general favorite.
As young men were leaving for camps, Kornegay determined to go himself, though he would have been exempt from army service on account of his being a student for the ministry. He kept his plans to himself, however, and friends who had hoped he would return to serve the church another year were disappointed when, at the session of conference at Palestine, he accepted a secretaryship in the Y.M.C.A. and was sent to Camp Bowie. At that time he hoped to go to France in that branch of the service, but later his plans were thwarted, when he found that only men of mature years would be sent across. In June 1918 he went to Houston, enlisted in the Marine Corps and assigned to Co. A 3rd Batallion at Paris Island, S. C. for training. While there he won the second best Medal for good service, was never on special duty, and never had a mark against his record. On July 15, he was sent to Quantico, Va., and in a short time sailed with his comrades for the battle ground that was to prove his grave.
If there was one American boy that wanted to take an active part in our war with Germany Everett Kornegay really did, but it is sad mystery that one whose future was so bright and whose purpose and ideals were so virtuous and useful should be slain and can not return to take up again the thread of civil life.
The object of his going to France was that he might do his duty to his country and at the same time carry out his chosen mission of a soul winner and many souls will find a haven of rest with his as a result of his having passed their way.
His parents, a brother and sister, both younger than he are left at the family home at Malone, Hill County. To each of these especially the mother, Frankston people extend their sympathy.
In Heaven’s mansions fair
the grief of war has not a share
No screaming shells to pierce
For angels guard our peaceful
And you are there—your manly
To earthly home can not return.
We miss you when our meals are
We miss you when our prayer
You are at rest and we in tears,
Ye hero of such tender years
But may your life of patient
And may your joyful hope in
Guide us till on the brighter
Our broken circle is bound once