Matthew Cornett, 46, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died on Thursday, June 29th, 2017.
He was born at the U.S. Army Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany, on Thursday, October 29th, 1970. Matt always loved the childhood poem which included the line, “Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go” and attributed his curiosity about the world and his love of travel to being a Thursday’s Child. Survivors include his wife and best friend, Sloane Harper, parents, Jack and Becky Cornett, younger brother, Brian Cornett, and grandmother, Milly Temple. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, dear friends, and his lifelong soul brothers, Jeb Blanz and Jason Gill.
Matt spent a happy childhood, freely exploring the woods and hills of Leawood and Reservoir Park with the Windy Court Gang, along with other friends and cousins. In High School, he excelled at Debate, and was invited to attend the Harvard National Invitational Forensics Tournament at Cambridge, Massachusetts. The friendships he formed in the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church Youth Group during these years were special and the adventures they enjoyed are legend!
While attending UALR to earn his Marketing and Finance Degree, Matt worked at Allouette’s Restaurant, where he developed a passion for the culinary world that never ended. He was always happiest when working at fine dining establishments from coast to coast. Besides Little Rock, this passion took him to Charleston, South Carolina, Kansas City, Missouri, and Portland, Oregon. Each locale afforded his friends and family the opportunity to visit and enjoy some fabulous experiences and make many wonderful memories. Matt loved to travel, especially off the beaten path, and considered that some of the finest days of his life were those in which he explored Germany, Italy, Ireland, Canada, the Virgin Islands, and the west coast with those he loved.
Matt’s genuine love of people, his zest for life, his big heart for those struggling with difficulties, his affection for animals, and his engaging smile were endearing.
A picnic and visitation honoring Matt’s memory will be held on Saturday, July 8th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.at Maumelle Park in pavilion #5. Bring a fun memory or picture to share, or just drop by to visit. Matt would love for everyone to laugh and enjoy a good story!
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Food Bank at arkansasfoodbank.org or Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Missouri, at waysidewaifs.org
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400