Commonwealth Journal


July 12, 2012

Motorsports Hall-of-Famer’s life affected by late Cornett


Somerset —

Ira Jackson Cornett – everybody knows him as “Red” – died Tuesday at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital some two months short of his 96th birthday. He founded Cornett Machine Shop in 1948 and was still going to work until about a week before he died.
“He was at the shop last week,” said his son, Jack. The elder Cornett often bemoaned what he believed was a lack of old-fashioned work ethic in today’s young people.
Cornett’s businesses prospered. An internationally known engine rebuilding firm, Cornett Machine Shop and Cornett Racing Engines rebuild all kinds of engines; racing engines; engines from all over the world. Last year, Cornett Racing Engines was featured on the cover of Race Engine Technology magazine.
Pulaski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Cornett. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Somerset First Baptist Church with Dr. French Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens. The family of Mr. Cornett will receive friends Thursday after 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. 

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