Cornelia ‘Corky’ Acuff, 80, passed away at a local hospital on Sunday January 31, 2021. Born September 30, 1940 in Ashville, NC, she moved to Chattanooga at a young age. A graduate of City High School, she attended the University of Chattanooga Nursing School and spent many years as a loving care provider in the health care field. She later moved to Jefferson City, TN where she served as the County Director for Senior Citizens Home Assistance Services, Inc. In her role there she was a driving force in organizing and fundraising, and served as the Loaned Executive for the United Way. She mentored many young women in developing their own careers and left a lasting mark on the communities she served.
She is preceded in death by her parents Allene (Hancock) Acuff and Clifton Cornelius Acuff, and her beloved Daughter Mitzi Callison. She is survived by her son, George W. French (Amy), brother Clifton ‘Butch’ Acuff, grandsons Jake Weaver (Alyssa) and Parker Thomas, great grandson Zander Weaver, and several nieces and nephews.
Corky was well known for her spunk and charming personality. She loved well, and was well loved. She spent her career and her life in the care of others. In lieu of flowers and in honor of her servant’s heart donations may be made to Senior Citizens Home Assistance Services Inc. Continuing Education Fund ( https://schas.org/donate; or 865-523-2920) Her family wishes to express appreciation to the staff at Jefferson Memorial Hospital during her brief illness.
Arrangements for a memorial services will be announced at a later date.