Sommerville Funeral Services
April 4, 2020
Cornelia Isabell, 80, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
Isabell was born the 9th of 14 children on March 25, 1940 in Repton, Alabama to Willie E. and Elvina (Marshall) Gulley. She grew up in Springfield Township in Akron, Ohio.
Cornelia attended Springfield High School along with Akron Beauty School.
She met the love of her life, Bishop Chester Z. Isabell, and soon after marriage she gave birth to eight children; Chester Jr., Sonya, Cassandra, Marcus, Lewis, Theresa, Maringa (deceased), Samuel (Nache), April, David, and Valeria. The marriage lasted 55 years, from October 31, 1964 to March 31, 2020.
As the First lady of Victory Tabernacle House of Prayer, she worked diligently with the church members as a Bible Study teacher. She was also a member of the prayer team and often could be found working behind the scenes. Cornelia was always willing and able to visit the sick and shut in of the community. Cornelia became known as a prayer warrior.
Cornelia retired from Saint Thomas Hospital where she worked in environmental service. Cornelia organized a nightly prayer meeting for the employees there in the chapel. She also started a prayer group that visited the patients at the hospital and offered them prayer and comforting words of encouragement.
Cornelia was known as a hard worker, loving and caring wife and mother, and a woman full of enormous wisdom. This wisdom she passed down to her children and shared with others. She was a great cook and made many southern style meals.
She was one of the caregivers for her mother, the late Elvina Gulley, she was also a caregiver for her late aunt Lucille (Gulley) Johnson.
She was preceeded in death by her mother and father; sister, Eloise; brothers, Robert Theodus, Judge Lee, John Lee, Ben, James Lewis, William, Walter lee, and Willie David; daughter, Theresa (Isabell) Maringa.
She leaves to mourn her passing her loving husband, Chester Sr.; sons, Chester Jr. “Butch” Samuel, and David; daughters, Sonya, Cassandra, April, and Valerie; grandchildren, Aliyah, Keanna, Dominic, Isaiah, Madison, Reginald Jr. Jada, Destinee, Dawson, William, and David Jr.; sisters, Willie Pearl, Dawson and Clara Mae Tolbert of Pensacola, Florida, Amanda Mims, I. Delores (Jerry) Drone. She will also be sadly missed by many cousins, other relatives, and friends.