Cynthia Dianne Kornegay, 63 of Steens, MS, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 11th, at her home. She was born February 13, 1957 in Aberdeen, the daughter of Walden "Max" and Roxie Anne (Sherman) Honeycutt. She grew up in Hamilton where she enjoyed the outdoors and riding horses. Dianne also had an interest in music and her parents put her in piano lessons, which she took for several years, becoming an accomplished pianist. She was, to say the least, an active and athletic young lady, playing basketball, softball, was a cheerleader and a lifeguard at the YMCA in her teeneage years. Dianne married at an early age, starting her family in Hamilton as well. After moving around some, she returned home to South Mississippi, where she took some college courses and became a licensed electrician. She worked as a maintenance electrician for many years, doing work on the Tenn-Tom waterway dam system and later for Sanderson Plumbing. Dianne also worked for a company that helped move military families, packing up their homes and belongings for shipment to their next location. She was a hard-working woman that passed that approach to life along to her kids. A Christian by faith, Dianne served as the pianist for many years at Bartahatchie Baptist Church, and taught advance piano from her home to countless students over the years. She was actively involved in her children's lives, keeping them focused on their school work, any sports they participated in, as well as their jobs as teenagers. Dianne is lovingly remembered as a "hippie" of sorts, a free-spirited woman that loved music, growing flowers and vegetables in her garden at home and spending time with family and friends. She was an excellent cook that always had something good to eat for her family and others who might stop by. After her first marriage ended, she met Charlie Ray and the two found their soul mates. They married and have been virtually inseparable for more than 26 years, loving each other deeply. Dianne loved having family around her. She enjoyed sitting around playing board games of any kind and was tenacious at them. She was well known as "the one" to have on your side or team, as she usually won no matter what game they were playing. A loving mother, wife and trusted friend, Dianne will be forever missed by all whose life she touched. She was preceded by her parents, Max and Roxie Honeycutt, her sister Ramona Norcross, and her daughter Theresea Ruth. Left to cherish her memories are: her loving husband and soul mate, Charlie Ray Kornegay; their children: Renee (Bubba) Harvey of Drew, Roxie (Shawn) Campbell of Flint, MI, Charlie (Christie) Thomas, Jr. and Chris Thomas, both of Ocean Springs, along with her brother, Max Honeycutt, Jr. of Marks, MS. She leaves a legacy of eight grandchildren, three great-grands, several extended family countless students and friends through the years. Dianne's final wishes were to be cremated, which her family is honoring. They will hold a celebration of her life at a later date. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Kornegay family in their time of need, asking everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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