James Ivor “Jim” Corns

October 31, 1929 ‒ February 10, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio


MANSFIELD: As an entertainer, Jim Corns knew how to connect with an audience – both onstage and off. His big personality, charismatic smile and sense of humor captivated a room on his entry, and drew people to him. A good-hearted people-person, Jim was always busy puttering on lawn mowers or some project to help others.

His busy hands are now at rest, as Jim passed away Friday morning February 10, 2017 in the Arbors at Mifflin. He was 87.

Born James Ivor Corns October 31, 1929 in Russell County, VA to George and Edna (Keen) Corns, he came to Mansfield in 1946. Jim was a conscientious worker at Farm Tools, Home Gas & Appliance and the steel mill, and was often requested by clients while working at City Furniture. He retired from Stone Container.

Jim was a Country Music performer. He played rhythm guitar and sang lead with Jim Blackstone and the Spring Mountain Boys, performing at local venues including Richland County Fair, Renaissance Performing Arts, Malabar Farm Heritage Days, and Prairie Peddler.

Blessed with the gift-of-gab, Jim loved to talk with people. His handyman skills were renown, and no walleye was safe when rod-and-reel were in Jim’s hands.

Jim leaves a legacy of love, caring and music!

He is survived by his wife Marlene A. (Moore) Corns, whom he married July 29, 1949; son Ron (Karen) Corns of Mansfield, daughter Deb (Rowland) Kisner of Bellville and daughter Diana (Bob) Fogle of Howard; grandchildren Jeff (Renata) Corns, Michelle Applegate, David Fogle and Austin Fogle; great grandchildren Kelly Corns, Joe Corns, Bailee Applegate, and Cole Applegate; sisters-in-law Helen Corns, Doris Corns and Jackie Moore; and a very special person he considered a granddaughter: Jamie Crider.

His family acknowledges with special thanks his nephew Craig Moore for his faithful help during Jim’s illness; and to loving caregivers Daphne, Crystal, Leziel and Debra.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Ivan Corns, Russell Corns, Don Corns and Judis Corns; a sister Geneva Corns; and brothers-in-law Gene Moore and Otis Moore.

The Corns family will receive friends Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastor George Reece will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Corns family. Share with them a memory or note of sympathy – and watch James’ tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Ron,Debbie and Diana We are so sorry for the loss of your Father. Let it be known that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort all of you at this time. Paul & Katy Wehinger

  • Marlene and family, please accept my condolence on Jim’s passing! Jim and your family were good policy holders of my dad Charles Mishey and myself! Jimmy always had a smile on his face and a story to tell! Just sorry I never had the opportunity to hear him sing. We live in Florida most of the year now, but get News Journal on line to keep in touch. I know Jimmy will be missed, but he left you all with memories that will last a lifetime ! Mel Mishey

  • Dear Deb and Rowland, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know you were very close to him, Deb. I hold you in my heart!
    Pam Windbigler