Whitesburg KY

Mushroom hunters discover body of man killed in wreck

Funeral services were held Tuesday for a Gordon man whose body was found Friday after a motorcycle crash two days earlier.

Allen David “ Pork Chop” Cornett, 38, of Gordon, was found in a creek about 100 yards from his home. Cornett’s father, Gordon Fire Chief Alan “Red” Cornett, and friends had been searching for him since Thursday evening, when they learned he had left his girlfriend’s home at Hiram in Harlan County on a dirt bike the evening of April 5, and he never arrived home.

Mushroom hunters found his body and the wrecked motorcycle in the ravine about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

He was born December 3, 1978, in Hazard, the son of Alan Cornett and Peggy Couch Cornett. Allen worked as a mechanic for Pine Mountain Lumber for 19 years. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Pam Ward; grandfather, Otis Cornett; grandmother, Judy Couch; and uncles, Tracy Couch and Jeff Couch.

In addition to his father and mother, he is survived by his son, Kristopher Cornett, of Gordon, and his friend, Trish Smith, of Gordon; sister, Misty (Tony) Cooke of Memphis, Tenn.; grandmother, Emily Cornett, of Gordon; grandfather, Shaftner Couch, of Vicco; nieces, Katlin and Kaylee Cooke, of Memphis; nephew, T.J. Cooke, of Memphis; girlfriend, Brittany Gilliam, of Cumberland and her parents, Gail and Billy Ray Gilliam, and brother, Bart Gilliam, and nephew, Brady Gilliam, all of Cumberland; and ex-wife, Melanie Sexton, of Whitesburg.

Burial was in the East Haven Cemetery at Gordon with family, friends, and members of the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department serving as pallbearers.

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