They were married in a small ceremony on Sept. 1, 1950, in Portales, N.M., by Rev. Homer Akers at the Presbyterian Church. They have lived in Seagraves, Odessa, Fort Stockton, Harlingen and Beeville for 42 years and currently make their home in Gatesville. John farmed and then worked in the oil field. He retired after 33 years with Amoco Production Company. Geneva worked as a bookkeeper for several companies, the last being 25 years with B.A. Box Tank and Supply in Beeville.
They have been actively involved for 13 years with Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders, building churches all over Texas. John continues to work on their farm near Seagraves, helping repair equipment. Geneva also volunteers at the Gatesville Care Center. They are members of Trinity Baptist Church in Gatesville.
The Cornetts have four daughters and one son, Edith (Robert) King of Belton, Nancy (Gary) Morgan of Gatesville, Teresa White (deceased), Belen (Brad) Thorne of Round Rock and John Monroe (Terri) Cornett of Beeville; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The Cornetts have memories of travel to many states in the U.S., including Alaska, and the opportunity to visit Tasmania, Australia, where children and grandchildren resided.