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Funeral For Former Orange County Sheriff Today

Last updated on Thursday, March 15, 2012

(PAOLI) - Doyle Cornwell, who served two terms as Orange County sheriff, is remembered as a public servant who brought a new level of professionalism to the office.

Cornwell, 66, died Monday at his home in Paoli, following an illness.

Cornwell had retired from Indiana State Police before being elected sheriff. Running as a Republican, he first was elected in 1998, defeating long-time Orange County Deputy Sheriff Louie Anderson, a Democrat, by more than 1,000 votes.

A Times-Mail story reporting on the election said the two police officers were friends and sat side by side in the crowded Orange Circuit courtroom on election night watching as election returns were displayed on a courtroom wall with an overhead projector. When it became apparent Cornwell had won, the two police officers gave each other a hug and the people in the courtroom gave them a round of applause.

Cornwell was unopposed in his bid for re-election in November 2002 and began the second term of his two-term limit.

Funeral services for Cornwell will be at 1 p.m. today at Wellman Funeral Home, 226 W. Campbell St., Paoli, with cremation to follow. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

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