Ricky Bernard Cornns was born October 18, 1966, at San Francisco General Hospital to Ann Lou Cornns (Pine Bluff, Ark.) and Ira Wesley Cornns (deceased- Lake Providence, LA). He was the youngest of six siblings, and he was an energetic, curious, and happy child.
He lived in San Francisco most of his life. He was a “die-hard” 49er fan, attending many games, cookouts, and obtaining many collectables and memorabilia. In San Francisco, he attended Fremont Elementary, Patrick Henry Middle School, and graduated at Challenge to Learn Highschool. Ricky enjoyed sports, especially football. He followed his favorite players, even if they were no longer with his favorite team. He liked superhero comics and had a vast collection of them. He enjoyed spending time with his family, regularly teasing his many nieces and nephews at family functions. The family affectionately referred to him as “Pretty Ricky what they call him”!
Ricky was raised in the Hebrew Cultural Community of San Francisco, CA and was taught in the ancient teachings of YHWH (consonants without the vowels) our Eloheem (Creator) by way of his Pastor and Teacher Sis. Elizabeth Chambers Yah El (deceased). Brother Ricky, as he was known in the Hebrew Community, loved his teacher Mrs. Chambers, her successor Sis. Yolanda Banks Reed, and his extended family of the Hebrew Cultural Community. He enjoyed celebrating the four sacred cyclical days in his culture, Passover, Feast of Harvest, Feast of Tabernacle, and BKR (First Born). No matter where he went or what experiences he had, YHWH was always his Eloheem to which he gave praises.
Much of his time was spent with his “associates”, as he would call his friends Josh “The Butcher” Epple (deceased), Richard (Thumper) Pate, and Reed Harrington. Josh and Ricky were not only close friends but were also employer and employee. Ricky worked for Drewes Brothers Meats for over 16 years, of which Josh was co-owner. He did everything from “cutting up to cleaning up” (Noe Valley Voice Newspaper, 2005). Ricky worked his way from helper to Apprentice Butcher, and he enjoyed his job and the customers he served. He also spent many days sipping on one beer for hours at the ‘Bar on Delores’. Like the TV show ‘Cheers’, everyone knew his name.
Bro. Ricky will be deeply missed and forever remembered. He was preceded in death by his father Ira Cornns, brother Ruben Bledsoe, and nephew Rafael Fuentes Lee. He leaves to mourn: his mother Mrs. Ann Lou Cornns, his sister, Yvonne Quinn (Tony Quinn), Lynda Clemons (Matthew Clemons), Salema Cornns-Nesbitt (Osayahde Nesbitt), his brother Michael Cornns (Marjorie Robinson), a host of nieces and nephews, a host of Eloheem children, Joshua Meritt, Jamal Thompson, Jasmine Thompson, the Hebrew Cultural Community, and many friends.
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