Coy Cornelius died April 4, 2009, at home in Youngstown, Ohio.
Born Aug. 26, 1941, in Leadville Colo., Coy was a graduate of Thayer (Missouri) High School (1959), Southwest Missouri State University (BFA 1973), and the University of Arkansas (MFA 1977).
He created and exhibited metal sculpture and designed fine arts furniture and objects. He also owned and operated a series of successful hair styling businesses.
Coy redeveloped a 100-year-old warehouse on Federal Street beginning in 1982. Until it burned in 2005, The Youngstown Mattress Company Arts Center offered a locus for arts activity in the downtown area.
In 2007, he began renovating another retail and arts facility at 1931 Belmont Ave (the former Ambrosio Restaurant).
Coy was a past board member of the Youngstown Area Arts Council and served on the Youngstown Board of Trade. In his youth, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Thayer, Mo.
He is survived by: his wife, Judy Rogers of Youngstown; his daughter, Sarah Cornelius (Pittsburgh); his son, Carey Cornelius and daughter-in-law, Jackie Cornelius (Orange Park, Fla.); his mother, Mildred Cornelius (Thayer, Mo.); two brothers, Ron Cornelius, Thayer, Mo; John Cornelius, Naples Fla.; and two sisters, Patti Floyd, Ft. Smith, Ark.; Bonni Funk, Orlando, Fla.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Hervel Cornelius.