In memory of
David W. 'Cornbread' Bethel, 59 NYC Parks supervisor, basketball standout in his youth David W. Bethel was born on March 31, 1960 to parents Ms. Evelyn Jackson and Eddie Bethel, and passed away on May 9, 2019. He was nicknamed "Cornbread" after the movie "Cornbread, Earl and Me" starring Jamaal Wilkes and Larry Fishbourne. Cornbread grew up in West Brighton, Staten Island, N.Y., and attended PS.18 and Curtis High School, where he was a star basketball player. He graduated from high school in 1978 and then went on to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu Beach, Calif. After college, he returned to Staten Island, working for many years for the NYC Parks Department as a supervisor, where he helped provide jobs for people in his community. But his passion for life was much larger than his job title as he fostered long and productive relationships with all persons he came in touch with. He was first and foremost a "people person"! Whether it was lending a hand organizing an event in his neighborhood or mentoring a young person on life, Cornbread was always willing and able to help. Throughout Cornbread's life he received praise, whether it was winning the Brown Bomber Sports Award, the Wayne Derrick Award, leading the Bachelors, Rising Stars and Future Stars basketball programs to victory or helping organize Father's Day get-together events in Georgia. Cornbread had an incredible energy for living, whether it was playing cards with friends and family, having crab night, he always had compassion for people and he had the ability to make people feel uniquely special. David "Cornbread" Bethel is survived by his wife of 21 years, April; Miss Callie, his guardian angel; his sons, Kwame, Quatiek and Demetrius; his sister, Lori, brother Kenny, his beautiful Georgia family and many more nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, friends, and community members. April Bethel would like to thank Cornbread's brother from another mother, Kevin Duff. Memorial service for David Bethel is at By Divine Purpose Christian Center, located at 418 Broadway, Staten island, New York 10310, on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 1 to 6 p.m.
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