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Cornelius Asuzu Agwunobi

Cornelius Asuzu Agwunobi

April 19, 1942 - June 19, 2020

Cornelius Asuzu Agwunobi was born April 19, 1942 to Agwunobi Nwakaeze and Josephine Ugboaja in Nigeria. He passed away on June 19, 2020. <br /> His life consisted of many achievements, which started with his being a teacher in the primary school in Nigeria. From 1966 until 1984, he was a hospital administrator in Nigeria. While working at the hospital, he was pursuing his law degree at the University of Nigeria (NSUKKA/UNN) <br /> A patriot of the highest degree, he served as a Red Cross worker in the Nigerian Civil War and taught at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). He loved reading and was a highly devoted religious man who prayed every morning and evening. A graduate of the University of Nigeria Law School, he practiced general law in Nigeria for many years prior to relocating to the United States. <br /> He was a self-starter and strong community advocate. Asuzu started the Nigerian Community Association; he founded the American Institute of African Affairs in Houston; was a member of the Knight of Columbus; held Chieftain Title and was fondly called "NZE" which is a special traditional title for select individuals. An individual grows into the NZE which consists of a series of rites. <br /> Cornelius was a member of St. Justine Martyr Catholic Church since relocating to Katy in 1999 and was active in the Knights of Columbus. <br /> He is survived by wife, Rose Agwunobi; sons, Cornel I. Agwunobi of Houston, Texas, Martins Mbadiwe (Ijeoma) of Lagos, Nigeria, and Linus Emenike Agwunobi (Chigozie) of Houston, Texas; daughters, Ifeyinwa Agwunobi of Lagos, Nigeria, Ifeoma R. Agwunobi of Houston, Texas, Connie Azuka Owulu (Ike) of Houston, Texas, Egondu Obodoekwe (Chijioke) of Houston, Texas, and Rosita C. Agwunobi of Houston, Texas; sister, Livina Onuoha of Lagos, Nigeria; grandchildren, Obinna Enwerem, Chisom Enwerem, Lukas Agwunobi, Leo Agwunobi, Chidera Agwunobi, Kosi Agwunobi, Alex Agwunobi, Andre Agwunobi, Dominion Maxwell, Divine Maxwell, Kymora Akonu, Kayla Akonu, Zara Owulu, Mandy Owulu, and Phanuel Obodoekwe. <br /> He was preceded in death by his parents, Agwunobi Nwakaeze and Josephine Ugboaja; and seven siblings. <br /> The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway Chapel, in Katy. Mass will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church, in Houston, with Rev. Paul as Celebrant. Burial will be in his family's cemetery in Nigeria at a later date.


Aug 22
Memorial service

Saturday, 2:30 PM -3:30 PM

St. Justin the Martyr Catholic

13350 Ashford Point Dr, Houston, TX 77082, USA

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