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Mr. Robert Cordell, age 76, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 25, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Strunk officiating. Burial will be at the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 a€" 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorials take form of contributions to the Pine Knot Cemetery Fund for upkeep of the cemetery.

Mr. Cordell was a self-employed excavating contractor and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed traveling and fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He was born in Pine Knot on March 4, 1935. He was the son of the late Brassfield and Audry Meadows Morrow. Besides his parents he is preceded in death by a brother Herbert Cordell, a sister Fayrene Wilkey, a step-sister Mildred Day and step-brother John Morrow.

Surviving family include his wife Retha Jones Cordell whom he married on November 5, 1960. Retha and Robert made their home in Kodak, Tennessee, and had a home in Somerset. His children are Kirby (and Nola) Cordell, Rhonda Cordell, and Robin (and Duane) Adams, all of Somerset. His grandchildren are Karmen Cordell(and Matt) Teague and Kyle Cordell, Tarin, Kelsie and Katie Adams, Tessa Ritter and Jessica Lear. Full siblings are Tommy Morrow and Patricia Majors of Dayton, Tennessee and Lorene Porter, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Step-brothers and sisters are Jim Morrow, Merlie Fairchild, and Ruth Mickle of Evansville, Tennessee, Bob Morrow of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Peggy Crawley of Chattanooga, Wanda Garrison, Pheobe Frazier, Jamie Arnold all of Dayton, Tennessee. Robert leaves behind many cousins and other family members as well as numerous friends that will surely miss him.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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Robert was a very special man. He was my Father In-Law. He was my buddy. He always had a special way of expressing his opinion and for that everyone loved him. He was unique in his own way. A wonderful husband,father, grandfather and friend. Our loss is Heavens Gain. "If loving you could have kept you here, you would have lived forever."

Kim Cordell May 5 2011 12:00 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. There is a void that cannot be replaced. The life insurance we buy is really preparation for death. But the life insurance Jehovah God offers is the destroying of death itself and all the things we can think of that causes it. He will do this through His Kingdom that His Son Jesus Christ is King of. We can gain comfort now through the Bible. And in the very near future we will hold our love ones again. We all will live happy healthy lives forever in exquisite delight and in an abundance of peace here on earth.

Marquell Apr 28 2011 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sandi Stephens Cook Apr 25 2011 12:00 AM

Rhonda I was so very sorry th hear of the death of your dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lena Wesson Apr 25 2011 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Robert's passing. Although I will not be able to attend the services, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you . Love, Gladys Moore

Gladys Moore Apr 23 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Retha, So sorry to hear of Robert's passing. I pray that you will know the comfort that only God can give during your time of grief. May God bless you precious lady, Reva & Ronald

Reva & Ronald Ball Apr 23 2011 12:00 AM