February 20, 1936 ~ November 13, 2005
Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Asheville ~ Dr. Charles Edward Cordell, 69, of Asheville, died Sunday, November 13, 2005, at his home, following a battle against prostate cancer since January, 2000. Dr. Cordell was born in Asheville and was a son of the late Eddgar H. and Nora May Frady Cordell. He was a 1954 graduate of Oakley High School and served in the US Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957. He attended Asheville-Biltmore College in 1957 and 1958 and received his BS from NC State University and his MS and PhD from Duke University. Dr. Cordell retired from the US Forestry Service after 33 years and more recently spent the majority of his time with Plant Health Care, Inc., in the forestry and land reclamation industries. He also managed the MycorTree seedling production operation with designated contract growers. Dr. Cordell was considered a leading authority in the technology transfer and practical application of ectomycorrhizae in forest tree nurseries, field restoration, Christmas tree production, mineland reclamation and other related forest tree uses. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in forest pathology and ectomycorrhizal fungi applications, including the USDA Forest Service Certificate of Merit Award (1982, 1990, & 1991). He is the former National Mycorrhizal Coordinator and Nursery Specialist, USDA Forest Service. He has authored more than 100 scientific papers and lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has also been active in cultivating his beloved Christmas trees since his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Lee Turner Cordell; four children, Linda C. Hall and her husband Steve of Weaverville, Brenda C. Burrell and her husband Jody of Asheville, Saundra C. Devinney and her husband Bryan of Pickens, SC, and Edward Duane Cordell and his wife Amber of Alexander; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Burrell, Phillip Burrell, Jonathan Burrell, Amanda Hall, Kelly Hall, Linda Cordell and Jake Cordell; two sisters, Gwen McDuffie of Mebane and Reva Johnson of Leland; and six brothers, C.D. Turner of Woodleaf, Harold Turner of Metairie, LA, John Turner of Durham, Jim Turner of Raleigh, Mac Turner of Wake Forest and Kenneth Turner of Louisburg. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Biltmore Church of God with the Revs. Daniel Allen and Marjorie Allen officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Steve Hall, Jody Burrell, Bryan Devinney, Phillip Burrell, Jonathan Burrell, and Jerry Howard. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Don Maix, Dr. Steve Maul, Dr. Mike Kernan, Dr. Dave Brown, Dr. Bill Stambaugh, and Dr. Coleman Doggett. Dr. Cordell will be taken to the Biltmore Church of God Tuesday evening where his family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, or to Biltmore Church of God, 1390 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.