December 17, 1924 ~ December 19, 2007

Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Geary Luther Cordell, 83, of Mills River, died Wednesday, December 19, 2007. Mr. Cordell was a son of the late Luther Hamilton “Dick” and Georgia Pierce Cordell. He was also preceded in death by his son, Randy Luther Cordell, and brothers, Vernon, Ross, and Garvin Cordell. From 1942 to 1945, Mr. Cordell served as an instructor in tank division of the U.S. Army. He worked with his father from the age of 15 at Cordell Motor Co. In 1950, Cordell Motor Co. became Carolina Truck and Body Co., Inc. He purchased it in 1968, and relocated to 1895 Old Haywood Rd. in 1972. He remained Operator and President until May of 2007, when he turned management over to his granddaughter, Lauren Smathers. Carolina Truck and Body will remain in operation under the management of the Cordell family. Geary Cordell was a co-founder of High Vista Country Club in Arden, and he enjoyed golf, travel, and his family. Mr. Cordell is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gwynn Morgan Cordell; son, Rodney Cordell and wife Jan; daughters, Cheryl Cordell Smathers and fiancé, Brian Goldstein, and Kimberly Lowe and husband Kenny; brothers, Douglas Cordell, George Cordell and wife Joyce, and Frank Cordell and wife Betty; sisters, Dorothy Sanders and Jene Fryman and husband Richard; grandchildren, Matthew Cordell, Amanda Smathers, Lauren Smathers, Nicholas Cordell, and Ashley Cordell, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave with Chaplain Steve Jones officiating. His family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731

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  1. Gwynn and family,

    Sorry to hear of Geary’s passing, but we know he is in heaven, and in the hands of the Lord. We are sorry that we have lost touch with family. If it wasn’t for Glenda, we wouldn’t know anything.

    Love Walter and Dorothy

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  2. Gwynn, Rodney, Cheryl, Kim and family I am very sorry for your loss. It hurts and I will be praying for all of you at this time and forever. I love you.

    Roberta

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  3. Gwynn and family we are very sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to have known Geary and all of the family over the past years. We are in Fla. so we will be there in thought and prayers and may God give you confort.

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  4. Please know our prayers and thoughts are with you in your time of need. Our God is merciful and kind and will not leave you comfortless.

    Raymond Quinn—–Leicester, NC
    Louis Quinn——-Candler

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  5. I am very sorry to read of the loss of Geary Cordell. I worked at CT&B from 1993-1999 in the office. Geary was good boss and a nice man.

    I know Gwynn, Rodney, Cheryl, Kim and the rest of the family will miss him greatly.

    Geary never passed up a chance to laugh (whether it be inwardly or outwardly) with his employees and friends.

    Lesa Mason-Watkins

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  6. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers, may God be with you in the days ahead.

    Dorothy Gordon, Mazie,Donna,Howard and Udell

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  7. granny,rodney,jan,cheryl,&kim i am so sorry to here about geary. he was a great boss & friend.our loss is heavens gain!! love jerry & elaine

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  8. Sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll always remember him for the stories he had to tell and the many projects of making something from nothing.

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  9. CORDELL FAMILY;
    SORRY TO HEAR OF GEARY’S PASSING. I ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY (LARRY,WORTH,JUDY) WORKED FOR MR. CORDELL FOR SEVERAL YEARS,HE WAS ALWAYS A FAIR & HONEST MAN TO WORK FOR. I HAVE LOTS OF GOOD MEMORIES. MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT YOU AT THIS TIME.

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