Robert Lee Cordell

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Robert Lee “Corky” Cordell, Sr. of Sebring, Florida, passed away on February 28, 2005 in Sebring. A native of Buncombe County, Mr. Cordell was born May 18, 1929, to the late William Henry and Cora Johnson Cordell and was also preceded in death by his sister, Betty Cordell McMahan. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a Technical Sergeant during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was employed as a store manager for Ingles in East Asheville and was the former owner of Cordell Wrecker Service in East Asheville. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge # 11 FAMP in Montgomery, Alabama; volunteered as a shuttle driver for Florida hospital in Sebring, and also for years at the Avon Park Bombing Range in the retiree activities office. He was a former Shriner and a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Frostproof, Florida and served as an usher and group leader in Sunday School Class. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Retha Ashley Cordell of Sebring, FL; two sons, Robert Lee Cordell, Jr. and wife Louise of Leicester and Randall Ashley Cordell and wife Michelle of Chattanooga, TN; a daughter, Cheryl Denise Wilkins of Sebring, FL; three grandchildren, Leigha Denise Cordell of Winston-Salem, Corky Scott Cordell of Asheville, Mahalie Ann Wilkins of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Nancy Cordell Johnson and a brother, William Henry Cordell, Jr. both of Asheville. A graveside service will be held 3:30 P.M. Saturday in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Enka, NC with the Rev. Jim Page officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road in Arden. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Frostproof, P.O. Box 327, Frostproof, Fl. 33843.

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  1. We are very sorry to hear about Corky’s death. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
    Carl & Teresa Harris

  2. retha we loved corky and we love you the tennessee clan hopes to see you soon love and kisses

    sharron & joe dollar betty harris

  3. Words cannot express how much Bob and Retha mean to us. We were so sorry not to be able to share in Bob’s memorials but pray God’s richest blessings may continue on this family.

  4. To the Cordell Family:

    Jessie and I wish to express our sincere condolences to all of you in the loss of your brother.

    Bobby was a good old Biltmore boy and we remember him with fondness.

    May God give all of you the peace that passes all understanding during these sad days.

    God’s blessings,

    Tommy and Jessie Koontz

  5. Nancy & family: So sorry to read in the paper of the passing of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Robert I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father.My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time of sorrow.

  7. We are so sorry to hear of his death. Our condolences go to the family. We love you all.

    Polly, Adrian, Mark and Stacy.

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