OBITUARY

John Uther Cardwell

September 17, 1948January 20, 2021
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John Uther Cardwell 72, of Nashville, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

John was born on September 17, 1948 in Guthrie, Kentucky, the son of Mabel and Clifford Cardwell. He married Roxane Cardwell on June 20, 1970 in Illinois.

Owner of Cardwell’s Electric Company, John was a Master Electrician. He was a hard and dedicated worker, and he also was a former Metro Police Officer, Postman, and US Army Specialist. John served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, and was awarded the Bronze Star, and the Silver Rose due to his exposure to Agent Orange. He was a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion Post 88 in Donelson, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Bethel Church.

John enjoyed looking for antiques in abandoned houses, taking road trips across the country and traveling the world, and spending time with his family.

Surviving is his wife, Roxane Cardwell; Donna, Jason, and Jillian Borms (daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter); JP, Danielle, Peyton and Annabella Cardwell (son, daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter); and many loving family members, Dorothy “Ducky” Farmer, John Stewart, Tommy Stewart, Brenda Stewart Keen, Thomas K. Stewart, Brandi Keen, Hunter Keen, Ion Tanner, Tink Tanner, Kenny Joe Cardwell, Kim Cardwell, Ann Ladd Spence, Henry Ladd, and James Ladd. Preceding John in death are his parents, Mabel and Clifford Cardwell; brother, Eunice Cardwell; sisters, Blondell Ladd, Barbara Sue Hargrove, and Mary Helen Midkiff.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, Brentwood, TN. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at twelve o’clock in the afternoon at Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home with a one hour visitation prior to the service. Burial will follow in Middle Tennessee State Cemetery, Nashville, TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s honor to any veteran’s group or organization.

Please join us in a moment of gratitude for John Cardwell’s service to our country.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 12, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 12, 2021

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Michelle Atwood

February 12, 2021

My dearest John, My heart is full of memories from working with you the past twelve years.
My heart is full of love and respect for you. You became a wonderful friend.
You were so kind and loving to my mom and my family.
I will forever treasure you.
Until we meet again.
Love, Michelle

carole starr

February 12, 2021

Dear Brother John, I believe it was about 1984/85 you drove down my driveway for electric repairs. I saw a card swinging from your mirror which caught my attention. You would not tell me about it, until we had become friends. After you shared your story with me, I began a lifetime practice of calling you every Veteran's Day and Memorial Day to - thank you, and to thank all who served. I also wrote you a letter of gratitude, which your staff told me you posted in your bulletin board - as you did with MANY memorials and memories and honor posts - I have heard it is as "a museum" to visit Cardwell Electric headquarters in Nashville.

Years later, my nephew was moving to Nashville to attend Grad school and we thought about throwing him a party...it was close to Veterans Day and it was THEN I thought "a 23 year old kid in "Music City" doesn't need a "party" JOHN CARDWELL needs a party - an HONOR party! So, you inspired us to hold a Veteran's Honor party in our home/backyard. We did this for many years (until "Covid", and averaged about 130 with 15-30 Veterans - bonfires, band, National Anthem each military service song being song by Holly Marcrom and her husband Lee Marcom playing the Trumpet - we would say the Pledge of Allegience and all together sing the National Anthem.

You, John, to me - always had a "joie de vivre" JOY of LIFE! Websters: "Keen or buoyant enjoyment of life//he radiates a vitalizing energy, the zest and gaiety of an inexhaustible "hoie de vivre" -ONCE you accepted someone as a friend - NO EXCEPTIONS no conditions - you were a lifetime friend.

You inspired me, John. I was, and will always be, deeply grateful for your service to our country; to all your comrades in arms who died in service with you (and, before and since....my father was WWII Army Captain).

Thank you, Brother John, for all you did to inspire, guide, and lift up ALL who knew you/all around you.

May you rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.
I love and miss you, John.

Carole Starr

Melody Meadors

January 30, 2021

John, was like a second dad to my son (Roy) and taught him so much. Thank you.
It was always a delight to see him and the dogs in his truck out and about. Always a wave and a big smile. Our thoughts are with the Cardwell family. Ollie and Melody Meadors

Diane McElhiney

January 26, 2021

John, my dear John. I'm so proud of you, you did it your way and died at home with family surrounding you. Don't forget you were gonna give a message to someone for me. I loved you and Roxanne so much.

We'll see you on the other side, God Speed my best friend!

All my love!

Diane

Jennifer Hayes Davis

January 26, 2021

John was my second dad, the Cardwells my second family. I spent more time at their house than my own, saw him more than my own dad. Every single time I would walk in the door he would say “Jennifer I haven’t seen you in a month of Sundays”. I have tons of great memories with him. The tire swing, the horn on the ‘57, him taking us horseback riding, the Mexican restaurant, etc. He would do whatever he could to help anyone. I’m so sad he’s gone but so relieved he is no longer in any pain. May he Rest In Peace for eternity.

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