John Pratt Cardwell

October 18, 1917January 1, 2013

John Pratt Cardwell, 95, of the Preston Community in Martinsville, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at his home. He was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina to Thomas E. and Mollie Pratt Cardwell, and lived most of his life in Martinsville, Virginia. Mr. Cardwell was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Rorrer Cardwell in 2006. They had been married 59 years. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Christian Church for many years, a veteran of the U. S. Army during WWII, and a lifetime member of the VFW where he once served as Commander and Quartermaster. He is survived by two sons, John D. Cardwell and wife, Arlene, of Danville, Virginia and Steven D. Cardwell and wife, Betsy, of Rocky Gap, Virginia; a grandson, Steven Scott Cardwell and wife, Dara, and their daughter, Evelyn Eva Cardwell, of Pulaski, Virginia; two granddaughters, Lindsey E. Cardwell, of Rocky Mount, Virginia and Belinda Rumley of Collinsville, Virginia and her children, David, Mercedes, Robbie, and Tamara. He is also survived by two sisters, Molly C. Wilkins of Murphy, Texas and Becky C. Moore of Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina as well as many loving nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM at McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville with Tim Mills officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Glenn’s Chapel Church Cemetery at 752 Glenn’s Chapel Church Road, Stoneville, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Grove Christian Church, 5232 Preston Road, Martinsville, VA 24112. To express condolences on line, please visit


  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 6, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 6, 2013

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Lisa Thompon

January 7, 2013

Daniel and Steve and families,

We were very sorry to hear about Uncle John. He will be missed so much. He touched so many lives with his kindness and clever, quick wit! He was so happy to have had the chance to meet his new great granddaughter and told us about it in his Christmas card. I know my mother Becky will miss her phone calls with the big brother that always spoiled her and made sure she took care of herself.

Our love,

Lisa, Mike, Alysha and David Thompson

January 7, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family...R.L. Boone

Elizabeth Kendrick

January 7, 2013

Thoughts are with you and your family Steve.

Becky Moore

January 6, 2013

Sending love and sympathy to two special nephews, I will miss your Dad's caring ways and talking often with him.
Love, Aunt "Becky"

Jason & Valerie Laney

January 6, 2013

Steve, we are so sorry for your loss,our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.The Laney Family

Donald St.Clair

January 6, 2013

Steve,May God Bless you and your Family and the loss of your Father.

Marty Pires

January 6, 2013

Steve and family, We hope that all the good memories of a long life help comfort you through this sad time, and that those memories will carry on your fathers spirit on this earth to all your family. Marty & Nancy

Brian Riffe

January 6, 2013

To the Cardwell Family; My family and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. The Riffe family. (Bland VA)

Daniel Wilkins

January 5, 2013

Daniel and Steve,

We were saddened to hear of the loss of your father. John was truly a special brother to our Mother.

It is wonderful he had a long and productive life. He was such a hard worker and was always so fun to be with during our summer vacations.

Please know our family will be here for you so please let us know of anything that we can do. Our thoughts and prays are with you during this time.

Love always,

The Wilkins Family
Mollie, Daniel, and James

Everett Frost

January 5, 2013

Steve,I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your Father, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, Please let me know.