James L. Cordell

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James L. Cordell
AIKEN, SC - James Lloyd Cordell, of Aiken, SC (formerly of Ashtabula, Ohio), passed away unexpectedly in Spring-field, Missouri on May 24, 2014, while attending a family wedding.
Jim was born in Salamanca, NY on July 23, 1927, to William D. and Ruby (Kiser) Cordell. He graduated from Niagara Falls, NY High School in 1945 and enlisted in the United States Navy. After the end of World War II, Jim enrolled at St. Petersburg (FL) Junior College, then attended Union College (Schenectady, NY). He graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1951 where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. After college, he worked for Hooker Detrex Chemical Company in Ashtabula.
Jim married Barbara Warren on August 23, 1952 in Ashtabula. After a second tour serving in the Navy, they returned to Ashtabula in 1956 to raise their growing family, and he began working for the Ashtabula Bow Socket. ABS moved the family to Auburn, IN in 1961 where Jim became the General Manager of Crane Edmund Corporation (an ABS subsidiary) and then to Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1966 where he managed a sales office that focused on products for the automotive industry. The family returned to Ashtabula in 1969 when Jim was appointed as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ABS. He left ABS in 1977, and he and Robert Weiner formed Triad Salvage in Ashtabula in 1978. Triad scrapped several lake freighters in the 5 1/2 Slip in the Ashtabula Harbor. He retired from Triad in 1988. Jim was elected to the Board of Directors of Peoples Savings and Loan in 1980, and retired from the Board in 1984. He and Barbara built a retirement home in Aiken, SC in 1990 moving seasonally between Ashtabula and Aiken until 2010 when they became permanent residents of SC.
While in Ashtabula, Jim was a member of the Ashtabula Country Club, Elks Club, Ashtabula County Touchdown Club and First Presbyterian Church. For many years, he (along with Gene Gephart and Pat Sheldon) was the voice of Ashtabula County high school football and basketball as a broadcaster for WREO/WFUN AM 970. He received numerous awards from the Touchdown Club for his broadcasting, and was inducted into the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame in 2006. In Aiken, he was a member of the Palmetto Golf Club and Woodside Plantation Country Club, South Aiken Presbyterian Church, the 50+ Club and the Pacer Club. He enjoyed attending USCA Pacer basketball games as well as performances at the Aiken Performing Arts Center. He regularly played golf in the "Dogfight" at the Palmetto.
His love of golf was well known, and he was a certified golf rules official with the USGA. He officiated amateur golf tournaments all over the country. He and Barbara loved to travel. They visited Scotland three times to play golf and see the British Open. He also attended the Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA, every year since 1961, including as a radio broadcaster for WFUN from 1980 to 1998. He was also a licensed pilot and for several years owned a Cessna 172 aircraft.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (June 14, 2012). He is survived by sons, Bradford W. (Karen) of Annapolis, MD, and Stuart W. (Kimberly) of Ashtabula, OH, and daughter, Janet L. Armstrong (Russell), of Bellevue, Washington; five grandchildren: Brian (Laura) of Tampa, FL; Alan (Amanda) of Lakewood, OH; Elise James (Matthew) of Tampa, FL; Bethany of Tampa, FL; and Hannah Hill (Brian) of Kindsbach, Germany; his great-granddaughter, Eliza-beth Cordell, of Tampa, FL; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held at South Aiken Presbyterian Church, 1711 Whiskey Road, Aiken, on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 10:00 am, with the Rev. Dr. Christopher Crotwell officiating. Following the service, the family will receive friends for light refreshments at The Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road, Aiken. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to South Aiken Presbyterian Church or Friends of the Animal Shelter (fotasaiken.org). www.ducro.com
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on June 8, 2014
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