- Last Updated on 11:48 AM 09/06/12
Jerry Walter Cardwell was born on Nov. 25, 1945 in Halifax County, to the late Lorenzo Orange and Esther Mae Terry Cardwell. He was the sixth of seven children from that union. His formative years were spent in the tobacco fields and at Williams Temple CME Church. Life on the farm sparked his curiosity for building things. After graduation from Mary M. Bethune High School, he followed his late brother Freddie to Wash. D.C. where he began a career as a carpenter.
On Sunday September 2, 2012, the angels descended upon Northeast Washington and carried Jerry away to his new home. In Heaven, God’s carpenters pulled out the master blueprint and constructed a masterpiece. This dwelling stood on a solid foundation that healed all sickness and pain. The angels rejoiced. Jerry was home.
He leaves to cherish his memories one loving and devoted daughter, Renee Jeanne Cardwell of Lanham, Md. Three grandchildren; Lamont Cardwell of Orlando, Fla. Nevaeh and Noah Cardwell both of Lanham, Md. Four sisters; Ruth S. Crawley, Celestine Sutphin (Floyd), Brenda C. Spraggins (Michael) and Shirley Cardwell, all of South Boston. Three brothers; Douglas Cardwell, Willard Cardwell (Jacqueline) both of South Boston and James (Buck) Cardwell of South Hill, along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death: Frederick Cardwell, Thomas Lee Cardwell Sr. and Willie Mae Ragsdale.
Services for Mr. Cardwell will be held on Saturday September 8, 2012, with a 1 p.m. viewing and visitation and a 2 p.m. service to follow at the Williams Temple CME Church located at 1155 News Ferry Rd. South Boston, Virginia, 24592; Professional Services Entrusted to Dunn & Sons Funeral Home.