James L Cordell '51

Jim Cordell '51James Lloyd Cordell, of Aiken, SC entered the Chapter Eternal in Springfield, Missouri on May 24, 2014. He was 86. He died unexpectedly, while attending a family wedding.

Jim was born in Salamanca, NY on July 23, 1927, graduating from Niagara Falls, NY High School in 1945. He enlisted in the United States Navy and, after the end of World War II, enrolled at St. Petersburg (FL) Junior College and then Union College (Schenectady, NY). He graduated from Denison University in 1951 where he was a member of Sigma Chi. He then started his career working for Hooker Detrex Chemical Company in Ashtabula, OH.

Jim married Barbara Warren on August 23, 1952 in Ashtabula and, after a second tour serving in the Navy, returned to Ashtabula in 1956 to raise their growing family. He then began work for the Ashtabula Bow Socket Company that soon moved him and his family to Auburn, IN, where, in 1961, he became General Manager of subsidiary Crane Edmund Corporation. In another move to Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1966, he managed a sales office that focused on products for the automotive industry. The family returned to Ashtabula in 1969 when Jim was appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ashtabula Bow Socket.
 
Drawn into entrepreneurship, in 1977 he and a business partner formed Triad Salvage in Ashtabula, a company that salvaged several lake freighters. After retiring from Triad in 1988, Jim was elected to the Board of Directors of Peoples Savings and Loan (1980-84).
 
He and Barbara built a retirement home in Aiken, SC in 1990 moving seasonally between Ashtabula and Aiken until 2010 when they became permanent South Carolina residents.

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 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, Georgia, every year beginning in 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 and a great-granddaughter; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.


All honor to his name.

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