Donald Wayne Cordell, Sr.

Born in Nashville, TN on January 17, 1938

Departed on December 20, 2013 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Cordell, Sr. Donald Wayne – Age 75 of Hendersonville, TN. Wayne was born on January 17, 1938 in Nashville, TN and passed away on December 20, 2013. He is preceded in death by his sister, Bobbie. Survived by his children, Sheryl Sumpter, Don Cordell, David Cordell and Dayna Smith (Tim); grandchildren, David Cordell, Rachel Martin (Ryan), Dallas Richards & Devin Aydelott; great-grandchildren, Sean Mattice, Noah Martin, Annabell Martin; mother, Elizabeth Turner, sister Shirley Rossa (Thom). Additionally, Wayne leaves behind countless friends and “family” beyond description.
Wayne was a very proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and will be buried in the National Cemetery in Madison, TN. When Wayne was out of the Navy, he chose the field of Transportation as his career. He spent some 35 plus years in the industry and in addition he was a member of the Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity, Volunteer Chapter #135, Nashville, TN. Wayne was very active with this group until his health began to work against him. He was instrumental in beginning the campaign to gather canned goods for the Nashville Rescue Mission each year at Christmas. He served as a Director on the Board of Directors in addition to having served as a Committee Chair as well. In lieu of flowers, family and close friends request donations be made in Wayne’s honor to; The Scholarship Fund, % Delta Nu Alpha Transportation, Post Office Box 1702, Hendersonville, TN 37077. A scholarship in Wayne’s honor will be presented in June. A Life Celebration will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM for family, friends and associates to Respectfully and with Dignity honor Wayne’s life. This will be held at Woody’s Steakhouse, 2424 Gallatin Pike, Madison, TN.

11 Comments to Donald Wayne Cordell, Sr.

  1. Dayna
    December 22, 2013 7:12 pm

    we are having a celebration of life for him 1-17-2014 (his birthday) at Woody’s Steakhouse in Hendersonville from 6-8pm

  2. Sam and Carolyn Compton
    January 10, 2014 11:46 am

    Wayne was a good friend ! We will miss him !

  3. Jim
    January 10, 2014 12:02 pm

    Everyone should be so lucky as to have a friend such as Wayne was to many of us. We had a tight knit group and yes, on occasion, we all didn’t agree, but there was nothing that Wayne wouldn’t have done for any of us. He will be missed and I am Thankful for having had the opportunity to have known him.

  4. Pat
    January 10, 2014 1:08 pm

    He was a very dear friend who is and will continue to be deeply missed. I am so thankful to have known him and been such close friends with him for the past few years. Our entire group of friends loved him so very much, as did I.

  5. Shirley
    January 10, 2014 2:26 pm

    I am thankful that I had the opportunity to have known Wayne. Our group of friends will miss him.

  6. Christopher Burns
    January 11, 2014 12:08 am

    I was lucky to have met and befriended Wayne when I got involved with the local transportation club in Nashville. He was always open to discussions that were both industry related and later personal conversations about life in general. Wayne was a true friend. I will miss his council and advice that he was always willing to share no matter how bad a day he may have had or was having. Safe travels Wayne as you enter the next chapter and know you are looking down at all of us and keeping watch until we meet again…Miss you Wayne.

  7. Dayna
    January 12, 2014 9:52 am

    Dad was an amazing person and would give the shirt off his back to a complete stranger if they needed it, thanks everyone for all the kind words. I miss him so much and so thankful to have had him as my daddy. til we meet again dad

  8. Carla & David
    January 13, 2014 10:25 am

    We were blessed and our lives richer because of our friendship with Wayne. Every time we all were together, he would always say, let’s do this more often because it was such fun. He was a trusted and caring friend who will be missed by so many. I have no doubt, Wayne will continue to be with us all in our hearts.

  9. Gary
    January 15, 2014 2:53 pm

    I knew Wayne for many years through our jobs in the transportation industry,. Later we became friends and started hanging out with a group of others. We had a lot of fun and bought and sold the world many times over around the table at the Italian Grill many a night. He will be greatly missed.

  10. Sue Spero
    January 16, 2014 11:24 am

    Wayne was frank, honest and a wonderful consult. I respected his opinions that he had no fear of sharing. He was good -hearted and would lend a helping hand when it was needed. He will be sorely missed, and his life will be celebrated with good works as he would want.

  11. Dick Frakes
    July 18, 2014 10:28 pm

    I called wayne around twice per year to chat and catch up on each others lives. I tried calling him yesterday and was afraid of what I would find out when his phone was disconnected. He was the absolute best dispatcher I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Wayne was a true friend. I’ll think about him often. A great one of a kind man.
    Dick and Sandy Frakes
    All Trac Transportation

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