James Cardin Jr., 76, of Cleveland, Tn., died on Monday, October 31, 2011.
He was a member of Southview Baptist Church where he received Christ into his heart. James “Pop” was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. All his life he worked around 18 wheelers and wood; this legacy he passed onto his sons. He had the look in his eyes of a man, who has had hardships, but he rose to the challenge and he won.
He is preceded in death by his Father and mother, James “Jim” and Rebecca Cardin; his brothers, Billy Cardin, Edwin Cardin and Lester Cardin; and sister, Mary Cardin.
Survivors include his three sisters, Elizabeth Stevenson, Marie Ledford, and Patricia Miksa all of Cleveland; his ex-wife, Mary Ruth Branam; his five sons, Jimmy and Debbie Carden of Cleveland, Jerry and Denise Cardin of Benton, Jackie and Melissa Cardin of Cleveland, Jeffery and Jackie Cardin of Cleveland and James and Rhonda Cardin of Georgetown; his three step-children, Franklin and Ginger Cardin, William Branam and Karen Cardin all of Cleveland; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 2 p.m. at Southview Baptist Church. Internment will follow in Michigan Avenue Cemetery. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Southview Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 3836, Cleveland, TN 37320-3836.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.