The Rev. Geraldee Cardin

The Rev. Geraldee (Johnny) Cardin passed away at Fort Roots Veterans Hospital on Dec. 25, 2010, surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ruby Lea DeBerry Cardin in 2005, and a daughter Sarah Lee Cardin in 1958. He was born Jan. 22, 1920 in Greenbrier to the late Jerry and Maude Cardin. He was also preceded in death by his four brothers, Charlie, Dennis, Willie and Russell; and three sisters, Ida, Bonnie and Grace.

He is survived by daughter, Janie Carpenter of Conway and her daughters Lindsey of Virginia, her son Alban; and Brittany of Tennessee; daughter, Lynn Cardin of Bryant and her son Alexander; son, Mark Cardin, his son Cole and his daughter Madison of Florida; and a sister, Lorene of West Virginia.

He graduated from Greenbrier High School, served in the Army Air Corp in World War II with the 380th Bombardment group where he was a Tech Sergeant and aviation instructor at Chanute Field in Kansas and Harvard University. He served a long mission in the Asiatic and Pacific Theater of the war, being stationed in the Philippines and Okinawa.

He was ordained a Baptist Minister in 1950 and was a graduate of Jacksonville Baptist College in Jacksonville, Texas. He pastored several churches in Faulkner County including Barney, Bethlehem and Pleasant Valley, as well as in Florida.

He mortgaged the family home in 1952 to buy the concrete blocks to build the original building for Central Baptist Church. He was the first full time pastor of Central and has been a member of Central since 1974.

He had three things he loved dearly in his life: his family, his church and his garden. He never missed an opportunity to talk about his Savior and hardly ever missed a service when the doors of the church were open. He never met a stranger anywhere he went and laughed and joked throughout his days on this earth. He was beloved and will be sorely missed by his children, family and friends. But those that know and love him also know that a great reunion is now taking place and that he has gone on to take a seat in a better place at the table of his Lord.

Family visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel (501)327-7727. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Central Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

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