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Resolution RS2019-1753

A resolution honoring the life, legacy, and public service of Metropolitan Trustee Charles Edward ("Charlie") Cardwell.

WHEREAS, on May 13, 2019, Charles Edward (“Charlie”) Cardwell -- a beloved public servant and long-serving Metropolitan Trustee -- passed away following a brief illness at the age of 83; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Cardwell was born on January 21, 1936 to Charles Estel (“Snooks”) Cardwell and Naomi Odell Cantrell Cardwell -- both public servants and small business owners in Nashville. Mr. Cardwell’s father served as a policeman, then detective, and later as a Councilman and grocery store owner. His mother ran the grocery store, advocated for her community, and raised the couple’s four children, all of whom -- including Mr. Cardwell and his siblings Paul, Donnie, and Peggy -- eventually dedicated their lives and careers to Nashville; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Cardwell served his country honorably in the United States Navy as a Navy Hospital Corpsman. Later, he attended David Lipscomb College and the University of Tennessee, Nashville where he studied accounting and eventually became a Certified Public Administrator. In 1958, Mr. Cardwell began working for the city of Nashville as a Junior Accountant. He then served the newly-formed Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County as Auditor (1963-68), Assistant Chief Accountant (1968-74), Chief Accountant (1974-81), and eventually as Director of Finance (1981-88). In 1988, Mr. Cardwell served as Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, in 1993, Mr. Cardwell was appointed Metropolitan Trustee for Davidson County -- a position to which he was repeatedly re-elected by a grateful public no less than six times in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. He maintained this office for over 25 years; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Cardwell’s devotion to Nashville and Davidson County was rivaled only by his deep and abiding devotion to his wife, Anna Marie Dorris, whom he married in 1958. The two remained blissfully united for 60 years before Mrs. Cardwell’s untimely death on March 1, 2019 -- just two months prior to Mr. Cardwell’s own passing. She was his partner in life, his biggest fan, and most ardent supporter. Together, they raised two children -- Charles Jeffrey Cardwell and Christie Marie Cardwell White -- and five grandchildren: Abigail, Alex, Amelia, Ethan and Haden; and

WHEREAS, as a consummate public servant, Mr. Cardwell was widely regarded for his humility, honesty, kindness, and a dedication to public service that endeared him to all. His departure from the Office of the Trustee will be deeply felt by countless members of the public and his family of fellow Metropolitan Government employees who so largely benefitted from his professionalism and thoughtful guidance; and

WHEREAS, throughout his life, Mr. Cardwell was also engaged in a wide variety of civic and professional organizations, boards, and commissions, through which he further served his community. His memberships included the Governmental Finance Officers’ Association, the Association of Governmental Accountants, the National League of Cities, the Greater Nashville Regional Council, Middle Tennessee Trustees’ Association, Leadership Nashville, the County Officials Association of Tennessee, the Tennessee Trustees’ Association, the United Way Cabinet, the Senior Citizens Board President, the American Heart Association, the County Officials Association of TN Board, the Rotary Club Executive Board, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Board, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Bethlehem Centers of Nashville Board. Mr. Cardwell was also active as a 32nd Degree Mason, as well as with Al Menah Temple and the Nashville Rotary Club; and

WHEREAS, throughout his illustrious career, the accolades and awards bestowed upon Mr. Cardwell numbered too many to thoroughly recite, but included the Outstanding County Official Award – County Officials Association of Tennessee (1998); the Good Guy Award, Nashville Women’s Political Caucus (1999); SAGE Award, Council on Aging (2001); Salute to Excellence – the KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year Award (2002); Tennessee’s Outstanding Trustee by the County Officials Association of Tennessee (1998 and 2003); Boys & Girls Clubs Lifetime Achievement Award (2005); and Crowning Achievement Award, Senior Citizens, Inc. (2005) Service to Youth Gold Medallion, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (1999); Harriett Foley Board Leadership Award, Senior Citizens, Inc.; and Staff Champion Award, Senior Citizens, Inc.; and

WHEREAS, it is therefore fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council honor the life, legacy, and public service of Charles Edward Cardwell and express its sincere gratitude and condolences to his family.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as honoring the life, legacy, and public service of Metropolitan Trustee Charles Edward (“Charlie”) Cardwell.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to the family of Mr. Cardwell.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Kathleen Murphy, Freddie O'Connell, Brenda Haywood, DeCosta Hastings, Erica Gilmore, Jonathan Hall, Bill Pridemore, Nancy VanReece, Anthony Davis, Russ Pulley, Tanaka Vercher, Robert Swope, Jeremy Elrod, Sharon Hurt, Mina Johnson, Sheri Weiner, Edward Kindall, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Delishia Porterfield, Jacobia Dowell, Antoniette Lee, Brett Withers, Scott Davis, Steve Glover, Kevin Rhoten, Jeff Syracuse, Mike Freeman, Colby Sledge, Burkley Allen, Davette Blalock, Jason Potts, Fabian Bedne, Angie Henderson, Dave Rosenberg

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedMay 21, 2019

AdoptedMay 21, 2019

ApprovedMay 22, 2019

ByMayor Briley's signature

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