Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Jewell’s brother passes away

Retired BJ columnist Jewell Cardwell’s brother, Joseph Cardwell, passed away Thursday, March 31.

Jewell’s BJ farewell came with the 2014 buyout binge, when Kim Hone-McMahan succeeded her. Kim retired from the BJ herself on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Jewell and I have a common thread: Her relatives once lived in the Sycamore Coal Company camp of Cinderella, West Virginia, which is adjacent to Williamson.

I met my late wife, Monnie Elizabeth Turkette Olesky, when Monnie was living in Cinderella. She was one of the Cinderella Girls (“We put our hair in curls,” part of that song goes).

Monnie passed away Feb. 4, 2004. In September of that year, Paula Stone Tucker returned to my life. She was away in California for more than two decades but had returned to Akron to be with her then-ailing parents, Paul and Jane Stone, who has since passed away.

I was assistant State Desk editor and Paula was one of my reporters who had the privilege of covering Medina and Wayne counties.

Joseph’s obituary:

Joseph H. Cardwell, Jr.

Joseph H. Cardwell Jr., 67, Airforce Chief Master Sgt., retired, transitioned from his earthly journey March 31, 2016 from Maison Aine/Arbors of Stow. He was the dear brother, of Jewell Cardwell.

He also is survived by a son, Joseph, with the U.S. Army; aunt, Marie Hairston of Akron; Frances Stone who was like a surrogate mother throughout his illness; his buddies in Tucson and other family and friends.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Words of Comfort at 11:30 a.m. at Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, Ohio. In lieu of flowers , monetary donations should be made to Haven of Rest Ministries.


Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Apr. 5, 2016

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