Cover photo for Melvin "Mel" Robert McCardell, III's Obituary
Melvin "Mel" Robert McCardell, III Profile Photo
1950 Melvin "Mel" 2019

Melvin "Mel" Robert McCardell, III

June 19, 1950 — July 16, 2019

Mr. Melvin “Mel” McCardell, III, 69, of Abilene, Texas passed away on July 16, 2019. He was born on June 19, 1950 in Elkton, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin R. McCardell, II and Dorothy McGlothin McCardell; a son, Jimmy McCardell; step-daughter, Felicha Nash; brother, Brian McCardell; and a sister, Helen Cullen.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Jean McCardell; sons, Michael (Amy) McCardell of Woodbury, Mel (Mandy) McCardell of Unionville, Chris McCardell of Woodbury, and Joseph (Rebecca) McCardell of Unionville; daughter, Sheree (Paul Arnold) McCardell of Woodbury; brothers, Greg (Jeryl) McCardell of Maryland, Dennis McCardell of Knoxville, and Scott McCardell of Delaware; as well as 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Mr. McCardell grew up in Maryland but over the years had lived in many different places, including, Tennessee and Texas. He was a veteran of the U S Air Force. During his time in service he met Mrs. Glenda over the phone and they later married. They had celebrated 44 years of marriage in February.

Throughout his life he wasn’t afraid of hard work. While living in Texas he picked up the welding trade working in the oil fields. He saw an opportunity for his own business welding for oil companies. He bought equipment and a truck. This talent for metal working later led him to work with Lemming Ornamental Iron Works in Tennessee. He later started his own company, Mid State Ornamental Iron Works. Projects ranged from apartment buildings to homes of country music stars such as, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Reba McIntyre and others. He had a keen interest in coin collecting, especially, Morgan dollars and the Kennedy half-dollar. He loved his dogs, mainly Chihuahuas, they were like family.

Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 11-2 pm. Funeral service to follow at 2 pm in the chapel. Military funeral honors will be conducted in appreciation of his service.  Share memories and condolences at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net, Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337

To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Melvin "Mel" Robert McCardell, III, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Melvin "Mel" Robert McCardell, III, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Visits: 19

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree