Cordell Elrod

Cordell C. Elrod

Sunday, May 20th, 1945 - Monday, July 13th, 2020
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Cordell C. Elrod, age 75 of Cookeville, Tennessee passed from this life Monday, July 13, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born Sunday, May 20, 1945, in Cookeville, Tennessee. He was the son of the late Stant and Vola (Vinson), Elrod.

He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. He was a U.S. Veteran serving in the U.S. Army and retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard as Staff Sergeant. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church. Cordell was a member of the Cookeville Police Department for 32 years, retiring in 2007 at the Rank of Captain.  

Cordell is survived by:

1 son and daughter-in-law:
Jason and Amy Elrod of Murfreesboro, TN

2 grandchildren:
Ethan Elrod and Macy Elrod

1 sister:
Vallie Stevens of College Grove, TN

1 Aunt:
Vera Cumby of Cookeville, TN

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to his parents, Cordell was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Glenda Kay Elrod

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Funeral services for Cordell will be held Friday, July 17, 2020 beginning at 3:00 pm from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Adams officiating. Full honors will be provided by the Cookeville City Police Department. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, July 17, from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 3:00 pm.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home
    800 West Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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  • Service

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 3:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home
    800 West Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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    Bro. Mike Adams
  • Interment

    Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    800 W. Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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Susan Ray

Posted at 11:56am
This picture of Cordell is exactly as I remember him when in the 1980s he and I sat together at the Cookeville Mall as we fingerprinted children. He brought all the materials and made this activity official; I was there as a member of Cookeville Junior Woman's Club, the organization that sponsored the event. I looked forward to and enjoyed every time we did this. Cordell always smiled, laughed, and greeted everyone with kind words. My sympathy to all who loved him. He was an excellent policeman and such a gentleman.
Susan Ray

April Bailey

Posted at 07:37pm
Cordel was alway such a happy man! He was so tall that his height could make him seem foreboding; yet the twinkle in his eyes gave him away every time! He was a joy to everyone he met! And he made everyone he met feel special! That’s a gift from God and he was given that gift! He used it wisely and blessed so many we were blessed to have Cordel Elrond in our lives!

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Butch Welch

Posted at 10:09pm
Cordell worked part time for me at Cookeville Uniform Rental in the early eighties. He was always The perfect gentleman. Always soft spoken, but you knew he could be as strong as he needed to be. I always enjoyed running into him around town over the years. He was a mother cycle policeman at the time. He worn those double layered pants in the hottest part of the summer. One quote from him. “ They are two types of motor cycle riders, Those who have been down and those that are going down. “. RIP Cordell Elrod, my highest respect to you!

Nancy Thorsby

Posted at 10:04pm
Cordell was my cousin, and my friend. Though our paths took us apart for many years, I am very happy to say we had caught up with each other again over the past few years and I will miss him dearly! I always saw so much of his Momma in him. He made me laugh and he was there with a hug when you needed one. He was a good man and he will walk with the Lord. Love you.

Nancy Thorsby

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