Colonel David Ellis Cardin passed away August 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Bettie Jo Smith Cardin. He is survived by his daughter, Becca Shannon Cardin, and her son, Noah Thomas Cardin; his son William Summerhill Cardin, his wife, Dr. Dana Cardin, and their children, Henry Summerhill Cardin and Eleanor Catherine Cardin, as well as dear family friend William Rhoades and his husband, Craig McNamara.
David attended veterinary school at Auburn University, where he met Bettie Jo. After graduation he joined the U. S. Air Force. David was the only medical officer to serve two terms in Vietnam; after the war he attended Missouri State University where he received his master’s degree in Public Health. He served his country for over 20 years, retiring as a full Colonel in 1990, at which time he and Bettie Jo opened their own veterinary practice, Ellis Memorial Animal Hospital.
David will be remembered for his brilliant mind, quick wit, and kind heart. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
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My deep condolences go to the Cardin family on the loss of your precious loved one. Losing a loved one is never easy. The emotional pain & emptiness is so real. But, I would like to share what helped us when our daughter fell asleep in death and recently my beloved husband of 50 years.
It was indeed the gift that the Most High God gave to each & everyone of us. And that is His written Word the Bible. In it contains many many words of comfort. I would like to share what has and is helping me. Please, notice God's son Jesus comforting view of death. At John 11:11-14 it brings out that Jesus viewed death as one sleeping. And not that one is here or there. I wondered will I see my loved ones again? And from the Scriptures the answer is "yes."
Please, notice these few Scriptures: Isaiah 33:24(No more sickness) Revelation 21:4(No more pain, sorrow or death) John 5:28, 29(the Resurrection hope). And, it says where at Psalm 37:11 & Psalm 37:29 brings out how long that will last. As you ponder over these few Scriptures may it bring you some comfort knowing the Most High God will fulfill His promises(Psalm 83:18 & Titus 1:2).
Sent in deep sympathy,
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Submitted by Sissy Dixon on Aug 18 2017 07:22:16 AM
Our hearts go out to
Our hearts go out to David's family.
Submitted by Jane Pride on Aug 12 2017 09:20:36 AM
I am so sad to hear of my childhood friend's passing. David, Caroline (Sledge), Barbara Holt Smith and I were together most of the time in the summer in North Florence growing up. David and I were in the same grade in high school, and I tried to always be his lab partner in Biology not only because he was so smart but also he would do the dissecting. Great memories and great childhood. I always knew he would be successful as a Vet or anythng he chose to do. Johnnie Sue (Thompson) Staples
Submitted by Johnnie Sue Staples on Aug 11 2017 03:35:38 PM
RIP. Remembering a Coffee '58 classmate.
Submitted by Joe Quillen on Aug 11 2017 08:33:04 AM
Long ago memories from a classmate - my sympathy to all of David's survivors. He was a friend whose wit is not forgotten. Anne Evans Donnell
Submitted by Anne Evans Donnwll on Aug 10 2017 10:55:48 PM
Col Cardin Thanks for your service...May you Rest in Peace
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