Mary LaMurl Otwell Cordes


Mary LaMurl Otwell Cordes, born April 17, 1933, died March 7, 2018, at Cordova Nursing Home.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 1 until 2 p.m., at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Walker Memory Gardens. There will be no graveside service. Bro. Kenneth Bishop will officiate. 

Mary was a graduate of Jacksonville State in 1957 and taught school at Drummond Elementary for two years and finished her 30-year retirement plan at Fairfield Highlands Elementary School. After retirement, Murl and her husband, Voyt Cordes, moved to Jasper where they attended and worked in the Zion United Methodist Church until the church burned in July 2007; she loved that church. She later attended the First United Methodist Church of Jasper, which she also grew to love very much.

Murl was preceded by in death by her husband, Voyt Cordes; father, Milton Otwell; mother, Flora Woodley Otwell; sister, Mathalena Aaron, and two-year-old brother, Jimmy Dale Otwell. 

She is survived by two brothers, Milton Odean Otwell and Hughdon Otwell; sister, Marie Pate Hardin; nieces, Janice Gibson, Freda Whitten, Vonda Beaty and Anna Otwell; nephews, Kenny Hugh Otwell, Phillip Pate and Andrew Otwell; and a host of friends and members of the Cordes family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd. Wilton, N.H. 03086, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105, in the memory of Murl Cordes.

Friends may sign the guest register at

Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; (205) 384-9503