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Allen "Big Al" Cardwell

Obituary for Allen "Big Al" Cardwell

March 9, 1937 - July 4, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana | Age 78


Allen "Big Al" Cardwell, 78, passed away peacefully July 4, 2015 at his home in Indianapolis, Indiana surrounded by loved ones.

Allen was born on March 9, 1937 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His mother Helen Bailey Johnson and sisters Helen Pearl Miles, Valencia Jean Jones and Joan Elizabeth Jackson preceded him in death.

Allen married Thelma Bentley on January 25, 1962. To this union they brought two daughters into this world, Monica Ann Cardwell and Jeannine Marie Cardwell.

He graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1955. Allen served in the United States Army Reserve from August 1960 to January 1966. He also studied at the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Allen worked for Ford Motor Co., Indianapolis, Indiana for 30 years and retired December 1992.

His passion was creating metal sculptures, but not just any metal sculptures. He would weld copper tubing to make the frame and then use a 1/8th inch brass rod to fill it in. From this passion he started "Everything in Metal Sculpture by Allen Cardwell" custom welding. Allen's artworks have been shown in many statewide exhibits and Indiana Images-African American Visual Artists Exhibit; and he received front-page pictorial coverage in the Indianapolis News. He was an active exhibitor at the Indianapolis Convention Center Black Expo. He also has received First place and recognition for several of his sculptures. They are totally AMAZING to see.

He also liked working on cars from the body work, painting to mechanic work and he enjoyed watching every cowboy show to western movie that would come on television. We cannot forget the dogs he has had Chico, Frostie and Chance to name a few.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his companion Linda Overton, Monica Spencer, one sister Myrtle Pinckney of Compton, California, daughters Monica Archie (Albert) of Spring, Texas, Jeannine Austin (Derrick) of Atlanta, Georgia, three grandchildren Albert II, Nastashia and Kayla of Spring, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The Family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Serina Hayes, Alea Hayes-Davis, John Jones, Karen Levester and Jeanette Quinonez for their time and support which allowed Allen to remain at home during his illness. With additional Thanks to the IU Health Hospice team, especially to Kimberly Card and Toni Bradley for the special care they extended to Allen.

At his request the service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society in his name.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Donate to the American Cancer Society
  • Donate to the American Diabetes Association

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