One thing everyone knew about Sherrill Allen Cadwell is that he was devoted – to his job, his family and every task he took on.
Cadwell, a Troup County Parks and Recreation superintendent for 30 years, died Wednesday when his truck collided head-on with a tractor trailer.
Parks and Recreation director Don Howell said that Cadwell had just received his 30-year employment pin weeks ago and took his job very seriously.
“He was a very dedicated person and wanted everything done correctly,” said Howell. “He did everything wholeheartedly. I can’t really say all the good qualities he possessed.”
Over the years, Cadwell saw a lot of changes in the parks and recreation program, Howell said of the 58-year-old who maintained all parks and ball fields.
“We’re all still in shock,” said Howell. “We all enjoyed working with him and we’re really going to miss him.”
In recent weeks, Cadwell had been helping to prepare the track for today’s Relay for Life event.
He was a “big part of Relay for Life,” said Brenda Leverett, who has been active with Relay for Life for eight years. Cadwell would be on site at the Relay for Life event from start until everyone left the next day, she said.
“He was always the go-to person to get everything done,” Leverett said. “Any time I called him and asked him if he could help, he’d say, ‘I’ll see what I can do.’ And he never let me down.”
Jordan Pye, Cadwell’s 22-year old step-granddaughter, said though not her biological grandfather, Cadwell has been there for her and the family more than some of her biological family.
“He was a wonderful paw paw,” said Pye. “He never missed a beat with any of his grandkids. He’s been there more than my real paw paws even though he didn’t have to be.”
Cadwell attended all of his grandchildren’s baseball and softball games, and never missed any of their birthdays, said Pye.
“He did everything for us,” she said. “He’s always been there. He will be missed beyond belief.”
She said she is grateful that the family was able to spend one last good weekend with Cadwell for Easter this past week.
Troup County Manager Tod Tentler said Cadwell and his crew made Troup County renowned around the state of Georgia for having the best parks and recreation program for a community its size.
“We have one of the best maintained facilities in Georgia because of him and his crew,” said Tentler. “He will not only be missed by parks and rec, but the entire community.”