Mr. Bishop (GA) – Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure and honor to extend my sincerest congratulations to Mrs. Helen Myers Long Cordell, a beloved citizen of Albany, Georgia, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Sunday, March 18, 2012. On this special and momentous day, she will be honored by her family and friends at a celebration at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany.
Mrs. Cordell was born on March 18, 1912 in Chipley, Florida to Albert Addison Myers and Meddie Fryer Myers. She spent her early childhood in Chipley but after the sudden passing of her father, the family moved to Albany, Georgia in 1924 before then moving to Rome, Georgia.
Mrs. Cordell is a graduate of Rome High School and she received a bachelor’s degree in education from Shorter College.
As an advocate for quality education for all of our nation’s children, Mrs. Cordell served as a teacher in Columbus, Georgia from 1933-1944; at Albany High School in Albany, Georgia from 1946-1959; and at Albany Vocational School from 1959-1968. She was very dedicated to her role of properly instructing young people and helping them to reach their full potential.
As a testimony to her endearing charisma and her devotion to her pupils, the students and faculty of Albany High School dedicated their annual yearbook, The Thronateeska, to her in 1955. She also actively participated in various educational associations and was a member of many community organizations including the Albany Garden Club and Gold Star Wives.
During World War II, she married Master Sergeant Wayne C. Long on October 9, 1943. Sadly, Master Sergeant Long was killed while serving his country at the Battle of the Bulge on December 20, 1944.
On October 19, 1968, she married Joel J. Cordell, the longtime Superintendent of Dougherty County Schools. They were happily married for many years before his passing in 1988.
Always active in her church, Mrs. Cordell was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Albany for many years. Following her marriage to Mr. Cordell, she became a longtime member of Sherwood Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and held a leadership role in the activities of the church.
As fate would have it, I had the great pleasure of serving in the U.S. House of Representatives with Mrs. Cordell’s nephew, former U.S. Congressman Earl Hutto, who dutifully represented Florida’s 1st Congressional District from 1979 until his retirement in 1995.
Mr. Speaker, in closing I ask that my colleagues join me in paying tribute to Mrs. Cordell, a beloved educator and inspiring figure, as she and her loved ones prepare to celebrate her 100th birthday. I commend her for her exceptional work of educating the generations of young people who have grown into teachers, entrepreneurs, and leaders and helped build a stronger foundation for Georgia and for our nation.
Happy Birthday Mrs. Cordell! May god continue to bless you and may you have many, many more years of peace and happiness.