Dr. Aristides Cardona, 89, passed quietly to Glory on May 5, 2016, while surrounded by his beloved wife and six children.
He was predeceased by his parents, Graciana and Alcides, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico; sister, Luz Caban; and brothers, Hector (Toin) and Rene.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Tamara Vaughn Cardona, and children, Kristin Cardona M.D. of Lenoir City, TN; Vaughn Cardona DMA of Dayton, TN; Bonnie Stockton (Eddy) of Monticello, KY; Linda Caruthers (Joe) of Lenoir City, TN; Renee Clayton (Thomas M.D.) of Crossville, TN; and Maria Coulter (Brett) of Maryville, TN. He is also survived by his grandchildren, David, Amanda, Cassondra, Lindsey, Joseph, Bradley, Brian and Madison, and seven most precious great grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Lydia Cuevas and Almena de Jesus, both of Weston Florida; and sister, Irma Cardona of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Coming from deep poverty in the mountains of Puerto Rico, he was awarded scholarships to attend college and attended medical school in Syracuse, NY, before moving to Crossville, TN. Dr. Cardona was the first Board Certified surgeon to be recruited to Cumberland County in 1957 and was involved in the construction of the old Cumberland Clinic. He moved to Celina, TN, in 1966 where he opened the Clay County Hospital, which is still in operation today. He was an avid golfer and softball player and was instrumental in starting the women's church softball league in Crossville, TN. He also coached several winning teams in Celina, TN, and Albany, KY. He spent some years working in Albany, KY, and then Hyden, KY, before returning to Celina, TN, and retirement.
Dr. Cardona became a man of passionate faith and was a scholar of the Word of God. His faith sustained him and spread throughout his family. His legacy remains.
Memorial services will be held at Vaughn Cemetery in Alpine, TN, later in May.