In Memory of Mr. Gerald 'Jerry' Carden



Gerald Thomas "Jerry" Carden

Nashville, TN

Gerald Thomas "Jerry" Carden, died at age 85 on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015. A true Christian gentleman and life-long conservative, Jerry was passionately devoted to his faith, his family and his country. 

Jerry was born in Chicago on February 5, 1930 to John M. and Amelia Naudon Carden. He had family roots in Louisiana and there developed his lifelong love of Traditional Dixieland Jazz.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Flanigen Carden, and their three children, Matthew (Kerry) Carden of Nashville, Amy (Chris) Conlan of Bethesda, MD and Elizabeth (Clay) Phillips of Nashville and special nephew, Will (Lisa) Cahalan. Also survived by nine grandchildren, Alison Carden, Erin Carden, John Carden, Christopher Conlan, Mark Carden, Caroline Conlan, Michael Conlan, Margaret Flanigen Phillips, Cecilia Phillips; numerous nieces and nephews; dear friend Johnny Moses.

Jerry attended Leo High School in Chicago and was recruited to Vanderbilt University in 1948 as a quarterback. While at Vanderbilt he was president of the Catholic Newman Center and ATO Fraternity. After graduation, Jerry served in the United States Navy and attained the rank of captain. He began his career with WSM-TV in Nashville before founding Carden & Cherry, which would become one of the most successful advertising firms in the Southeast. He and his business partner, John Cherry, developed the Ernest commercials and subsequent movies. They also founded 1220 Exhibits, one of the nation's premiere trade show and museum fabricators.

Jerry was committed to service and spent considerable time as president of boards of the Catholic Foundation of Tennessee, the Serra Club, Newman Center and served on the boards of the Dominican Campus, Mary, Queen of Angels, Villa Maria Manor, Tennessee Right to Life and was a trustee of Media Research Foundation. He was the recipient of the Nashville Advertising Federation's Silver Award for Lifetime Achievement.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m. at Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Ave. Visitation will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Fleming Center. Honorary Pallbearers will be Employees of Carden & Cherry and 1220 Exhibits.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dominican Campus, Tennessee Right to Life or Alive Hospice. 

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