Obituary of Glen Caruthers
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Wade Glen Caruthers, Jr
Cedar Grove - Wade Glen Caruthers Jr, 81, died October 16, 2011 after a brief illness. Glen was born in Orange County on January 30, 1930 to the late Wade and Mozelle Watkins Caruthers.
Funeral services will be held at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church on Wednesday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with the family receiving friends afterward in the church fellowship hall.
Glen graduated from Aycock High School and attended NC State University. After serving in the US Army, he returned home in the mid-50's to join his father on the family dairy farm. Over the next 50 years Cedar Grove Farm developed one of the finest herds of Registered Holsteins in the country, earning many distinctions including the Progressive Breeders Registry and Progressive Genetics Herd Awards. Over the years, with his wife Edna often accompanying him, Glen traveled throughout the US and abroad as an ambassador for the dairy cattle industry. He served multiple terms on the board of directors of Holstein USA, was a frequent delegate to its national convention and was inducted into the North Carolina State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame in 2007.
A community servant throughout his life, Glen was elected to the Orange County Board of Education in the late 1960's and served on the board of directors of Central Carolina Bank in Hillsborough for many years. He was a charter member of the Cedar Grove Ruritan Club and a faithful member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, where he held many offices and leadership roles over the years. Glen lived life with a unique sense of grace, humility and good humor. He loved his family, his farm, church, travel, NC State and especially enjoyed the friendships he made with people along the way. He enjoyed a good story, good laugh and Sunday evening dinners with friends at Huey's.
Glen is survived by Edna Crew Caruthers, his wife of 57 years, and daughters Susan Gentry (Jim) of Greensboro, Kathy Shambley (Johnny) of Cedar Grove, Carol Lovingood (Joe) of Efland and Sara Dyson (Bill) of High Point. Left with loving memories of their "Daddy Glen" are grandchildren Leslie, James and Rachel Gentry; Lillian and Julia Lovingood; and Madison and Kate Dyson. Glen was also predeceased by his sister, Peggy Caruthers Grainger.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church building fund, designated in the memo line as "new construction" (PO Box 138 Cedar Grove NC 27231). Memorials may also be made to the Central Carolina Holstein Association (Attn: Lynn Mann 1486 Manco Dairy Road Pittsboro NC 27312).
The family wishes to express its appreciation to the staff at Duke University Medical Center for its care of Glen during his illness. Arrangements are entrusted to Walker's Funeral Home in Hillsborough.