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Van William Cuthrell

April 28, 1935 - November 2, 2016

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Van William Cuthrell, 81, passed away peacefully at The Cypress of Raleigh Wednesday. Born in Pantego, NC, he was the son of the late Vera and Caze Cuthrell.

A private service will be held Wednesday the 9th 2016 at 11:00 AM at The Cypress of Raleigh, 8801 Cypress Lakes Drive, Raleigh, NC. Family will receive friends following the service from 11:45am to 1:00pm

He is predeceased by his wife Linda Jones Cuthrell and his older brother Red and sister-in-law Ann, of Elizabeth City, NC and survived by their four sons, and one daughter. Van is also survived by his daughter Peggy Cuthrell Shufelt, son-in-law Ray Shufelt, granddaughter Fleming Shufelt, of High Point, NC, son Huntley Cuthrell, daughter-in-law Aimee Cuthrell, granddaughter Shannon Cuthrell, and grandson Bradford Cuthrell, of Raleigh, NC.

Van, raised in Elizabeth City, NC came to Murfreesboro with his wife Linda in August 1957 after graduating from Guilford College. He came to Murfreesboro High School to teach Biology, General Science, Health & P.E., and coached football, basketball and baseball. Van’s football team was the 1959 Northeastern District Champions.

In 1961, he joined the firm of Revelle Agri-Products selling steel Butler Grain bins and metal storage buildings. He later became President and General Manager in 1967. In 1973-1975 he served two consecutive terms on the Butler Agri-Products National Advisory Council, serving as vice chair his later term. After retiring in 1986 from Revelle Agri-Products for a few years and moving to Raleigh in 1992 he re-entered the work force and joined Steel Dynamics, a commercial builder, in 1994. Van eventually became president of Steel Dynamic and retired again in 2002.

Even though Van left teaching for the world of business, his interest and concern for young people had not left. He served as Chairman of the Murfreesboro Recreation Commission. He served as Chairman of the Youth Council of Murfreesboro Baptist Church where he also was a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. Van also served as Cub Master for Murfreesboro Cub Scouts Troup 125 for two years.

Van and Linda were members of Raleigh Racquet Club where he served as board President. He participated in USTA team tennis and was part of the winning state champions in 2011 for his age group. His other passion for recreational hobbies was sailing. He and Linda spent much time sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and one year sailed north to Nova Scotia then south to the Bahamas.

Van was passionate about his family and deeply loved his wife and children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of their choice.
Posted by:
Charlotte DiLeonardo
Posted on:
November 30, 2016
Van helped us build a building. We learned to respect and admire him. We thought of him as our friend. We are sorry to hear of his passing. May his family find comfort in their many memories of Van. Or condolences. Charlotte and Pat DiLeonardo
Posted by:
bruce stanley
Posted on:
November 9, 2016
Great friend and true southern gentleman. I will miss him.
Posted by:
Fred Castellow
Posted on:
November 7, 2016
RIP Van ! The ECHS Yellow Jackets, will surely remember their great quarterback! Those were the years we will never forget.
You left us with some wonderful memories!
May GOD bless you and keep your family in his HOLY Hands!
Posted by:
Frank Stephenson
Posted on:
November 4, 2016
It is with great sadness that I leaned of the passing of Van who was my football coach at Murfreesboro High School my senior year. All of the players on our team that year had a huge respect for him and responded to his style of coaching. We won more games than we lost that season including a rare win over Rich Square High School on their home field the final game of the season. One of the hallmarks of his style of coaching was to always play fair and play with great sportsmanship even through several of our opponents that year did not adhere to the same values. Van touched many lives and he will be missed. Frank Stephenson, Murfreesboro, NC
Posted by:
melvin young
Posted on:
November 4, 2016
Lit a candle in memory of Van William Cuthrell
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