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Obits: Joe Cagle

Joe Cagle 

July 13, 2014 

Mr. Joe Cagle, devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather died July 13, 2014 at his home in Bermuda Run. Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma he was one of 6 children of the late Lillie Belle (Joyce) Melott Cagle and I.B. (Bill) Cagle. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Collins and a brother, Wendall Cagle. He was proud of his Native American Pottawatomi heritage. His great grandmother was one of the original five families establishing the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma. Joe received a B.S. degree from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley J. Cagle, daughters Jennifer Whyman (Dan) of St. Louis and Jill O’Dea (Kevin) of Portland, OR., grandchildren Erica, Tim and Ben of St. Louis., sisters Carol Kuenstler (Oscar) of Elephant Butte, NM and Linda Teal (Jim) of Rockport, TX, brother Keith Cagle (Sandi) of Rockport, TX. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Mr. Cagle had 37 years of service in the chemical industry with Nalco Chemical Company, W.R. Grace and Betz-Dearborn. His career involved many corporate relocations because of his ability as a problem solver. He often referred to himself as a “corporate gypsy” and loved the challenge of making his salespeople successful and mentoring them. He was a lifetime member of the American Chemical Society. After a move to Charlotte, North Carolina Joe fell in love with the beautiful state and its’ people. He chose to return to North Carolina when he retired in 1998. He looked forward to many days on the golf course at Bermuda Run with good friends and neighbors. Discovering Sawtooth School of Visual Arts, he quickly became involved with the art world in Winston-Salem. After exploring painting, he decided pottery was where he belonged. “Playing in the dirt” was his passion and joy for many years. He became a member of Associated Artists and a founding member of the Muddy River Art Association. He is a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church in Clemmons. After rescuing a very large white greyhound he decided he needed an easier way to bathe “Tony” so with friends Lee Reynolds, Sam Zaffino and Don House he designed and opened “Go Dog Wash” on Jonestown Rd. in 2004. After 7 years of helping dogs in Winston-Salem be clean and beautiful, he retired for a second time to devote full time to his pottery. His home studio provided many enjoyable hours for teaching relatives and friends how to make an “original” work of art. Over the years he served as a mentor to his business associates and to many friends. He was always actively involved in each neighborhood where he resided and participated in many civic and philanthropic endeavors. Joe embodied the meaning of support and encouragement to each member of his family and they were told often how much he loved them and how proud he was of them. The world is a better place because of the life and love Joe shared. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, 108 E. Kinderton Way, Advance, NC 27006. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service. Interment will be at a later date at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City, Ok. The family would like to express their gratitude for the care and compassion of Dr. John Sweeney, Wendy Curri, Dr. Eugene Paschold and Paula. Also, gratitude and appreciation to the caring staff of the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home and Hospice of Davie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Joe to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, 27103 or Davie Community Foundation, P.O. Box 546, Mocksville, NC 27208.