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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Ronnie Wheeler

08/03/1945 ~ 12/13/2018

Services will be held: 12/17/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Sylvia Jean Atkins

03/18/1942 ~ 12/09/2018

Services will be held: 12/13/2018

Copy of Jo Grice web photo

Mary Josephine Allen Grice

1/14/1937 ~ 12/11/2018

Services will be held: 12/15/2018

Thomas Wayne Best obit photo

Thomas Wayne Best

04/10/1936 ~ 12/10/2018

Services will be held: 12/15/2018

Jewell Jeffreys photo

Jewell Cooke Jeffreys

1/27/1935 ~ 12/11/2018

Services will be held: 12/15/2018

Charles Boykin Obit Photo

Charles Melvin Boykin

01/26/1937 ~ 12/09/2018

Services will be held: 12/13/2018

Kathy obit Image

Katharine Alexandra Glover

9/27/1956 ~ 12/09/2018

Services will be held: 12/12/2018

Mary Macon online pic

Mary Michele “Mickey” Macon

02/11/1949 ~ 12/08/2018

Services will be held: 12/12/2018

Dr. Jerry Clyde “Pop” Cashion

Dr. Jerry Clyde "Pop" Cashion

11/18/1940 ~ 04/17/2015

Dr. Jerry Clyde “Pop” Cashion died peacefully in his home in Raleigh on April 17, 2015 after a courageous battle with an illness of several months.

Dr. Cashion was born in Statesville, North Carolina on November 18, 1940, son of Benjamin Harry and Alma Spears Cashion. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Rita Adams Cashion, and his brother William Harry Cashion. He is survived by his stepchildren, Tiffany Berner Willard and Jay P. Berner; grandchildren Seth Andrew Willard and Sydney Paige Willard; niece Christine Cashion Bauer (Steve) and her children Molly Katlin Bauer and Jerry William Cashion-Bauer; also by his friend and caretaker, William Wallace DeLaney III. He is survived also by numerous students, friends, and fraternity brothers.

He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina where he was member of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, serving as advisor to his chapter for over a third of a century. His Ph.D. dissertation was directed by professors Hugh T. Lefler and William S. Powell. He taught North Carolina history at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University at Raleigh. For many years, he was Research Supervisor at the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. He served as President of both the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and the Historical Society of North Carolina, and was chairman of the North Carolina Historical Commission from 2001 until 2013. In addition, Dr. Cashion served on the State Records Advisory Board and on the National Register Advisory Committee. He also was a member of the Executive Board of Preservation North Carolina.

Dr. Cashion received numerous rewards and honors, among which were the award for outstanding teaching at Chapel Hill; the Durance award from the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta; the Christopher Crittenden Award for the preservation of North Carolina history; the Order of the Longleaf Pine presented by Governor Michael F. Easley; and the state’s highest award, the North Carolina Award which he received in 2007.

Services in celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh NC to be followed by Inurnment at Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC.

Memorials will be welcomed to the Pop Cashion Fellowship, Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, P. O. Box 4599, Lexington, KY. 40544-4599, and to the North Caroliniana Society, c/o North Carolina Collection, UNC Campus Box 3930, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890.

Family and friends of Dr. Cashion extend special thanks to Hospice of Wake County, Inc. and Dr. Susan Moore for their outstanding service to Pop.




2:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 27604

Inurnment at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh will follow.


  1. jannette coleridge-taylor

    I will miss Dr. Cashion’s wit and kindness.

  2. Betty Driver

    I will truly miss Dr. Cashion wit, kindness, friendly, humble, caring and out going ways everyday he had. He will be missed by many.

  3. Richard Starnes

    Jerry Cashion was a strong advocate for and important chronicler of North Carolina history, We was also a gentleman of the first order. I am better for having known him and I will miss him dearly.

  4. Donna Kelly

    Jerry was a respected colleague and friend. He supported Archives and History, both through his service and financially, even after he retired. He had such a soothing manner about him and a booming laugh. He always called me “Miss Donna,” as a throwback to the days of the southern gentleman, which he certainly was. I will miss him so much.

  5. Frank Stephenson

    It is with a great deal of sadness that I learned of the passing of my longtime friend Jerry Cashion. I was fortunate to have known him for over 50 years. As other friends and colleagues of his have noted, he will be missed by a whole host of people from across the state as he made huge contributions to all regions of North Carolina. His kindness and his very gracious personality were two of his many hallmarks that the people who knew him will never forget.

  6. John Rankin

    Jerry was a great friend of my family. He was my father’s graduate assistant at Chapel Hill, and was close to all of us. His unfailing kindness and gentlemanly demeanor will be remembered by many.

  7. Dr. J. Frederick West

    In 1968, I had the unique and wonderful experience of being a student of Dr. Hugh Lefler in North Carolina History I and II. That also meant that I was a student of then doctoral student Jerry Cashion. The combined knowledge, communication skills, and storytelling abilities of Dr. Lefler and soon to be Dr. Cashion provided an incredible and never forgotten look at several centuries of North Carolina history as only the two of them could relate. I remember Dr. Cashion always scheduled the spring class so that the massive windows in the classroom could be opened for students outside in the quad to sit and “audit” the class. Why? Because the classes were so popular with the students that they had long since quit being put on the waiting list to get into the class. Thank you Jerry. You rocked my world with my best class at UNC!!

  8. Tom Belton

    One of North Carolina’s great scholars who posessed humility and great wit. He always smiled and gave each of us a warm welcome. He will be missed by many.

  9. Jonathan Anderson

    I still have the letter Dr. Cashion wrote, giving me the great news that my North Carolina Highway Historical Marker proposal had been approved. I can recall the joy I had reading his friendly letter. Be at peace…

  10. Wade Rankin

    Jerry came into the life of my family almost 48 years ago. He was the kind of man who could bring joy into a room just by being there and being himself. His impact on the man I became is incalculable, and I shall miss him.

  11. Bob and Gina Fry

    Gina and I will truly miss Jerry’s compassion and kindness. He was a true giant througout his career. The North Carolina history community has suffered a great loss. Sincerely, Bob and Gina Fry

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