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Miles Lewis Cashwell, Sr.
April 5, 1938 ~ October 12, 2022 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, Miles Lewis Cashwell, Sr, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and papa, passed away peacefully in Boone, NC, at the age of 84. Born to Doris Rich and Eddie Chervis Cashwell, April 5, 1938 in Sampson County; ML was raised with a dedication to hard work and determination.
As a multi-sport athlete at Garland High School (’56), he began noticing a beautiful girl who also attended GHS. Ivy Patricia Coble Cashwell was 2 years his junior, but he was smitten. The two married after she graduated and began their 63 year life-together in Boone, NC, where they began their family with the births of their two daughters, Germaine Cashwell Johnson (Louis) and Patricia Camille Cashwell Campbell (Jon). It was here that ML began his 34 year career in the poultry industry. After moving to southeastern NC, his son, Miles Lewis Cashwell, Jr. was born.
ML served 2 years in the US ARMY out of Ft. Jackson, SC, while he waited the graduation of his girl from High School. Married in February, 1959, together they raised their children to be dedicated to their education, and he made sure that each of them attended and graduated college (Auburn University, ’84,’85, ’92).
Racing and hunting were hobbies that ML enjoyed with his son, brothers, numerous buddies, and great-nephews. His racing career began with his work with Junior Johnson and culminated with ownership of his own modified car racing on the small, dirt tracks of southeastern NC. ML passed his love of cars onto his son, Miles. They worked on an International Harvester Scout that Miles took to college. This shared love continued when they traveled to Fontana Dam to show both their Pontiac Crossfires. Hunting never left his blood. What started as a young boy stayed with him until his later years. He believed in only taking what you would consume.
ML never met a mechanical challenge he wouldn’t finish. Even his grandchildren would tell their parents, “Put it aside for when granddaddy comes; he’ll ‘fix it.’” Those same grandchildren caused he and Patty to log thousands of miles on various cars in order to make it to whatever activity and wherever they were involved: from t-ball to college baseball, from soccer to college volleyball, from horseshows to college art shows. No distance was too far!
He is also survived by his three grandchildren; Jon William Campbell, Jr (Mallory), Ivy Stakelin Johnson Fleming (Josh), and Sarah Camille Campbell (Alexander), and his three great-grandchildren; Finley Dawn Campbell, Charlotte Camille Campbell, and Dean Cashwell Fleming.
Service will be held at Antioch UMC, Saturday, October 15, at 2 p.m. in Bladen County with burial immediately following. A visitation will take place prior to the service at Antioch. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for those wishing to do so, please donate to the NC Wildlife Federation (NCWF) at www.ncwf.org or locally to Garland, Antioch Kitchen Sisters at 4404 NC Highway 210 W, Garland, NC 28441.
Services are provided by Carter Funeral Home of Garland. www.carterfh.com