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SALISBURY - Hiram J. Cuthrell succumbed May 3, 2006 as a result of a stroke, which occurred on April 25.

Beloved husband of Mary E. Cuthrell, deceased 2004, cherished father of Lee Cuthrell Spada of Northridge, Calif., Hiram J. Cuthrell Jr. deceased 1991, and William V. Cuthrell of Louisville, Ky. and loving grandfather of Taylor, Eleanor, and Mary Cuthrell was a resident of Salisbury, for 32 years. A loving and caring brother to Rosa Lee Schwab, Margaret Hunt, and Allen Cuthrell all predeceased him.

Hiram Cuthrell was born in Belhaven on Sept. 6, 1917 and was a son of William Wilson Cuthrell and Rosa F. Lee Cuthrell. He was a graduate of Selma High School, Selma, and also Oak Ridge Military Institute with a two year degree in Business Administration. He served in the 11th Airborne Division in World War II and served in the occupying army of Japan. He later joined the N.C. National Guard in 1949 and ultimately retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He worked in banking and was employed by Planters Bank of Rocky Mount, Waccamaw Bank of Whiteville, Branch Banking and Trust of Goldsboro, and Security Bank and Trust of Salisbury. He later worked for Rives Motor Company as credit manager. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Golden Rule Bible Class serving as one of the class teachers.

Cuthrell was a life member of The Retired Officer's Association and was active in the Lions Club since joining in 1954. He had been a member of the Milford Hills Lions Club and was selected for the Melvin Jones Fellowship award, one of the highest awards in the Lions Club, in 1996.

He had the deepest faith in God, his family, his country, and his fellow man.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 217 South Church Street, Salisbury with Dr. Thomas L. Griffis officiating.The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the First United Methodist Church of Salisbury or Disabled Veterans.

Summersett Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

(The News Reporter, Whiteville, NC, 18 May 2006 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

(courtesy of Walter Raleigh Terry Jr.)

Grave marker for Hiram J. Cuthrell in Section 32 of the Pineview Cemetery, South Rocky Mount (Edgecombe county), North Carolina.

Hiram enlisted in the Army at Ft Bragg on 2 June 1942 and was assigned to the 507th PIR.

On 16 October, 1942 Pvt Cuthrell was one of the men transferred to the 508th as a cadre team.

Following WWII he remained in the National Guard and earned a commission.  He ultimately retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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