John Frank Cuthbertson

Published 9:03 am Monday, September 19, 2016

Mr. John Frank Cuthbertson, 74, died on Sept. 13, 2016, following a brief illness at Wake Forest Medical Center, Winston Salem.

He was born Sept. 17, 1941 in Rowan County to the late Wyatt Cuthbertson Sr. and Rosetta Cowan Cuthbertson. He graduated from R.A. Clement High School in Cleveland, and worked at Duke Power for 19 years until he retired. He then started his own business, Father & Son Remodeling Co., and B&J Janitorial Service.  He also managed rental property. Even though he didn’t keep doing all of these ventures, he did continue to do his passion, which was his remodeling business.  He joined the Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Church in 1980 under the leadership of Founder and Overseer Mary B. Montgomery, where he has served as national head trustee and a member of the executive board, and locally head trustee in Cleveland, which he built from the ground up. He was a Past Master of the Mason’s Faithful Guide 376 PHA, and the Eastern Star Omega Chapter. He was founder of the singing group, The Faith Spiritual Singers, and he started a baseball team.  He loved family and being with people. His hobbies were eating ice cream and playing with his great-grandchildren. He loved watching Gunsmoke and Family Feud. He was a man that loved working with his hands.

Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Brenda Pruitt Cuthbertson of the home; 2 sons, Johnny (Donna) Cuthbertson of Cleveland  and Anthony (Jamie) Cuthbertson of Daytona Beach, Fla.; 4 daughters, Shirley (Mitchell) Hampton of Cleveland, Sharon Smoot of the home, Debbie (Leveric) Johniken of Salisbury, and the late Brenda Gail Cuthbertson; 17 grandchildren, 4 of which were raised in the home (Toni, Kiki, Darrius, and Dishon); 18 great-grandchildren; 6 brothers, Arthur (Cora Bell) Cuthbertson, James (Norma Ruth) Cuthbertson, William (Geraldine) Cuthbertson, Paul Cuthbertson, and Jerry Cuthbertson, all of Cleveland, and the late Wyatt (Lillian) Cuthbertson Jr.; 6 sisters, Mary McConeyhead of Salisbury, Libby (David) Blackwell of Cleveland, Marie Powell of Charlotte, Maude (James) Jones, Debra Cuthbertson, all of Cleveland, and the late Martha (James) Rolland, of New York; 2 sisters-in-law, Frances (Alonzo) Fowler and Linda Blackwell, both of Cooleemee; a brother-in-law, Leo Pruitt of Mocksville; a special God Brother and best friend, Melvin (Louise) Montgomery; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A wake was held on Friday, Sept. 16 at Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Church in Cleveland. His funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Salisbury. Overseer Annette Johnson officiated, and Overseer Beatrice Vaughters delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Cemetery in Cleveland.