Carl Nathan Boon Jr.

Published 8:57 am Sunday, June 4, 2017

Carl Nathan Boon Jr. of Bermuda Run died on June 2, 2017, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, leaving behind his wife, Helen and many family members and friends.

He was born April 8, 1927 in Jackson, Tenn., to the late Carl Nathan Boon Sr. and Carolyn Bond Boon. He attended schools in his hometown and graduated from Jackson High School in 1944. He attended Union College in Jackson for two years after high school, and then enlisted in the Army, where he served as a member of the occupying forces in Japan. After his Army service, he attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in retailing. He developed a love of retailing at age 8, working at his great-uncle’s department store (Holland’s) in Jackson, Tenn. He worked on Saturdays running errands and cleaning the store. He remembers being given one of the first Social Security cards and told that 1 cent of his 15-cent salary would go to this new system that would take care of him when he turned 65. After graduating from Washington University he continued to work at Holland’s and then furthered his retailing career at three large department stores (Cain Sloan Co. in Nashville, Stix Baer Fuller in St. Louis, and the May Co. in Los Angeles) before coming to Winston-Salem in 1972 as the buyer for the Piece Goods Shop. He continued working at Piece Goods for the remainder of his career, eventually becoming executive vice president and partner. He retired from Piece Goods in 1990.

After retirement, he turned his drive and passion for hard work to serving his community. He began this service by being elected to two terms as Davie County Commissioner. He served on the boards of the Mebane Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Davie County, and the state board in the early days of SmartStart. He was a trustee for Davidson County Community College. He was active in the Rotary Club of Mocksville, serving as president and assistant district governor, and was instrumental in the formation of the Hillsdale Sunrise Rotary Club, chartered in 2010. In recognition of his service, he received the E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award, presented by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotarian of the Year award by the Mocksville Rotary Club. He brought his business expertise to the cattle business when he bought Whip-o-Will farms in Davie County in 1991. He raised and sold registered Brangus cattle and served on the finance committee of the International Brangus Association. He moved to Bermuda Run in 1972 where he and Helen were members for 45 years. He has been a member of 1st Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem since 1972. He was also a member of the Hound Ears Club in Boone, where he and Helen had a condominium for 32 years. They played host to many there, sharing a place where friends could relax and enjoy the wonderful view of Grandfather Mountain.  In retirement, he also got to enjoy his lifelong love of University of Tennessee football. As a season ticket holder for many years, he decorated himself and his car in Volunteer orange to head to Neyland Stadium, as well as numerous out of town and bowl games.

Survivors: Helen, his wife of 52 years; daughter, Melissa Quinley (John), and son, Carl Nathan (Trip) Boon III (Brenda); brother William E. Boon (Jo); 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey Boon, Schuyler Zimmerman (Danny), Ashley Boon, and Will Quinley (Maggie); and 3 great-grandsons.

A memorial service wil be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel by Dr. Bill Hoyle. The family ill receive friends from 12:30-2 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorials: Community Foundation of Davie County, the Kate B. Hospice Home, or a charity of the donor’s choice.