Jack Randall Cave

Published 1:28 pm Sunday, July 2, 2023

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Mr. Jack Randall Cave of Mocksville passed away peacefully Friday, June 30, 2023 at his home.

Randall was born Feb. 3, 1940 in Yadkin County to the late Lonnie and Alma Cave.

Randall was happiest surrounded by his family. He married his bride, Sue, on July 10, 1960, and through determination, humor, patience, and lots of love, they were able to celebrate 62 years of marriage. Together, Randall and Sue had two children, Chris (Patty) and Karin (John Ren). Randall had many nicknames in his life, but the one he loved best was “Pa Boy”. Pa loved his grandchildren with all his heart and was constantly bragging on them-Tucker, Tayler (Matt Hutchens), Jessa (Michael Spaxman), Clay (Brooke), Logan (Kala), and Darcy. Pa was even more proud of his great-granddaughters, Piper and Alva-the smartest children ever! He loved watching videos of those girls and telling everyone about them and how advanced they were.

He began working at Western Electric in Winston-Salem after graduating from West Yadkin High School in 1958. He transferred to Southern Bell Telephone in 1965 and retired after 30 years of working. Randall and Sue moved to their farm on Davie Academy Road in 1983 and began raising cows and farming in his spare time. Pa’s later years were spent restoring old tractors, gardening, and watching his grandkids play sports.

Randall overcame many medical issues in his life. In 1984, he had a ruptured large intestine, but recovered. In 1996, he was diagnosed with AcroMegaly and had a tumor removed from his pituitary gland, but later recovered. He had extensive back surgery in 2017 and heart surgery. These caused his mobility to be reduced and he could usually be found on his Gator or in his chair (possibly with his head under his blanket).

Pa had a strong sense of humor and he really enjoyed “shucking” somebody. A couple of his most famous phrases were, “You’re not letting your elevator rise” and “That didn’t hurt me, do it again so I can see”.

He was preceded in death by: his older brothers, Bill and Freddie; his in-laws, Abe and Alva Howard; brother-in-law, Abe Jr.; and his infant great-grandson, Mason Ren.

In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, survivors include: his sister, Shirley Gray; a sister-in-law, Carlene Cave; several nieces and nephews; many, many friends; and his church family at Bethel. Pa led a life based in a strong belief in Christ and helping others when he could.

To honor his memory, we ask that you hug your family, plant a garden, and enjoy a good catfish meal.

A funeral service was conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 2 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Smith officiating. Interment followed at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.