Kenneth Eugene ‘Ken’ Cassidy

Published 11:57 am Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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Mr. Kenneth Eugene (Ken) Cassidy, 79, of McClamrock Road, Mocksville, died suddenly Monday, July 17, 2023, at his home.

He was born Jan. 28, 1944 in Davie County to the late James Emmitt and Margaret McClamrock Cassidy. Ken had three siblings, Ann Cassidy Peele, Harold (Helen), and Dwight (Rita), who survive him.

Ken grew up in the Oak Grove Community and was educated in Davie County Schools, graduating in 1962. He began a career in banking in 1963 before his retirement in 1988. Following retirement, he and Harold continued to own and operate his father’s county store, Centerview Grocery. Later on, he became sole owner of the store until 2010 when he fully retired. To many, he was known as The Milkshake Man.

He touched the lives of many in the county as he coached youth baseball for 25 years. Two of his favorite players were his own sons, Todd and Thad, who were the pride and joy of his life and who he loved dearly. Many of his wedding anniversaries were spent at ballfields, but he and his wife Betty wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. It was also such a joy to him when, as adults, players he had coached would see and greet him.

Ken was a lifelong member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities. He loved and reverenced his Maker in all aspects of his life. In the early 1960s, he obeyed and put on Christ in baptism in a creek near his home. He, above all attributes, maintained a high standard of integrity and honesty throughout his adult life, which earned him respect from his family, friends, and community.

In addition to his siblings, Ken is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Betty Graves Cassidy of the home; 2 sons, Todd (Beth) Cassidy of Mocksville, and Thad (Tonya) Cassidy of Statesville; 4 grandchildren, Sam Cassidy of Boone, Katherine (Jeremy) Whitaker of Mt. Holly, and Reece and Ryan Cassidy of Statesville; special friend-cousin, Bill Bowles; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His family was the most important thing in his life and he loved each one of them dearly.

Funeral services are pending.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Oak Grove UMC cemetery fund, the Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of the donors’ choice.

Visitation will be Friday, July 21 from 10-11 a.m. at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, officiated by Bob Summers.

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