Dorothy Wheeler Cahoon, 93, of Manteo, NC, died June 15, 2017 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Born September 3, 1923 in Arvonia, VA to William W. Sr. and Rosa S. Wheeler. The oldest of 12 children (6 in VA and 6 in NC).
Known as Dot Dot to grandchildren, bridge friends, and others. She was a special Mother, Grandmother, and friend. She was naturally friendly, enjoyed meeting people, and greeting old/new friends from her chair in the Store. Working until age 93, she arose early to open her store daily until recently. Age made no difference as she was friends to all ages and groups. A wonderful cook, family would ask constantly if she was cooking today.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Ray V. Cahoon, and infant son, Gary.
Survived by daughters, Renee Cahoon of Nags Head, Charlene and son-in-law, Robert Heroux of Manteo; grandchildren, Ryan (Charlotte) Heroux of Manteo, Brett Heroux of Raleigh and Stormy Heroux of Wanchese; great-granddaughter (light of her life), Anna Grace Heroux.
Surviving siblings include, William Wheeler (Clarkie) Buddy Wheeler (Linda) of Manteo, Marjorie Alexander of Grants Pass, Oregon, Marion Carawan, Joyce Carawan, both of Swan Quarter, NC; special niece, Amy Midyette of Swan Quarter and her children: Venessa, Jenna and Davee; also numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by siblings, Mae Lupton, Myrtle Beach, Jean O’Neal, Eleanor Swindell, Evelyn Wise, Aubrey Wheeler, all of Swan Quarter, and Doris Jernigan of Norfolk, VA.
A member of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church, Manteo, she enjoyed her church family. Prior to moving to Manteo she was a member of Swan Quarter Christian Church and still maintains close ties there.
Raised in Sladesville, NC, she graduated as Valedictorian of Sladesville High School, worked with government agencies: Price Administration, Selective Service, and FHA.
In 1962 she and husband, Ray with his brother, Charlie Cahoon, bought Evans Place in Nags Head. They then became the sole owners of Cahoon’s Variety/Market to which they worked to build and bring in new generations of family.
An avid bridge player (card games of all types), and basketball fanatic, she attended The Women’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro for years, making new friends. Special bridge friends include, Carolyn, Lib, Alice, Phyllis, Katherine, and Sandra, among others. She loved her Wednesday game and came to new friends with a Friday game to which her family thanks very much for all the accommodation.
Visitation will be at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am with Rev. Jerry Cribb and Rev. John Dutton officiating. A graveside service will also be held at Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter at 3:00 pm.
Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Food Pantry, Swan Quarter Christian Church, and Shriners Cripple Children of Sudan Temple.
Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.
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