Thursday, March 28, 2013

Passing Of Skeets Cahoon

GREENSBORO — Hollis "Skeets" Cahoon, 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16th, in Greensboro. Skeets was born on May 16, 1941, grew up in Covington, VA, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager. He graduated from high school in Sullivan, IN, and later earned a B.S.E.E. at Virginia Tech. During his time at Tech, he was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets (F Company) and entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in Korea as a Field Artillery officer, gaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Skeets studied and enjoyed history, and was especially fond of activities surrounding the Civil & Revolutionary Wars and all things Scottish. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Military Order of the Stars & Bars, the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. His interest in his family's Scottish lineage led him to help found the Triad St. Andrew's Society, the Loch Norman Highland Games and the Triad Highland Games, and become a member of the fictitious Kindome of Raknar.
In his spare time, Skeets was employed as an HVAC sales engineer, he owned and operated Brightwood Mechanical, a plumbing and HVAC company, and eventually started an electrical and mechanical consulting engineering practice. Later in life, he was able to truly turn his advocation into his vocation helping create Collegiate Tartan, a company that designs and registers tartans for colleges and universities.
Skeets is preceded in death by his parents, Frances & Hollis Cahoon, and his beloved 4-legged friends, Tippy, Rusty and Bert. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Katherine Tillery Kress Cahoon; children Fran Koch (Thom) of High Point, Charlotte Cline (Randy) of Norcross, GA, and Mary Hamilton (Stan) of Chapel Hill, plus numerous "adopted" children. Granddad loved all his grandkids very much - Thommy, Katie & Mary Koch, Martin & Terressa Cline, and Ian & Maddie Hamilton. He is also survived by two brothers, Lawrence Cahoon (Patti) of Asheboro and John Cahoon (Sue) of Boones Mill, VA.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 22, at Forbis & Dick, N. Elm Street, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23rd, at 2:00 at Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N. Holden Road, Greensboro.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to one of Skeet's favorite charities: The American Red Cross, 1501 Yanceyville St. Greensboro 27405 (indicate "For Greensboro use" on the check) or to the Hollis B. and Katherine K. Cahoon VT Corps of Cadets Scholarship. Checks should be made out to the Virginia Tech Foundation (indicate "VTCC Cahoon Scholarship" on the check) and mailed to Virginia Tech, University Development 0336, Blacksburg, VA 24060, Attn: Corps of Cadets.
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