Star - Robert Harris Caudill, age 70, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Robert was born in Montgomery County January 14, 1949 to R. L. Caudill, Jr. and Elsie Mae Howell Caudill. His cattle career began at Caudill’s Dairy, the family-owned and -operated dairy farm. He served as farm manager at JBob Farms and Blue Q Ranch. He was retired from NC DOT. Upon his retirement, Robert began a cow breeding business where he did AI breeding.
He was a member of First Wesleyan Church. Robert was also a 37-year member of Troy Masonic Lodge 718 and was a 32nd degree mason.
Robert was a firm believer in supporting public education as his wife, Sherry, was an educator of 32 years. He served on the Montgomery County Board of Education for eight years.
Farming was a way of life and always Robert’s passion – from working on the family farm to showing beef cattle. He is a past recipient of the Montgomery County Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer award and his family was acknowledged as the North Carolina Outstanding Young Rural Farm Family. He supported his daughters and others showing beef cattle where he had multiple Grand Champion wins and Showmanship awards at the NC State Fair. He was also awarded Grand Champion at the North American International Livestock Exposition.
He loved his girls and spending time with his grandchildren, as he was affectionately known as Papa. He especially enjoyed the family’s annual trip to Ocean Isle Beach and fishing with his sons-in-law.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Hurley, brothers-in-law, David Baughn, Sr., Gene Hurley, Sr., and Vance Richardson, Jr., and father-in-law, D.C. McCaskill.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sherry McCaskill Caudill, of the home; three daughters, Laura Moody and husband, Barden, of Siler City, Beth Harris and husband, Mark, of Star, and Katie Hursey and husband, Phillip, of Star; grandchildren, Henry Harris, Maggie Moody, Phinley Hursey, Lucy Moody, and Liam Hursey; sisters, Dixie Baughn of Stoneville, Doris Richardson of Pinehurst, and Linda Furr and husband, Darrell, of Troy; brothers, Charles Caudill and wife, Brenda, of Star, and David Caudill and wife, Teresa, of Biscoe; mother-in-law, Cassie McCaskill; brother-in-law, Joe McCaskill and wife, Ann, all of Candor.
The family will receive friends Saturday, June 29, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home in Star.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30, at First Wesleyan Church, 1368 NC Highway 134 North, Troy with the Rev. Edward Lindsey and Rev. David Emory officiating. Interment will be in Suggs Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Star, with Masonic rites.
Memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church, 1368 NC Highway 134 North, Troy, NC 27371.