On Sept. 3, 2013, William Alfret "Al" Cash, 82, of Carlisle, Pa., formerly of Petersburg, Va., passed away at his residence. Born April 20, 1931, in Albemarle County, Va., he was the son of the late Jesse and Daisy Belle (Pugh) Cash.
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Loving husband, father and grandfather, Al is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Bonnie Rowe Cash whom he met at the age of 14; daughter, Carolyn Riley (Stephen) of Boiling Springs, Pa.; son, Douglas Cash (Molly) of Centreville, Va.: grandchildren, Patrick Riley (Ashley) of Denver, Colo., Christine Riley of Los Angeles, Calif., Emily Cash and Michael Cash of Centreville, Va.; sister, Marian Virginia Fitzgerald (Robert) of Elyria, Ohio; brother-inlaw Robert Ramsey of Staunton, Va.; sister-in-law Wendy Cash of Hampton, Va.; and special nieces; and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by: a sister, Ruth C. Ramsey; and a brother, James Wilson Cash.
Al was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Va., attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI, now Va. Tech) and Morris Harvey College in Charleston, W.Va. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as an intelligence agent for the counter intelligence corp. His professional career was spent in sales as a manufacturers' representative, where he received many awards as salesman of the year.
Al was a member of the former Walnut Hill Baptist Church for 43 years, serving the church in many leadership roles and was presently a member of Second Baptist Church, Petersburg, where he served as chairman of the deacons and loved being an usher and greeter on Sunday mornings.
Al and Bonnie moved to Petersburg in 1960. Al served his community as president of Walnut Hill PTA; president of AARP Chapter 1399, as well as a district supervisor; first president of the Walnut Hill Area Churches and Synagogue Organization (WHACSO). His lifelong hobbies included tennis, collecting music and being recognized as a big band historian. As a result of his vast collection of music and knowledge of the big bands, Al, in his retirement took great pleasure in presenting programs called
"Reminiscing With Al," with residents of retirement communities across the state of Virginia and teaching at Elderhostels.
Al and Bonnie remained involved with their church and community until August of 2008 when they moved to Carlisle, Pa., to be near their daughter, Carolyn.
A celebration of Al's life will be conducted at ll a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Second Baptist Church with Dr. Joseph T. Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Second Baptist Church, 3355 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA 23805 or Celtic Hospice Services, 220 Wilson Street, Suite 100, Carlisle, PA 17013.
Published in The Progress-Index on Sept. 18, 2013