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David Cheek "Pappy" Cauble Jr.

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Mr. David Cheek "Pappy" Cauble Jr., 79, of 3348 Bason Road, Mebane, NC, passed away at 3:35 PM on Friday May 16, 2014 at his residence. He is the son of the late David C. Sr. and Elizabeth Eaton Cauble. Dave joined the fire service in 1962 with the Wilkinson Blvd. Fire Department Fire Department in Mecklenburg County, eventually reaching the rank of Chief Officer. In 1972 he was hired by Alamance County as their first County Fire Marshal where he served until 1985, essentially building the County Fire Marshal's office, an organization uncommon in the State at that time. During his tenure in Alamance County he helped establish its 911 central communications center, and assisted volunteer departments throughout the county with fire investigations, improved insurance ratings, and equipment purchases. He acquired a grant in 1982 that allowed every volunteer firefighter in Alamance County to receive a complete set of turn-out gear for firefighting, as well as a Department of Defense brush truck for each department used for fighting wildland fires. He was largely responsible for bringing the fire service of Alamance County to the advanced level it is today. During his time in Alamance County he also served as a volunteer with the Swepsonville Fire Department. In 1985 he was hired by Nash County as their Fire Marshal, again establishing a 911 communications center, and setting up the County EMS service, including paramedic level service. Carrying his call Number of C-101 used in Alamance County, he again advanced the Nash County Fire Service forward creating similar programs and improvements as he had established in Alamance. He retired in 1996 from Nash County only to be rehired by the Nashville NC Fire Department as Chief for 2 years to improve their department. After retiring from Nashville Fire, he retired from full time fire service employment to Alamance County where he joined the Haw River Fire Department as a volunteer, continuing to put his experience and training to use. He served part time while retired with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal rating volunteer fire departments across the State, and offering suggestions for improvements to them in advancing their insurance rating.
During his fire service career he also served in numerous positions in fire service organizations at the State level. He was a Charter and creating member of the NC Association of County Fire Marshals where he served as President for three different terms. He was awarded numerous recognitions there for advancing the recognition for the job of County Fire Marshal across North Carolina. He was a member of the NC Society of Fire Service Instructors, the NC Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the NC Association of Fire Chiefs, and the NC State Firemen's Association.
One of his greatest accomplishments at the State level was to serve as Chairman of the newly created NC Fire and Rescue Commission in 1985. He served as Chairman until 1993, during which time the Commission established one of the largest fire service certification systems in the world. Accredited by two International Accrediting bodies it still serves as a model across the nation today, a model which has certified over 53,000 fire service personnel in North Carolina in over 250,000 different certifications, including such titles as Firefighter, Driver, Instructor, Investigator, Hazardous Materials Responder, Rescue Technician, and Fire Officer. To this date, the system continues to be completely volunteer for both career and volunteer firefighter alike, a philosophy that Dave insisted upon and defended until his retirement.
His fire service career spanned five decades and had a major impact at the local, county, state, and national level. Three of his grandsons have followed as firefighters, serving communities across North Carolina. Survivors include his Wife of 62 years, Nancy Hatley Cauble; Children, Sharon Cauble Holliday (Kevin), Cynthia Cauble Champion (Chuck), Anita Cauble Davis (Tommy); Grandchildren, Obira Griggs(Erlyn) , Brandon Griggs (Michelle), Cheryl Griggs Rainey (Ashley), Katy Champion Leute (Jaridd), Andy Champion, Zack Moricle (Taylor); Great Grandchildren, Avery Griggs, Alana Griggs, Maci Griggs, Reegan Griggs, Madelyn Rainey, Evie Rainey, Nora Rainey, Hattie Moricle; Sister in law, Vickie Hatley Martin (Phil) and their children, MaryAnn Martin (Jeff), Gavin, Cali and Nyla and Archie Martin (Clare) and grandson Douglas. A funeral service will be held on Monday May 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at The Lamb's Chapel in Haw River with the Rev. Brian Biggers officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 PM on Sunday May 18, 2014 at the McClure Funeral Home in Mebane, and other times at the residence of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance/Caswell at 918 Chapel Hill Rd. Burlington, NC, 27215, Haw River Fire Dept. at P.O. Box 142, 403 East Main Street Haw River, NC 27258, Living Free Ministries at 1230 Walnut Grove Lane, Snow Camp, NC 27349, or to the Wounded Warrior project at P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Condolences may be offered at www.mcclurefuneralservice.net
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on May 18, 2014
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