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Zeb Vance Caudle Jr.


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Zeb Vance Caudle Jr. Obituary
Zeb Vance Caudle, Jr.

Marion formerly of Asheville - Zeb Vance Caudle Jr. passed away July 9, 2018, two days shy of his 81st birthday. Mr. Caudle was born in Henderson County to the late Zeb Caudle Sr. and Alice Odessa Case Caudle.

Mr. Caudle served in the United States Air Force and was a capsule controller in the early days of the US Space Program including tracking John Glenn's orbit of the earth. After his time in the Air Force, Mr. Caudle began work in the energy industry. He was Project Manager on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, commissioned the first coal-electric plant in the Middle East, helped build a nuclear power plant in east Africa & worked on many other projects throughout the United States and abroad. An avid and life-long learner, Mr. Caudle never met a problem that he did not try to solve.

After retirement, Mr. Caudle was active in community organizations throughout McDowell County. He served as chairman of the McDowell County GOP for 18 years, and was instrumental in the establishment of the McDowell County Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Caudle was a member of Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, and was active in the Baptist Men of the Blue Ridge Association. He went on many mission trips, and also helped build dozens of handicap ramps for the needy within western NC. Even as his time on earth was ending, Mr. Caudle was adamant in his desire to continue making a difference in the world. In his spare time, Mr. Caudle enjoyed bowling, fishing, talking with friends, and traveling the world with the love of his life Marge.

Mr. Caudle was preceded in death by his parents as well as his siblings John Wesley Caudle, Ray Forest Caudle, Peggy Caudle Sherlin, and Guy Eddie Caudle. His memory will be cherished by his loving wife of 59 years, Marjorie Powell Caudle. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws Betty Powell Chandler, Judy Powell, Faye Caudle, and Jean Caudle as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Caudle will be held Sunday, July 15, at 4:00 p.m., at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC, with Reverend Josh Hayes officiating. The Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 PM at Kirksey Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, July 16 at 10:00 AM.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the staff of Mountain Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Facility for their excellent care of Mr. Caudle during his illness and passing.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist Men of The Blue Ridge Association, 337 Garden Creek Road, Marion, NC 28752 and to the Fishers of Men Sunday School Class of Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church, 214 PG Baptist Church Road, Marion, NC 28752

Kirksey Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Caudle family with arrangements.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 12 to July 13, 2018
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