In Memoriam


Aubrey Ray Cahoon
Aubrey Ray Cahoon
Class of 1953


The Virginian-Pilot, Monday, Dec. 11, 2006

SMITHFIELD - Aubrey Ray Cahoon, 71, of the 1000 block of Magruder Road, passed away Dec. 10, 2006, at his residence. He is a native of Swan Quarter, N.C., and the son of the late Gwendolyn W. and Benjamin C. Cahoon.

Aubrey retired as a lieutenant commander after 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard where he was instrumental in rewriting the 5th District War Plans Manual. He attended William and Mary and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy in 1959. In 1965 until the present he owned Simpson’s Pharmacy. Aubrey lived his life by the motto, "When people are your friends taking care of them is part of the routine."

Aubrey was a former president and member of the Smithfield Chamber of Commerce. He served two presidential terms for the Smithfield Ruritan Club. He was a member and past president for the 5th District Reserve Officers Association. He was a past president and member of the Southside Pharmaceutical Association and a Board Member of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. He also served as chairman for the Smithfield Board of Zoning Appeals.

Aubrey is survived by his wife of 38 1/2 years, Delores Turner Cahoon; daughters and son-in-law, MaryLynn Wood (Carl) of Crosland, Ga., and Gloria Ann Diggs of Louisburg, N.C.; sons and daughter-in-law, Dr. Aubrey Bruce Cahoon (Tricia) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and R. Laughton Jackson of Louisburg; grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer L. Jackson, U.S. Navy Lt. William F. Ashley Jr., Dwight M. Watkins, Melissa Jackson, Christopher M. Craddock, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Gregory E. Bew, Kaitlyn G. Jackson, Joseph A. Cahoon, Claire E. Cahoon; great- grandchildren, Hope E. Ashley and Haley Rae Bew; twin sister and sisters, Audrey C. Richardson, Charlotte C. Ayscue, Linda C. Gray and Bennie Gale C. Ames; numerous nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.

Friends may join the family Tuesday from 6 to 8 at the residence, 1004 Magruder Road, Smithfield, VA 23430. A graveside service with military honors will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Memorial Park with the Rev. Wayne Blythe and Dr. Richard Peerey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Aubrey’s name to the Medical College of Virginia, School of Pharmacy at 6603 W. Broad St., 5th floor, Richmond, VA 23230-1712. Parr Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may also be registered at