Charles R. “Chuck” Cronham, Jr., 83, a resident of High Point, passed away on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015.
He was born on October 22, 1931 in Portland Maine, to the late Charles R. and May Korb Cronham, and was a 1949 graduate of East Orange High School, East Orange, NJ. He then attended University of North Carolina to play basketball. He obtained his B.A. Degree in Music, and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha, and served as secretary, vice president and president, and was also inducted into the Old Well, an academic honor society. Chuck obtained a Master’s Degree from East Carolina University, and was awarded a teaching fellowship in percussion.
After serving 2 years in the US Army Band in Germany, Chuck taught 36 years in the North Carolina’s public schools as band director at Washington High School, Roseboro High School, Union Pines High School and Trinity High School. In 1965, he was named “Young Educator of The Year” in Moore County, NC. In 1987 and 1988 he was awarded the Randolph County School Distinguished Educator Award.
Chuck was a performing member with the Greensboro Concert Band and in September 2004, organized and directed the Archdale-Trinity Community Band. For his efforts with the Archdale-Trinity Community Band he was awarded the honor “community hero of the year 2005” and was selected as the Grand Marshall of the 2005 Archdale Christmas parade.
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Chuck was a member of Archdale United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Friendship Sunday school class. He enjoyed country crafting, antiquing, and square dancing. He also enjoyed basketball, tennis, baseball, and spending time with family. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were a son, Chip Cronham, and a sister Phyllis Bard.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Peggie Maynard Cronham; his daughter, Elizabeth Wagner; his grandchildren, Zachary and Nicholas Delcambre, Amanda Frederick, Christopher Michael and Kerri Anne Cronham.
A service to celebrate Chuck’s life will be held on Saturday afternoon, June 13th, at 2 o’clock in Archdale United Methodist Church, with Reverend Dr. Stuart Noell and Reverend Harold Shives officiating. His family will receive friends on Saturday following the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorials in Chuck’s memory may be directed to: The Building Fund of Archdale United Methodist Church, PO 4096, Archdale NC 27263.
Online condolences may be made at: www.cumbyfuneral.com. Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale is in charge of arrangements.