Colonel Arthur T. Cavano, Jr. passed peacefully away on November 18, 2017 in Barboursville, WVA. Born in 1925, he was forged in the crucible of Depression era poverty and the savagery of World War II. He joined the Marines as a 17 yr old with his brother George, and saw combat in Saipan and Tinian. On the way to Okinawa, his troop carrier was sunk by a kamikaze pilot and two thirds of his battalion were lost at sea. After his unit reconstituted in Hawaii, he was with the first U.S. troops to march into Hiroshima's ground zero. After the war, he earned his college degree at the University of Denver, met Janet Jeffrey and married above his station. After graduation, he was commissioned an Army Armored Cavalry officer and served in command and staff positions in Ft Campbell , Japan, and Germany, with one tour as Professor of Military Science at Davidson College. In 1962, he transitioned to the Army Special Forces Reserve and settled in Fayetteville, NC.
Art began teaching English at Fayetteville Technical Institute (FTI) in 1963 and earned his Master degree and Ph.D in Adult Education from the University of North Carolina. His dissertation examined the effects of cognitive dissonance, and he challenged his children and students to engage in critical thinking, question conventional wisdom and reject unjust social norms. He was promoted to Dean of Students at FTI, and retired in 1983. After retirement, Art lived for 20 years at the Beaver Dam, NC home and tree farm he built with Janet, his beloved wife of 67 years. He enjoyed world travel, bridge, camping, hiking, chess, and reading the classics to his children and grandchildren. He hosted his grandchildren at "Camp Cavano", where he introduced them to country living, including clearing brush, fishing, swimming, and long hikes (aka forced marches). He and Janet moved to Fayetteville's Heritage Place for five years before moving to Wyngate in Barboursville, WVA. Art was an active anonymous donor to the poor and underprivileged, and contributed his time and money to causes he cherished, including the Boy Scouts of America and Kiwanis Club. Art is survived by his five children: Thomas Cavano (Nancy Fontaine) of Tallahassee, FL; Jame McCumbee (Will) of Barboursville, WVA; Anne Moen (Chuck), of Sandy, OR; Jeffrey Cavano (Diana), of Dumfries, VA; and David Cavano (Tina),of Huntington Beach, CA; eighteen grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren.
Art will be buried with his wife at Sandhills Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake, NC on December 1, at noon. A visitation with the family will be held at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home from 1000-1130hours on 1 December. Flowers can be sent to Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville, NC.
Jernigan Warren Funeral Home
Friday December 1st, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am
545 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Sandhills State Veteran's Cemetery
Friday December 1st, 2017
12:00pm - 12:30pm
8220 Bragg Blvd.
Ft. Bragg, NC 28310
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Hello Cavano Family, I'm a neighbor living in the area.
Having heard of your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief post. I too, well know the grief of losing love ones, and that at times like these, it is encouraging just to know that others are thinking about us. Something that has really helped me to cope with such losses, is the wonderful promise of Christ Jesus, recorded for our comfort at John 5:28,29. I hope that when you are feeling up to it, that you are going to look up these powerful Scriptures, in your copy of The Bible. Also, I hope that this brief note, finds The Family feeling as good as can be expected Today.
With Greatest Sympathy, Your Neighbor : P.D.Walker.
Submitted by P.D.Walker on Dec 3 2017 10:41:39 AM
My deepest sympathy to the Cavano family. I am so sorry for your loss. I too have experienced the pain from losing a loved one in death. I was able to find comfort in the promise at John 5:28,29. I hope this promise is able to provide comfort to you as well.
Submitted by lea on Nov 30 2017 10:10:36 PM
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