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Lydia Carol Sheets (Von Cannon) VIEW PROFILE

August 7, 1944 - August 5, 2019 Lydia Carol Sheets VonCannon, age 74, died Monday, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home surrounded by her family following an extended illness. She was born August 7, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland to Neva Cardwell Sheets and Hampton James Sheets. She is survived by the love of her life and husband of 52 years, Donald Milton VonCannon, her daughter, Michelle Grey VonCannon, of Raleigh, North Carolina and two grandsons, Charles Hampton Maxham and Carter Greyson Maxham, also of Raleigh. Carol grew up in Greensboro, NC where she graduated from Greensboro Senior High School, having been inducted into the National Honor Society and was a three-year varsity cheerleader. She later attended Meredith College in Raleigh for two years and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. Upon graduation she worked for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland until she returned to North Carolina to get married. She and Don lived in Winston-Salem their entire married life except for two years in Greensboro. While in Winston-Salem, she worked for the Department of Social Services, Integon Corporation and Home Federal Savings and Loan. Her last 17 years of employment were with Chicago Title Insurance Company where she was the human resources administrator for their 16 NC offices. She developed the statewide, approved attorney program for the company and was named assistant vice president, receiving the Circle of Excellence Award at the company's 2002 national meeting in Las Vegas. Carol was an active and faithful member of Knollwood Baptist Church where she served as deacon, church moderator, chair of the Stewardship Committee, chair of the Senior Adult Committee, chair of the Mission Commission and on various other committees and teams. She was a member of the Searchers Sunday School Class. Carol was also active in the community, volunteering over the years at the St. Paul's Kids' Café tutoring program, Meals on Wheels, the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. She made two mission trips with the Ardmore-Knollwood Medical Mission Team, to Mexico and Peru, where she fitted individuals with eyeglasses. One of the great passions she and Don shared was their love of travel. They visited nearly every state in the U.S., as well as visiting Europe, Peru including Machu Picchu, the Panama Canal, Greece, Egypt and many other places. They were especially fond of the US Southwest and Santorini, Greece. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kenneth Alton Sheets and Ronald Hampton Sheets. She will be remembered for her ready smile and gracious hospitality to all with whom she came in contact. She was a loving and much-loved wife, daughter, mother and grandmother enjoying nothing more than spending time with her family. A private interment for the immediate family will be held in the Knollwood Memorial Garden followed by a memorial service conducted by Dr. Bob Setzer at Knollwood Baptist Church on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends during a reception at the church following the service. Memorials may be made to Knollwood Baptist Church, Trellis Supportive Care at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home or the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greensboro. The family would like to thank the staff at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, Dr. Hermes Hernandez and the Novant Health Forsyth Hospital staff of the 5th floor Intermediate Critical Care Unit, Dr. Patty Zekan and the staff of the Novant Health Cancer Center, and the many other medical professionals that have helped Carol through the past four years. Online condolences may be made through Salem Funerals & Cremations 2951 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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08/17/19 09:14 AM #1    

Cecile Adah Boren (Workman)

A beautiful person and a beautiful life.


08/17/19 10:32 AM #2    

Bill Womack

Always so friendly and with the prettiest smile. Don't think she ever came to any reunions so guess I hadn't seen her since 1962.

Rest in peace  sweet Whirlie!!!

08/17/19 11:36 AM #3    

Joseph Lindsey Hunt

So sorry to hear this. She was a wonderful person.




08/17/19 05:48 PM #4    

Paul Stewart Gardiner

Have many fond memories of Carol beginning at Lindley Jr High.  Was at her home once and introduced to her handicapped brother to whom it was very obvious she was very loyal and loving. Lost touch after GHS but would speak with her from time to time at UNC.  A very bright gal, dedicated Christian, with an infectious personality and smile. Regretable that she never came to GHS reunions and such.  Alas, time marches on for each of us---thus the need to be "fully prepared" to leave this temporary earthly home!      

08/19/19 11:36 AM #5    

Stephen Howard Israel

I remember Carol well though I do not recall having seen her since high school....not even at Chapel Hill.  Though she was not a close friend, one thing I remember about her was that even in high school she had great poise, even elegance.  She stood out as a "good person" who was not caught up in the trappings of things less important and that she was destined for a meaningful life which apparently she did have.  I was sorry to hear of her passing and my condolences to her family.

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