Homer Franklin Haworth, Jr, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022 at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury, NC.
Born August 14, 1925 in High Point, NC, as the only child of Homer F Haworth Sr and Charlie Mae Cridlebaugh Haworth, he led a life of devotion and loyalty. First to Education; a BA at Davidson College and an MA at University of Michigan followed by a career as a highly decorated high school band director for 30 years. He served as presidents of both the NC Music Educators Association and the American School Band Directors Association and is in the NC Band Director’s Hall of Fame among other professional honors.
His second loyalty was to the US military; as a young man of Quaker upbringing, he controversially volunteered to enlist in the Navy and served as an ensign on the U.S.S. Gurke DD783. Military service in WWII made a deep impression on him, and was an experience that would instill in him discipline and honor and an unusual habit of navy showers for his entire life.
His third loyalty was to his church and family. He was a devoted Presbyterian and served as elder, deacon, choir director, and various other roles. He was a loving and doting husband to wife, Marjorie Ann Brown Haworth and awesome dad to his surviving children, daughters, Carlin Styers (Tom) of Albemarle, Ann Hatchett (Parker) of Salisbury, and Bryan Haworth (Julie) of Plano, Texas; grandchildren Anna Styers Decker (Ben), Carson C. Hatchett (Sarah), Corinne Haworth, Camille Haworth and Luke Haworth; and great- grandchildren Amelia Decker, Holly Decker and Harper Decker.
He was a bit of a perfectionist, especially when it came to his music. He was an accomplished trumpet player. He loved a good joke and was a great story-teller. And he was always generous with his time and talents for anyone in need.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 AM Monday, May 23, 2022 at the Trinity Oaks chapel, and a graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Salisbury National Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the Trinity Oaks Employee Appreciation Fund, 728 Klumac Road, Salisbury, NC 28144.
Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Haworth Family. Online condolences may be made at www.Summersettfuneralhome.com.