John Ulmer Cushman Jr.

December 11, 1924January 5, 2014

Charlotte - John Ulmer Cushman Jr., 89, passed away peacefully at Harris Hospice Unit of Presbyterian Hospital after a brief illness on Monday, January 5, 2014. John, the son of John Ulmer and Drina Hedgpeth Cushman, was born in Greenville, SC. He grew up in Palm Beach, FL. John served in WWII with the 103rd Infantry Division from 1942 to 1945. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BS in Business, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a member of the university golf team. John moved to Charlotte in 1949, where he began work for Triangle Conduit and Cable Co. He later formed The John Cushman Agency. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. John was predeceased in death by his first wife, Rita Nisbet Cushman in 1990. He was then married to Ella "Boo" Cushman for 23 years. Boo passed away October 29, 2013.

John is survived by his daughters, Paula Nisbet Cushman and Brooks Lucas Cushman, both of Middlebrook, VA; a granddaughter, Cushman Brinegar, her husband Will, and a great-granddaughter, Hadden Brinegar all of Houston, TX. He is also survived by his sister, Drina C. Parkey of St. Augustine, FL; his brother, Paul G. Cushman of Wilmington, NC; his sister-in-law, Tom Nisbet Greer of Dalton, GA; and his devoted friend and caregiver, Harrietta Wiggins, of Charlotte, who is a true member of our family.

John is survived by Boo's children, Bill West of Stone Mountain, GA, Dick West of Bowen Island, Canada, Mike West of Plano, TX, Jackie West Barnes of New Bern, NC, Jo Gibbons of Leesburg, VA, and Judy Farrell of Charlotte, NC; thirteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Johnny was a member of Myers Park and Biltmore Forest County Clubs. He was born to a golfing family, and remained an avid golfer. His love for golf, sailing and the ocean never wavered.

A graveside service will be held in the Garden at Christ Episcopal Church on Friday, January 10th at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Novant Health Hospice and Palliative Care, PO Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233-3549.


  • Graveside Service Friday, January 10, 2014

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Bob Crews

February 20, 2014

A wonderful man that I met through my employment at Graybar Electric in Winston-Salem ('69-'06). I enjoyed many rounds of golf and numerous lunches, dinners and drinks with 'Cush'. An impressive and most enjoyable man - that I will never forget. Thanks for the memories...

January 23, 2014

This note is from Madeleine Hahn and Ed Clark who knew and enjoyed so much, the friendship of Boo and John at Inlet Point where we shared interest in a lovely ocean ft condo for years. We will miss their energy and love for our beach. McLean, Va.

David Webber

January 13, 2014

My condolences to the Cushman family. My formative years were while I was employed at The John Cushman Agency. It was a great place to work and learn about life and business, which I truly did. Cush's leadership was highly regarded and appreciated.
Cush was admired and widely respected by all.
Thanks for the many memories Cush. Also,Don,Jerry,and Carolyn.

Peter Thevaos

January 11, 2014

To the Cushman family my sincerest sympathies and regards. So sorry for your loss. I was a Phil's Deli acquaintance of John and Boo. I will miss them both. May their memories be eternal.

Jo Gibbons

January 9, 2014

A letter to Johnny

Dearest Johnny,

I cannot say that we became friends in the years that you and Mom were married, I wish we had. Your history is so fascinating, yet I never took the time to ask you about your life. What was important to me was always evident. There was never any mystery about the kind of man you are, one look at Mom or the two of you together told that story. Borrowing a line from our family history – You are one of the White Hat Cowboys, which meant hero. May I say you wear your wisdom wrapped in dignity and your humility covered in grace. I have described you consistently through the years as a true Southern Gentleman. That you are!

My mother truly lived two lifetimes. But it was not until Mom married you, Johnny, that she blossomed into the person she was meant to be. She adored you; completely adored you and her life with you! You made her so very happy! I am certainly not alone among her six children in our appreciation and admiration of you. Our heartfelt gratitude for your Love and care of our Mom. Thank you for being her Hero!

God Bless You Always!


And, Matt, Bill, Faye, Dick, Jenny, Mike, Sheila, Jackie, Phil, Judy, John and Molly (tail wagging)

Jo Gibbons

January 9, 2014

Jo Gibbons

January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014

Paula and Brooks, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad...he and Rita were such good friends of my parents, Becky and Fleming Stone, back in the day! I borrowed a Cushman girl's veil when I got married 30 years ago. Have both my children getting married this year...wish I had Becky and Rita here now to help! Thinking of you!
Betsy Stone Keiger

January 8, 2014

The first time I met John Cushman I felt like I was in the presence of Cary Grant. He was a classy Southern gentleman. With our regards and prayers to you all,
Jinnette & Bill Hathaway


January 8, 2014

My deepest sympathy goes out to family and friends during this difficult time.