OBITUARY

Alan W. Cone

February 13, 1926February 6, 2019

Alan Wolf Cone passed away on February 6, 2019. At his request his body will be cremated and interred in the Cone family cemetery. As Alan requested and out of consideration for the family, there will be no formal funeral or visitation.

Alan was born in Greensboro on February 13, 1926 to Herman and Louise Cone.

He graduated from Greensboro High School in May, 1943 and enlisted in the Navy in the V-12 program. He was sent to UNC and graduated in October, 1945, at the age of 19 with a degree from UNC and a commission in the Navy. He was assigned to duty in the Pacific theatre. On receiving an honorary discharge from the Navy, he returned home and started his career at Cone Mills.

After 14 years in various parts of the family controlled Company, he seized the opportunity to buy controlling interest in an apparel company in Greensboro, Blue Gem Manufacturing Company founded in 1934. After ten years of operating successfully, the demise of the textile and apparel business in the United States began to become apparent. Four plants were sold to Blue Bell and the two remaining plants continued to operate until they too were sold in the 1990’s. Blue Gem was turned into a real estate holding company. He continued to manage the company at his office on Banking Street.

A caring member of the community he was active on many community boards and foundations. He served in many rolls with the Boy Scout council and received the Silver Beaver award, the highest honor given by a Boy Scout Council. He served on the Moses Cone Hospital board for many years and at its chairman from 1978 until 1982. He was a board member of L. Richardson Memorial Hospital, Triad Health Project, United Way of Greater Greensboro, Family and Children Services, Oak Ridge Military Academy, Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and Temple Emanuel. He was also on the boards of NCNB Greensboro, Gate City Savings and Loan Association, Greensboro Rotary Club, and Greensboro Country Club. He and Sally received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the association of Fund Raising Professionals. They received the UNCG Holderness Weaver Award which honors individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the community and state, and The NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood citation award, Greensboro’s highest citizenship award.

He followed the advice written to his great grandfather when he emigrated to America almost 200 years ago expressing hope that “if he became wealthy in that distant land do not let it make you proud and overbearing. Do not let anyone call you a miser, but be known as a philanthropist”. He was good to Greensboro, and Greensboro was good to him. He gave generously to charity, especially United Way, Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Salvation Army, Urban Ministry, Greensboro Jewish Federation, and many others. He and Sally established and funded a major scholarship at UNCG named for Sally and Alan Cone.

He received his pilot’s license in 1948, and enjoyed his Beechcraft Barons for the next 60 years. He especially loved flying his boys to the Bahamas and exploring many of the out islands. He and Sally took many flights, down to the Dominican Republic, north to Quebec, and west to the coast. He was an accomplished woodworker and an avid low handicap golfer. He was proud of winning the Cone Mills championship but never reached his goal of Country Club champion but was runner up in that tournament in 1957. He looked forward to the Saturday games with two high school friends for over sixty years.

Surviving are his beloved wife of forty-two years, Sally S. Cone; his four children, Elaine C. "Bunny" Bulluck (David), Alan Cone, Jr. (Suzanne), Stephen B. Cone (Caroline), and Louis (Billy) Cone. Step children, Sararlee Smithwick and Nance Smithwick (Roger Beebe). Also seven grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Louise Cone and his brother, Herman Cone, Jr.

Online condolences can be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

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Alan W. Cone

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Margaret Underwood

February 12, 2019

My mother always said that Alan and my brother, Bill, were the smartest children in the first grade at Irving Park school. Alan laughed at this and said..no we weren't. There was a girl there who was smarter than we were. I cannot remember her name now, but looked her up on the internet and sure enough she had won several awards and was a great humanitarian. She was also an M.D. I wish I could remember her name. I loved Alan so very much and love Sally as well. I will miss him.

Dennis Barry

February 11, 2019

Dear Cone Family,

It is an honor and privilege to have known Alan for many years. When he was Chairman of the Board of Moses Cone Hospital, he recruited Dennis from UNC-Chapel Hill to come to Cone as the CEO. Serving as CEO for 25 years was an honor and privilege, and we have Alan to thank for this. May he rest in peace after a full, productive life.
Dennis and Betty Barry

Jody Natalle

February 11, 2019

Dear Sally and Family,

I am so sad to hear that Alan has passed and wish you strength at this time. I have such fond memories of the evenings at your home when those of us in women's studies had "strategy dinners" with Sally to plan for the structure and support of a permanent program at UNCG. Alan would pop in to say hello, chat for a few moments, and then leave us to our discussions. To me, this always showed great support for you, Sally, and the importance of women and women's studies. I know many of us from UNCG are so appreciative of the endowment and other forms of support that Alan and Sally provided in the early-middle years of building a program at UNCG. Alan was a wonderful man.

Jody Natalle

Eddie & Nancy Cornelius

February 9, 2019

Alan was a wonderful man and friend. We have fond memories of our many trips together. Alan was proud of his family and often shared his love and concern for all or you. We are truly sad that he is gone from us.

Laurie Sebastian

February 8, 2019

Dearest Cone Family,
I was so saddened to hear about Alan. He was such a great friend to my Dad going back many many years (one of my Dad's regular foursome for 60+ years referred to in this lovely write-up). He was also a great friend to Greensboro with his generous contributions and philanthropic acts, leaving a legacy that will benefit the community far into the future. I was always impressed by his calm and unassuming demeanor, his kindness and generosity, and his awesome sense of humor. The poem he wrote and read for my Dad’s 90th birthday party was the highlight of the evening! We were so honored and blessed to have known him. I hope it comforts you all to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew your him. He was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed.
Laurie (Little) Sebastian

Evan Morrison

February 8, 2019

I was privileged to meet and spend time with Alan during the last 6 years, learning about his careers in the textile industry as well as apparel manufacturing industries. His passion and knowledge was truly from a bygone era. His family pride and knowledge of family history was constantly present in these conversations and visits. He is truly the last of his era, and will be sorely missed by many. His integrity and humbleness were two of his character traits that made him a very special person to me, and many others. I will always fondly remember being honored with the opportunity to gift him a Blue Gem denim coat from the era during which he owned the company, and the delight of seeing him don it for the first time. It was my absolute moment of pride to show him the Denim at The Depot exhibit, showcasing Greensboro's rich textile and manufacturing history related to denim, as he and Sally were invited for a private tour of the exhibit before its opening day, along with other members of the Cone family. What a privilege to befriend him it was for me. May he rest in peace knowing he fulfilled the family letter to the fullest degree.

Sincerely,
Evan

Laurie Sebastian

February 8, 2019

Dearest Cone Family,
I was so saddened to hear about Alan. He was such a great friend to my Dad going back many many years. And he was a great friend to Greensboro with his contributions and philanthropic acts, leaving a legacy that will benefit the community into the future. I was always impressed by his calm and unassuming demeanor, his kindness and generosity, and his awesome sense of humor. The poem he wrote and read for my Dad’s 90th birthday party was priceless! We were so honored and blessed to have known him.
I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew your dad. He was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed.
Sincerest condolences,
Laurie (Little) Sebastian

Sherry Bundy Royal

February 8, 2019

Sincere condolences from the Bundy family

(cousin of Emily Bundy and her children)

Wade Jenkins

February 8, 2019

I knew Alan as my employment superior for many years. It was a joy and benifit to have done so. Having now just past a century in age with fond memories of Alan and his family.

Steve Williams

February 8, 2019

I met Alan several times while I was on the board of trustees at Oak Ridge Military Academy. Alan was always a gracious and polite man as well as generous with his time and wealth. May he Rest In Peace.

FROM THE FAMILY