Tanga Jo Radford

October 6, 1953July 4, 2019

Tanga Jo West Radford, age 65, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Transitions Hospice Care in Raleigh, NC.

Born and raised in Warsaw, NC, Tanga attended Peace college and East Carolina University where she graduated with a degree in early childhood education. She taught for over 30 years before retiring to spend more time with her miniature schnauzer, Seagle. Her loving and caring disposition enriched the lives of many, from the “Shining Stars” in her classroom, to all of her family and friends.

Tanga was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lois West, and her loving husband Bill “Chip” Radford Jr.

She is survived by her two children, Heather Aziz (husband Adam) and Cameron Radford; and sister and brother; Anna and Jimmy West.

A gathering for friends and family will be held in Raleigh, NC, at Brier Creek Country Club on July 13th at 2pm.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made in Tanga’s honor to Transitions Life Care of Raleigh or the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children.


  • Celebration of Her Life Saturday, July 13, 2019


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Mary Mullins

July 12, 2019

I worked with Tanga many years ago at Powell GT Magnet School. She was a kind, energetic, and creative teacher. Heather, my son, Brandon, was your classmate.
May happy times you shared help ease your loss and bring comfort to all of you now and in the months and years ahead.

With our sympathy,
Mary and Brandon Mullins

Nadine DiNizo

July 12, 2019

Tanga was a wonderful person who was always smiling. She will be missed by her family and friends. Condolences and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Nadine and Domenick DiNizo

Candy Baskett

July 11, 2019

My daughter was one of Mrs. Radford's "Shining Stars" when Green Year Round opened. Tanga was full of energy and love for her students. She impacted the lives of so many children and their families. She will be missed.

Jennifer Ostling

July 11, 2019

Tanga or Mrs. Radford as we knew her at Sycamore Creek, was my daughter’s kindergarten teacher. She was wonderful and so caring. My best memory is Tanga’s smile. Bright and beautiful. Our prayers are with all of you.

Francisca Heinrich

July 10, 2019

Tanga was such a joy to everyone here at Brier Creek and I’m sure with everyone she ever met. She was always smiling and it was contagious. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her friends and family. We will all miss her dearly. She has now joined Chip to be together again.

Glenn and Francisca Heinrich

Patrick Kinlaw

July 10, 2019

Tanga was an extraordinarily gifted teacher/educator. Rarely do you find someone with her patience; even for the most challenging learner. I was blessed to be associated with many outstanding teachers while I was the principal at Powell GT Magnet and Tanga was certainly one of them. I learned a great deal about good teaching by observing Tanga. She made me a better leader and for that I am most thankful, not to mention what she did for countless numbers of children. She was such a gift to us all.


Patrick C. Kinlaw
Former Principal, Powell GT Magnet, Wake County, NC
Retired Superintendent, Henrico County Public Schools, VA

Michael Hasty

July 10, 2019

My memories come from our youth. She was sweet, kind, and beautiful. Always took time to share her kind and thoughtful heart. Many Blessings to her and her family, may she rest high on The Mountain.

Chip Mack

July 9, 2019

Tanga was an inspiration to her students and colleagues. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Sunil Nagaraj

July 9, 2019

She was my second grade teacher and was one of the most supportive educators of my life. She was full of energy and passion for learning.

Deborah Radford Johnston

July 9, 2019

So many memories... from the very first day we met and taught second grade as newbies at Princeton, to being roomies until we got married and were in each other's wedding, to purchasing crickets for her classroom at 6:30 am downtown, to crabbing on the houseboat. One thing that never changed was Tanga's sweetness. My love to Heather and Cameron as you live out your parents' legacy. Much love to Anna and Jimmy! Anna, you are the best sister and I know Tanga knew you were there with her til the end.