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Olander LaBroi Cuthrell

August 27, 1946 ~ October 27, 2015 (age 69)

Obituary

The Man, The Musician, The Legacy... On August 27, 1946, Mr. Olander LaBroi Cuthrell affectionately known as "Landis" & "LC" made his grand entrance into the earthly realm. He is the son of the late Dallas Alexander and Mamie Lou Cuthrell. He was a proud 1964 graduate from Unity High School and still boasts his class ring. He also attended Dudley Cosmetology School in Charlotte, NC. He loved softball; not only did he play the game, he also coached a team sponsored by Mr. Quick. He eventually started his own team whom he named The Landrelles and built a team that was a force to be reckoned with. He also coached several basketball and football teams for the Statesville Recreation Department. He was a proud Scottish Rite Mason and well known on several jobs including Holland Transfer, Clark Equipment Company, City of Statesville NC, Kam KES Trucking, and William T. Burnette, his final employer. Growing up the son of a musician, when blood was drawn from his veins if you looked close enough you might have caught a glimpse of little music notes swimming in it. He started playing the piano at age 5 and at age 16 he began ministering through music at his home church Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion in Harmony, NC. He played the keys (piano, organ, and keyboard), drums, trombone, bongos, the harmonica... and could Hambone like no other. A strategic musician, he said he never tried to play like anyone else; he had his own music style and purpose which was, "to make the notes talk." When he played the keys you could feel the words with or without a vocalist; that was his little thing that he did. He said that way, people would always want to hear him again. He was indeed a well sought after musician. He played in a plethora of venues for many churches, singers, weddings, funerals, birthday parties, anniversaries and more. He started the first choir at Piney Grove and called them The Mighty Pioneers. He played in almost every church in the county and was instrumental in several groups including The Tears of Joy, The Interfaith Choir, The Bethel Congregation Men's Choir, The Holsey Memorial C.M.E. Choir, The Lilly's Chapel Holiness Church Spiritual Voices, Bible Way Church #1 Gospel Jubilees, Caldwell Chapel A.M.E. Choir and more. At the time of his departure, he was back where he started as the Minister of Music at Piney Grove. In pain and feeble, he made his way back to Piney Grove on Sunday October 11, 2015 for one last hoorah! Boy did he play up something that day! He was preceded in death by three brothers, Quincy Houpe, Lewis and Sylvester Cuthrell; one sister, Helen Pruitt; special friends known as "The Posse," including Nate Brown, Charles Gray, O.T. Chambers and James Houpe (who still survives). He is also survived by his wife, (whom he wedded on 9/27/03) Venessa Cuthrell of the home; two sisters, Mrs. Mamie (Robert) Jones of Cooleemee, NC, and Mrs. Molly (Ray) Redmond of Harmony, NC; one brother, Jesse Cuthrell of Lexington, NC; five brothers-in-law, Leo Pruitt of Harmony, NC, Barry Wilson, Wade Wilson, David (Bernadette) Wilson, and Keith Wilson of Mocksville, NC; two sisters-in-law, Sheila (Alphonzo) Keaton and Deedra (James) Scott of Woodleaf, NC. He was the son-in-law of Ms. Ceola Wilson of Mocksville, NC, who is also one of the original Mighty Pioneers. He leaves a legacy through his children Tyna (Larry) Redmond of Statesville, NC, Sheldon (Tammy) Cuthrell of Greensboro, NC, O. DeShea (Jacqueline) Cuthrell of Richmond, VA, Candris (Julian) Gillespie and Sharice Cuthrell of Greensboro, NC, Taurus (Anary) Bellamy of Statesville, NC, Tyrone Bellamy of Charlotte, NC, Jamie (Zenetra) Turner and Traci Turner of Statesville, NC, Trina (Eddie), Billy (Jane), Carlos (Pooh), Antwonne Redmond and Tyqwan Scott all of Mocksville, NC. He was honorary father to his 1st grandson Cameron "CJ" Cuthrell of Statesville, NC and one of his proudest moments occurred on August 27, 1992 when his 1st granddaughter Shakia Hayes was born on his 46th birthday. Affectionately, "PawPaw" spoiled rotten 33 grands, 5 great-grands, including Landon Cuthrell of Killeen, TX who was named after him, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and even his great-grand puppy, Milo, who visited him faithfully. Landis considered himself just a good ole country boy born and raised in Harmony, NC. He was one who took great pleasure not in the finer things, but the simple things in life. His character was to make a fuss over you, but would not dare let you make a fuss over him UNLESS he was running low on his favorite candy. A man of great faith, he held true to his belief that all you need is faith the size of a grain of a mustard seed to move mountains. After several rounds of radiation, it broke his bones, but it didn't break his faith. Rounds of chemo ravished his body, but not his swag nor sense of humor. Even on his worse days he was known to make somebody laugh. Out of all of his accomplishments and achievements, on Oct. 8, 2015 he looked Sharice in her eyes and said, "If anyone should ever write, my life story, for whatever reason there might be. You'd be there, between each line of pain and glory. So you tell them Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me." It is a fact that the works he's done speaks volumes for him in the lives of many and the legacy of music that he leaves behind in the many musicians that he raised and trained. He took rest from all of his labor and battle with an extended illness at Silas Creek Rehabilitation Center in Winston-Salem, NC on October 27, 2015. Leaving a pattern like only he could, his significant dates were 8/27, 9/27 and 10/27. Rest on Landis Cuthrell the man, the musician, the legacy... To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Olander LaBroi Cuthrell please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery

Harmoney, NC,

Visitation

NOV 1. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)

Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion

Harmony, NC

Service

NOV 2. 1:00 PM (EST)

Christ Cathedral Church of Deliverance

612 S Race Street

Statesville, NC

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