Memorial Service Friday for Hugh Solomon
Pep Band Director, Husband of Dean of Students Died Unexpectedly Sunday
March 13, 2013
Hugh Solomon is pictured directing the Pep Band at a basketball game this winter.
The campus was stunned to learn of Hugh Solomon's passing earlier this week. Hugh, who started the WC Pep Band two years ago, was the husband of Sigrid Solomon, vice president for student life and dean of students, and father of their son, Seth.
Visitation will be held this Friday, March 15, from 11:00 a.m. until noon, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 225 Randolph Street, in Wilmington. The service, also at Cornerstone, will be held at noon. There will be a repast immediately following the service. More information can be found here:
Hugh Solomon, Jr.
AUGUST 7, 1966 - MARCH 10, 2013
Hugh Solomon, Jr. age 46, of Wilmington, died Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Clinton Memorial Hospital. He was the son of Hugh and Margaret Myrick Solomon, Sr. Hugh graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.
Hugh Solomon was an accomplished agriculturalist, educator and administrator who traveled the country spreading his contagious beliefs about the power of positive decision making. Born on August 7, 1966 in Newport News, Virginia and raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Hugh began working on the family farm at a very young age. As he grew up, he played a key role in the day-to-day operations of the farm, which taught him how farming and business go hand-in-hand. Hugh graduated from Williamston High School in 1985 and went on to study Agriculture Education at North Carolina State University where he combined his two passions-football and agricultural.
Upon graduating from college in 1990, Hugh went on to teach agriculture and horticulture at Northern Nash High School and Beddingfield High School, both in North Carolina. It was there that he discovered his true calling of education and leadership among high school students. As his educational career expanded, Hugh went on to share his vision and wisdom at many colleges, including: Martin Community College, Emory & Henry College, Community College of Vermont, Southern Vermont College, and Wilmington College.
Through his work in admissions, advising, and teaching, he soon realized that his life perspective and beliefs could make a difference in students' lives. At Emory & Henry College, Hugh organized leadership development programs for students. As a football coach he taught his players that success is the result of hard work and determination. Through his numerous presentations and ongoing commitment to serving others, Hugh stressed that each of us to has the power within to get the most out of life's opportunities and that no matter how we stumble, we can always land right side up. He lived by the belief that as we travel life's journey, it is the way we handle the challenges that makes all the difference.
Hugh took his message to the airwaves and was featured in both radio and television segments. In 1999, Hugh was featured on a noontime television program out of Washington, North Carolina entitled Country Rover. In 2006, he participated in a radio show titled Community Corners, broadcasted out of Bennington, Vermont. Hugh had hopes of completing a book entitled Right Side Up based on his personal philosophy and life experiences.
Hugh Solomon, Jr. affected change within individuals and organizations through is motivational, inspirational, and fresh perspective on life. His gentle sense of humor and uplifting style made for a dynamic speaker whose speeches left audiences with a lasting impression. Hugh was an entrepreneur and started his own business called Believing Achieving Inspiring Transforming (BAIT).
He also worked as a Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones in Wilmington, and worked part-time in the Wilmington College Music Department where he started the current Pep Band. Hugh was an active member of Future Farmers of America (FFA) where he was on the National Chapter Award Committee and during his high school years served as a North Carolina State FFA Officer.
Hugh often lectured at local and national FFA events. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Mu Beta Psi National Honorary Musical Fraternity, and Alpha Gamma Rho Agriculture Fraternity.
He is survived by his wife, Sigrid Bonner Solomon; son, Seth Matthew Solomon of Wilmington; mother, Margaret Howell of Williamstown, North Carolina; sister, Deloris Council of Williamstown, North Carolina; brother, Melvin Solomon of Williamstown, North Carolina; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Hugh Solomon, Sr., and stepfather, Haywood Howell.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 225 Randolph Street, Wilmington, Ohio. There will be a repast immediately following the service. The Turner & Son Funeral Home, Hillsboro, is assisting with local services.
Services in North Carolina will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Highway 903, Oak City, North Carolina. Burial will take place in the Jones Chapel Cemetery. Puckett and Purkett Funeral Services are assisting with North Carolina services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Turner & Son Funeral Home, P.O. Box 127, Hillsboro, Ohio 45177. For more information or to sign our on-line register, please visit www.turnerfuneralhomes.cc