Dr. Jonathan Vernon Hoyle, Jr.
Born of Veora Carlton Hoyle and Jonathan Vernon Hoyle, Sr. in Durham, NC on December 17, 1938, Jonathan Vernon Hoyle, Jr. died peacefully on March 2, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, after an extended illness.
Vernon was educated at Durham High School where he played basketball and football, achieving membership on the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team. He was named to the Associated Press All-State and All East teams, along with other honors, including a full football scholarship to the University of Tennessee, where he started at Center all four years.
After graduating with his Bachelor of Science, he entered Officer Candidate School with the United States Navy. He served as a commissioned officer and piloted helicopters during the Vietnam Conflict.
Upon completing active naval service as a 1st Lieutenant, he enrolled in the graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Master of Arts in Teaching and a Doctorate in Education.
He worked for New Hanover County Schools for a number of years, as a teacher, counselor and an administrator. He later became an Associate Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and also served as a consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
In 1997, Vernon became Executive Director of the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation in Forest City, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2009. Among his accomplishments, he expanded the McNair mentoring program to include grades 9-12, established mentor retreats, expanded the Jump Start program, launched the GEAR UP program to assist middle school students, and created a silent auction to benefit the Mary O. Hamrick Fund, which supports students at East Rutherford High School. He developed a collaborative relationship between the McNair Foundation and Gardner-Webb University, and implemented a program with winners of the Reaching One's Potential for Excellence (ROPE) Award to offer special thanks to their parents.
During his retirement, Vernon was able to travel nationally and internationally, as well as complete and publish a novel, "Out of the Blue."
Vernon is survived by his wife of 31 years, Christine, brother William S. Hoyle (Linda), and daughters Robin King, Heather Pendergast-Baker (Doug), and Julianna Martinez; stepdaughters Cindy Fuller (Chris) and Kim Dreibholz (Peter); nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday, March 10, 2018 in the St. Francis Episcopal Church of Rutherfordton. Interment will follow in the Rutherfordton City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5 until 8 pm at The Padgett & King Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Episcopal Church,395 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139, or Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Post Office Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or the Mary O. Hamrick Fund at East Rutherford High School, 331 East High Road, Bostic, North Carolina 28018
The Padgett & King Mortuary is serving the Hoyle family. An online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com.