HIGH POINT — Mr. John Charles Teague, 82, resident of High Point, died June 23, 2020 at his home.
He was born June 22, 1938 in Guilford County, a son to the late Roy and Beulah Moss Teague. He grew up in this area and was a 1957 graduate of High Point High School and a 1963 graduate of High Point College where he acquired a degree in business and sociology. After graduation, John worked as a juvenile probation officer before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1961, being stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado with the Military Police. After serving with the Military Police, he worked briefly with the Army’s Chemical Division. He left the Army as an E5 in Dec. 1963 and came home to meet the “love of his life”, the former Ann Elizabeth Armentrout. After a year of courtship, they married in 1965 and celebrated their 54th anniversary last Nov.
John’s career was in Personnel Administration. He worked at Clarendon Industries for many years as the Personnel Director and after retirement worked as the Customer Service Director at Ilderton Dodge. Following retirement, John liked to say he became a “professional piddler.” John grew up in Ward St. United Methodist Church and was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1975. While at First United Methodist, he served as an usher, member of the church council, and was Chair of the Staff Parrish Committee on two occasions. John was a member of the Numa F. Reid Masonic Lodge and also was an active member of the YMCA Indian Guides with his young sons, serving as the Nation Chief in the 1970’s.
His hobbies included camping, hiking, yard work, and traveling to many countries and all fifty states. He loved to talk and never met a stranger. As one of his friends recently noted, John was a master at “capturing the moment.” He’ll be remembered for his sense of humor and entertaining conversation. From ordering decaffinated water in a restaurant to asking how someone’s altitude was, to announcing that squash was the best vegetable to go with roadkill, John was always engaged with those he was around. If he was asked a puzzling or embarrassing question, John would often answer, “I have a hesitancy of articulating for fear of prevaricating an illogical inexactitude.” Some of our fondest memories of John will include him getting stuck in a treetop after the limb he was cutting fell and broke the ladder….his brother’s ladder, washing his truck in the river during his early camping days, finding sharks teeth on the beach (a skill he has passed on to his children and grandchildren), and being late for dinner (and often never showing up) when out camping because he was at another campsite striking up a conversation and capturing the moment with fellow campers.
Surviving is his wife, Ann Teague, of the residence; two sons, John Mark Teague (Denise) of Waynesville and David Lauck Teague (Keena) of Fuquay Varina; brother, Carlyle Teague (Linda) of High Point; and five grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew, Zachary, Philip and Ethan. John loved his family and grandchildren and wanted to be with them on any occasion he could. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Andrea Elizabeth Teague in 1973 and brother, Roy (Sonny) Teague in 2018.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at First United Methodist Church in High Point with Rev. Debra Swing officiating. The visitation will be held from
10 -10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the Epworth Room at the church. Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 512 N. Main St. High Point, N.C. 27260.
Special thanks is extended from the family to all of his caregivers.