Stony Point, N. C. ~ John Henry Retherford, 68, of North Thomas Street, Stony Point, N. C. passed away on August 29, 2010. John was a long time Piedmont Archaeology Society member and avid artifact collector. He was featured on 3-pages of Who’s Who in Indian Relics # 6 in 1984.
John was born in 1943 in Indiana. He had collected arrowheads since he was a small boy but became seriously interested in 1975 when he attended a show in Winchester, Indiana. He said Cameron Parks encouraged him to collect slate artifacts. Cameron even allowed John study his slate artifacts, which was an honor, as Cameron would not let most people even touch his relics.
John and his family moved to North Carolina in 1977 where he was a dairy farmer raising registered Jersey cows. This was a family business involving John, his father and a brother. Later, after the passing of his family, John more recently worked on farms near his home in Stony Point. John was well known and very knowledgeable about Indian artifacts. He will be missed by his many friends, acquaintances and fellow collectors. Chapman Funeral Home assisted the family of John Retherford. A memorial service was to be held at a later date.
John is shown in the accompanying photo taken at the Berry Site archaeological site near Morganton, N.C. on July 14, 2007.
Photo & article submitted by Ron L. Harris
John H. Retherford