David Thomas Cauthen

July 31, 1945 ~ December 20, 2020 (age 75)


David Thomas Cauthen was born to Henry Cauthen and Nevora (Sharpe) Cauthen on July 31, 1945 in Pittsburg, PA.  His Aunt Anne took him and raised him in Cleveland, OH until he was around 12 years old.  He then moved to Newark, NJ where he was reunited with his mother and siblings.   

David attended public schools most of his life, but after 11th grade he opted to get his GED.  In, Feb. 1965 he enlisted in the Army where he ended up fighting in the Vietnam War.  While in the army he earned a Parachutist Badge, an Expeditionary Medal AFEXM Ribbon citation award, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, an Overseas Service bar, and a Double Purple Heart (10LC) Medal.  He left the Army in 1968 as a promotable Sergeant.    

David had several loves. He loved playing pool, he loved working on cars (which he did for a living-specializing on foreign cars), he loved his family, he loved Allah and his Muslim faith.   
David met Rosa Lee Christopher in 1969 and between them had 3 kids: David Safeidi (Texas), Thomas Taifa (Texas) and Twantanisha Malikata (Texas).  In December of 1975, he met Nancy Davis and they had Sa’Rah Lateefah (New Jersey). David also had 3 step-children Tremayne Davis (North Carolina), Ericka L. Davis (New Jersey) and Ericka M. Sessoms-Redic (Texas). David was like a father to many, but Audrey (Todd), Simone, John, Teisila, Jamillah, lil Todd and his best bud Ceon stand out. 

David was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Irwin (Freddie) Cauthen, Michael (Mickie) Cauthen, Harold Cauthen-Robinson and Regina Cauthen-Robinson.   
He is survived by all 7 of his children, 21 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, his sister - Gloria (Teresa), two brothers - Wayne and Demetrius (Tony), and a host of relatives including nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. David was deeply loved and will be truly missed. 

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January 8, 2021

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
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Military Honors
January 8, 2021

11:30 AM
Washington Crossing National Cemetery
830 Highland Road
Newton, PA 18940

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