Just a list cobbled together in a previous century and recently happened onto….
Born in North Carolina, though not usually associated with it: Howard Cosell, Soupy Sales and Elwood Edwards
Not born in North Carolina, though usually associated with it: Michael Jordan, James Taylor and John Shelton Reed
Died of natural causes in North Carolina: Sidney Lanier, Wolfman Jack, Kate Smith, three sets of Siamese twins and the last two surviving members of baseball’s Gashouse Gang.
Died in a mental hospital fire in North Carolina: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda
Died in a Civil War prison camp in North Carolina: Dr. Livingston’s son David
Died at sea off North Carolina: Aaron Burr’s daughter Theodosia.
Died in North Carolina after being attacked by a turkey while nodding off on his front porch: Samuel Spencer
Died in car wrecks in North Carolina: Dr. Charles Drew, Jack Johnson and Fireball Roberts.
Nearly died in a car wreck in North Carolina: Stevie Wonder
Nearly died in a train wreck in North Carolina: Annie Oakley
Took sick in North Carolina and almost died: Babe Ruth
Took sick in North Carolina and did die: Jim Henson
Hanged in North Carolina: Tom Dula
Hanged in effigy in North Carolina: Dean Smith
Buried in North Carolina in the same cemetery in Asheville: Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry
Buried in North Carolina in the same cemetery in Shelby: W. J. Cash and Thomas Dixon
Buried in North Carolina but moved to Virginia after her monument was vandalized: Robert E. Lee’s daughter Annie Carter Lee
First of two parts