Raymond Silwood Carson, known to most as "Ray," 86, Lonedell, departed this life in Gerald Sunday, May 13, 2012.|
Mr. Carson was born in Valles Mines Oct. 15, 1925, the son of Acquilla Silwood Carson and wife Gussie Byington, nee Walker.
On July 17, 1945, he was united in marriage to Mildred Pauline Roberts, known to most as "Pauline," and three daughters came to bless this union.
Mr. Carson is survived by his wife, Pauline Carson, Lonedell; his daughters, Judith Strother and husband Bob, Union, Janice Harper and husband Treffie, Sullivan, and Jeanie Schulte and husband Otis, Gerald; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Acquilla and Gussie Carson; two brothers, Albert and Charlie Carson; and eight sisters, Francis Hinton, Maude Gauny, Frieda Hinton, Frona Hodges, Ella Young, Isabell Cantrell, Sylvia Carson and Elsie Mitchell.
Mr. Carson was a Christian having been raised in the Baptist faith and believing in the Lord as his Savior.
He was proud to have served his country as a private 1st class in the U.S. Army during World War II, entering Dec. 1, 1943, and receiving his honorable discharge Dec. 21, 1945.
Mr. Carson was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2, St. Louis. He had worked as a lineman through the union hall for different companies.
He had a passion for working the family farm, where he raised cattle, crops and hay. Favorite pastimes included hunting and fishing. In recent years, he enjoyed watching deer feed.
What meant the most to Mr. Carson was his family and the wonderful times they shared. His children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, just as he did in theirs.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 17, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Dickie Hinson officiating.
Interment was in the Huff Family Cemetery, Lonedell.
Memorials to the Salvation Army are preferred.
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home. St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on May 23, 2012