CARLISLE, Al born Dec. 20, 1929 in Charlotte, NC, and went to Heaven Nov. 3, 2012. He was a 1948 graduate of Hillsborough High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Tampa Fire Department, as a Captain, in 1974 after receiving a serious injury while fighting a fire in downtown Tampa. Al was a longtime member of Belmont Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for many years. He later became an active member of Campers on Mission, and for many years they traveled with other volunteers throughout the U.S. doing volunteer mission work for churches that could not afford the expense of building additions or making needed repairs. It was a commitment to God that he took very serious and he was active until his health failed him and he had to stop. In his later years, he was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Brandon. Al was a talented carpenter and was always anxious to help friends with home improvements and repairs. His carpentry skills also enabled him to build three houses from scratch. He also enjoyed gardening and painting and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was the last surviving of his four brothers; Jack, Frank, Buck, and Robert and he will be buried at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. He is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Bobby Carter Carlisle; daughter, Janice Fry (Keith); son, David Carlisle (Renee). He was also blessed with three grandchildren, Rio, Max and Anthony. The family requests that all who knew and loved Al attend a memorial service on Dec. 1st at 11 am at Belmont Baptist Church, in Temple Terrace, FL. Please dress casually & come prepared to share a happy memory of Al.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 11, 2012