Albert Melvin Carson, 74, of Cumming, Ga., and formerly of Quincy, died on Friday (Oct. 25, 2013) in Emory University Hospital in Decatur, Ga. He was born and raised in Quincy. His dad passed away when he was only 9 and he was raised by his mother after that. He has two brothers, George and Donny, who died about five years ago. He went to Catholic school and was taught by nuns and had many tales to tell. Once he threw a snowball through an open window of the school and it hit the nun that happened to be there. Of course, they caught him and you know that the nuns were tough task masters. He was also an altar boy for many years. In high school he was a good athlete, played on the intercity basketball team and they were city champions a number of years in a row. You can imagine that he was popular with the girls. After high school he went into the military and after basic training was assigned to a unit with top security clearance and sent to Okuhida, Japan, to monitor communications between different countries. After his three-year stint, he went to school at the University of Illinois and earned a degree in liberal arts and worked for the university security unit. Al married in 1984 and they celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in August. He really loved the Lord, his wife, his family and friends and his dogs. He was a gentle man who would always have kind and encouraging words for others and tried to help where he could. Al had a number of careers, the first one out of college with a pharmaceutical company selling (legal) drugs. After 13 years of that he had enough and went into estate planning and insurance sales. When he moved to Atlanta in the 1980s, he became a probation officer and when he moved to Nashville he worked as a counselor for DHS in child and adult protective services. In this role he impacted the lives of many, especially children. He was a two-time cancer survivor, lung and brain cancer, and the radiation took a toll on him. He retired when he moved back to Atlanta in 2000. He liked to read, spend time with family and friends and loved to dance. He also greatly enjoyed working in the yard, planting and just making it a nice place. He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene Carson, his sons, Ross, Mark and Craig and his children by marriage, Hans, Keith and Elke Tubbs Prosser. He is also survived by his sister, Anna Kamphaus of Quincy, and his brother, George Carson. Al touched many lives during his career as a counselor for the Department of Human Services and as a probation officer for the city of Atlanta. He will be missed by many. SERVICES: 9 a.m. Friday in the Sunset Apartments Chapel with the Rev. John Kennedy. Inurnment will be Sunset Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post No. 37. MEMORIALS: Salvation Army ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, Quincy. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2013