Elbert Carby, 88, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at the VAMC. |
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Myers and Smith Funeral Home. Graveside service with Naval Honors will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton with Doug Shelley, pastor of East Side Baptist Church, officiating.
Elbert was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Lewis, Ark., to Florence Moore Carby and Ike Carby. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was aboard the USS Sargent Bay, USS Tripoli, and USS Lake Champlain in the Pacific. He received the following medals: Victory World War II, Asiatic Pacific Area, and American Area. He married Lida Florene Kemp on June 24, 1949. She preceded him in death on Aug. 15, 2004. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone after 40 years of service. He came to Big Spring 26 years ago from Clovis, N.M. He was a Methodist.
He is survived by one son, Gerald Carby of Farwell, Texas; eight grandchildren, Bruce Allan Carby Jr. of Stanton, David Carby of Midland, Matthew Murphree of Albuquerque, N.M., Alison Murphree and Samuel Murphree, both of Big Spring, Terry Carby of Hurlburt AFB, Fla., Christopher Carby of Fort Carson, Colo., and Elias Kinney of Clovis, N.M.; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three children, Edna Carby, Bruce Carby, and Janice Carby, along with 10 brothers and sisters.
Arrangements are by Myers and Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in Big Spring Herald on Nov. 17, 2016