COLUMBUS- Homer Clint Carder, Jr., 91, of Columbus, North Carolina passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 24, 2013. He was a resident of Tryon Estates.
Mr. Carder was born in Tarrant, Alabama on March 2, l922. He was the son of Homer C. Carder and Lex Ingram Carder. Like his father, brother, and sister he graduated from Auburn University. He earned a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1943. He was active in the ROTC and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Shortly after graduation Mr. Carder joined the United States Army
and served as an Air Observation pilot for the 209th Field Artillery Battalion. He saw action in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theaters before his discharge from active duty in 1946 as a First Lieutenant.
Upon completion of his military service Mr. Carder joined the Monsanto Chemical Company in 1946. He had a very successful career at Monsanto, the only job he ever had, eventually retiring from that company in 1982 as a senior executive in St. Louis, Mo. He traveled the world for Monsanto advising on new plant construction, including visits to Russia and China during the midst of the Cold War.
In 1983 he moved from St. Louis to Tryon, NC with his wife Nadine L. "Wendy" Carder. Mr. Carder enjoyed a passion for golf and they built a home in Red Fox Country Club adjacent to the 13th green. He had a very active retirement working first for H & R Block, and then volunteering extensively. He was President of the American Heart Association of Polk County, a mediator in family and civil disputes, and a director in the Rotary. He served two terms as President of the Congregation of The Congregational Church UCC of Tryon. Appropriately he was awarded Tryon's "Second Wind Hall of Fame" for his extensive volunteer efforts.
He and Wendy were avid gourmets and traveled to Europe where they were trained in the culinary arts at world-renown cooking schools. They loved to entertain and had many parties focusing on their cooking and fine wines. Mr. Carder was a Certified Barbeque Judge and traveled regionally to competitions.
Mr. Carder is survived by his wife of 46 years Wendy Carder and a son Stephen Carder of South Pasadena, Florida. Also a sister, Sue Chichester of Spanish Fort, Alabama, stepsons Greg Bowcott of San Diego, California, Randy Bowcott of Waukegan, Illinois, three grandsons, one granddaughter, two great-grandsons, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Eugene D. Carder and daughter Carolyn Carder.
Burial services will be private. A Celebration of Life honoring Mr. Carder will take place on May 4th at 4:00 p.m. at Tryon Estates in Columbus, NC with a reception to follow. The family suggests that memorial tributes be made to The Alzheimer's Association, The Hospice of the Carolina Foothills or The Congregational Church UCC, Tryon, NC. An online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com