Ralph C. Carlisle, Jr., 81, passed away on June 23, 2013. Ralph was born on Sept. 26, 1931 in Sneads, graduating from Sneads High School and Auburn University with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating from college, Ralph joined the United States Marine Corps., and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he met the love of his life, Bertha to whom he was married for 49 years until her death in 2006. Ralph's career included working in New Orleans, La., and West Palm Beach, before moving to Chipley in 1957 where he managed and then owned Coggin and Deermont Construction Company. Always with a big smile, Ralph lived each day to its fullest and enjoyed water skiing, woodworking, gardening, and entertaining numerous friends at his lake house, on his boat or in his home. All the while, he enjoyed raising his sons Cary and Doug encouraging them in all aspects of their lives.
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He is survived by sons, Cary of Pensacola and Doug (Virginia) of Chipley; granddaughters, Elizabeth Palmer of Thomasville, Ga., Mandy Foran and Kelly Foran of Chipley, and great grandchildren Kinsley Foran and Jude Palmer.
A Rosary Service was held at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chipley, FL on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5 p.m., followed by a visitation. The Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph the Worker on Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. Interment followed at the Calvary Cemetery, Sunny Hills, with Brown Funeral Home Directing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ralph's memory to Covenant Hospice, 4215 Kelson Avenue, Suite E, Marianna, FL 32446. Family and friends can sign the online registry at www.brownfh.net.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on July 3, 2013