Charles Carson Jr., 70, Cynthiana, died Monday, April 29, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
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He was born in Wolfe County, July 1, 1942 to the late Charles and Myrtle Stewart Carson. He was a loving husband and father, a member of Indian Creek Christian Church and was attending Leesburg Christian Church and a former employee of the Cynthiana Stockyards, Kawneer, JT Penn Service Station and owner and operator of Charlie's Marathon for 16 years.
He was a Kentucky Colonel recipient, a foster parent for more than 40 years, a firefighter for 52 years and served as chief for 31 of those years. He was a forest warden and served on numerous boards and committees, was treasurer of the Community Christmas Project, and a recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Peggy Lavonne Carson, a brother, Robert Carson, three brothers-in-law, Bobbie Whalen, HJ Ritchie and Junior Jolly; three sisters, Laura Conley, Carrie Jolly and Mildred Ritchie, and two sisters-in-law, Wendy Williams and Sherry Carson.
Survivors include: two sons, Charles Allen (Debbie Fryman) Carson and Jeffrey Lynn Carson, both of Cynthiana; a daughter, Patty Lavonne (Marty) Wiggins, Cynthiana; two brothers, Rex (Linda) Carson, Cynthiana and Homer Carson, Dry Ridge; a brother-in-law, Nevel (Tommy) Williams, Stamping Ground; five sisters-in-law, Rosemary (Billy Ray) Sadler, Pam Whalen and Patricia (Billy) Curry, all of Cynthiana, Melissa (Billy) Mitchell, Mt. Olivet and Margie Carson, Carlisle; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; hundreds of foster children and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 3 at 2 p.m. at Ware Funeral Home by Sammy Harris. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Pythian Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harrison County Firefighters Association or The Community Christmas Project.
Pallbearers will be Nick Carson, Anthony Carson, Tyler Carson, Andrew Wiggins, Josh Carson and Derrick Knipper.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Carson, Mike Ritchie, Kevin Ritchie, Rex Lynn Carson, Gary Carson, Marvin Jones, C.D. Moore and Richard Schwartz.
Ware Funeral Home
846 U.S. Highway 27 North
Cynthiana, KY 41031
Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on May 2, 2013