Herbert David "Herb" CARRINGTON Jr.

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CARRINGTON JR., Herbert "Herb" David, On Saturday, August 17, 2013, Herbert Carrington Jr. went home to be with the Lord. He was born on November 06, 1937 to parents Mae Alice Warren and Herbert D. Carrington, Sr. He attended St. Peter Claver Catholic School and graduated from Middleton High School in 1956. After high school, He matriculated through Florida A&M University, where he met his adoring Luella, wife of over 49 years. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Arts Education and in 1961 began his profession as an educator with the Hillsborough County Public School System. Simultaneously, he answered our country's call to service by enlisting in the US Army and serving eight years in the Florida National Guard. He taught drafting / mechanical drawing for six years before becoming a state-certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor where he provided assistance to physically impaired and mentally challenged students. Herb then became Director of Labor Education Programs through the Tampa Urban League, recruiting minority males into the building and construction profession. He later accepted a position with General Telephone Electric (GTE) Data Services as the Corporate Coordinator of Minority Employment and Wage/Salary Administration. After ten years with GTE, Herb returned to his first love, classroom instruction. In 1982, he taught industrial arts at Hillsborough High School for 15 years. In 1997, Herb continued to teach but chose a different audience to educate. Understanding the needs of troubled minority males and their lack of interaction with positive male role models, he served as a counselor and teacher for at-risk youth until his retirement. He received several awards during his teaching career and his reception of the 2001 National Teacher of the Year award typified his professional body of work. Herb and Luella were blessed with three sons, Herbert David III, Warren Patrick and Marion Cedric. More than his professional accolades, he was particularly proud of his sons, who emulated him and matriculated through Florida A&M University. His family was his life. Herb was an avid civic leader who constantly looked for opportunities to contribute to the community. Earlier this year, Herb was recognized by the president of Florida A&M University for establishing a $100,000 academic scholarship fund. He served in several advisory, philanthropic, professional and social organizations to include board member of the David A. and Mary Irene Falk Memorial Foundation, Hillsborough Community Mental Health Agency, historical Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Museum of Arts and City of Tampa Arts Council. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (50-year Golden Heritage member with Alexandria-Fairfax (VA) chapter), 100 Black Men of Tampa, Florida A & M University National Alumni Association, Knights of Peter Claver Council #379 and founding member of the Ambassadors. He was a life-long member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. Herb was married for nearly 50 years to the former Luella Bennett of Green Cove Springs, FL. He was preceded in death by his mother Mae Alice; father Herbert Sr; siblings Marion Charles Cabrera and Alice Martha Clark, and grandson Marion Cedric Carrington Jr (CJ). He is survived by his wife Luella; sons Herb III (Karen), Warren Sr (Angelique) and Cedric (Davina); brother Roland Eugene Carrington (Margretta); grandchildren Herby IV, Gwendolyn, Warren Jr and Darryl Chase; nieces and nephews Yolanda Liggins (Bill), Harcourt Clark (Sadie), Jennifer Parker (David), Theron Clark (Rocie), Lucretia Brinson (Kenneth), Sandra Taylor (Steven) and a host of loving cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, family and former students. Herbert Carrington was highly respected for his giving spirit, his honesty and his integrity. He was a chivalrous gentleman and an avid history buff. He always possessed peppermints and joyfully shared them with everyone. As a son, sibling, fraternity brother, husband, parent, grandparent, teacher and friend, Herb Carrington made a lasting impact on every life he touched. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the HERBERT CARRINGTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Please mail to: Knights of Peter Claver Council 379, PO Box 6404, Brandon, FL 33508 Point of Contact: Thoreau J. Nellum, 813.681.3010 (home), 813.924.2052 (mobile), obcm@aol.com The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 5:30pm -7:30pm at Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1203 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. The Homegoing will be Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:00am at the church. Interment follows at Garden of Memories, 4207 E Lake Ave Tampa, FL 33610.

Published in TBO.com on Aug. 20, 2013
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