Reverend Raymond Carolina, 80, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013.
Raymond Carolina was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Lugoff, and was a son of Peter Carolina and Linda Kelly Carolina.
He was introduced to the Lord at an early age.
The Rev. Carolina graduated high school from Mather Academy in Lugoff and attended Claflin College in Orangeburg. During his last year in high school at Mather Academy, he was called to preach. He received his first preaching license from Smyrna Methodist Church in 1952. He entered the Army
in May 1953 and retired March 23, 1976.
Following his retirement from the Army, the Rev. Carolina fulfilled his desire to obtain a college degree. He received a bachelor of arts degree in religion and philosophy from Benedict College in Columbia and a master's of divinity from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1985. He was the first African-American to be received in the clinical pastoral of education program at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.
Raymond, affectionately called "Sonny," left a legacy of love, spiritual guidance, personal service and mentorship. He pastored several churches in the area that include St. Darcus, North; Macedonia, Ridgeway; Sweet Home Baptist Church, Camden; and New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Lancaster, where he retired from pastoring.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 56 years, Hattie Simons Carolina; three daughters, Sharon Hunter and her husband, Darryl, Pamela Gallman and her husband, Dennis, and Chaundra Gay Carolina; a sister, Shirley Rogers; four grandchildren, Brandon Palmore and his wife, Shantel, Christopher Carolina and his wife, Bianca, Shannon Palmore and Morgan Carolina; two great-grandchildren; and a host of brothers and sisters-in-laws, nephews, nieces, family and friends.
A homegoing service for the Rev. Raymond Carolina was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at First Nazareth Baptist Church, 2351 Gervais Street, Columbia, with burial at Memorial Gardens of Columbia.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.bosticktompkinsinc.com.
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home was in charge of the service.