BURLINGTON - Mr. Carlton Whitt "Cisco" Mangum died early Sunday morning, July 14, 2013 after several years of declining health.
Carlton was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Creedmoor, Wake County, N.C., and came to Burlington as a young child with his mother. He attended Burlington High School and after graduation joined the U.S. Air Force
and served during the Korean Conflict
as top gunner on a B-29. When his tour of duty was over, he came home, worked for Duke Power, went to Elon College nights and Saturdays (half-days), and received a four- year BA Degree in three years while making the dean's list. He later was offered and accepted a job offer from The Boeing Company and worked on the Minuteman Missile Program in Cocoa Beach, Fla., the Helicopter Division in Vertal, Pa. and the Saturn V Moon Rocket Program in Huntsville, Ala., Personnel Manager for The Boeing office in Paris, France, the Saturn V Moon landing in Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, and the MM Program at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif.
Upon returning to Burlington, Carlton had a hot dog business known to have the best hot dogs in town. He also built several businesses including Mr. C's Car Wash (now Autobell) and Lube (now Edwards Express Lube) and Tan By the "C" (now Williams Funeral Home and Crematory). Cisco was an avid Tar Heel fan and golfer.
Carlton was preceded in death by his mother, Rosa Lee Whitt Mangum of Burlington and father, Thurston Mangum of Creedmoor. Survivors include cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Graham on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Carolyn Burrus. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.
A special thanks is extended to the doctors, nurses and support personnel at Kernodle Clinic, Alamance Regional Medical Center, Alamance Health Care Center, Life Path, Hospice and those who helped him with his earthly journey. Also, a special thanks is given to Ronnie and Evelyn Robinson for being there when he needed them most.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.