Carl Terry
1927 - 2020
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August 24, 1927 - July 1, 2020 On July 1, 2020, Hughes Carlton "Carl" Terry, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at the age of 92, surrounded by family. Carl was born on August 24, 1927 in Inglewood CA to Hughes Carson Terry and Emma Riddle Terry. Carl grew up close to the L.A. Coliseum, graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1945 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy, serving honorably aboard the submarines USS Catfish and USS Carbonero. He remained active in the submarine veteran community. In 1946, while still in the Navy, he met the love of his life, Joyce Augustine, on a blind date. They married in 1949 and moved to the South Bay, where they resided for 62 happy years of marriage. After graduating college (Carl was a lifelong USC Trojan) he became a 5th grade teacher in 1960. The beloved "Mr. Terry" spent the next 55 years happily molding young minds. Thirty-two of those years he taught at Caroldale Elementary in Carson and he continued substitute teaching until he was 87. With Joyce (also a teacher) as his constant companion, Carl spent countless enjoyable summers (and a couple major sabbaticals) traveling the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in their RV. They eventually flew to 49 states in their single engine Cessna, and separately flew an airplane in Hawaii, to make it all 50 states. Carl delighted in hosting all manner of parties and family gatherings, where he could always be found with a tall glass of milk and a twinkle in his eye. Carl was preceded in death by his wife Joyce, who he missed every single day, and his brother Lynden "Red". Those in mourning include his brother Robert Joseph Terry ("Bobby") of Youngtown AZ and children Dan Terry (Sharon) of Goleta CA, Kathy Miller (Mike) of Torrance CA, Jill Smittle (Mark) of Long Beach CA, and Sharon Terry of Torrance CA, as well as bonus family members Robert Hoy (Wendy) from Canada and now in San Diego, and Chayo Pedregon (Eddie) from Mexico and now in Pico Rivera CA. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, with whom he shared travel, adventures and lots of laughter. Interment with full military honors will be at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on August 24th which would be Carl's 93rd birthday. A celebration of Carl's life will be held later. Instead of flowers, check the air pressure in your tires and watch a baseball game with your loved ones; he will appreciate it. Go Dodgers and Fight On Trojans! Please go to www.lafuneral.com to send messages to the family and to share memories.


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Aug. 2, 2020.
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August 12, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I had the good fortune to work with Carl when I was principal at Caroldale. Carl was an exceptional teacher that cared deeply about all of his students. He was truly an outstanding teacher who was dedicated to bringing out the best in all of his student. We lost one of the best with Carl’s passing. My deepest condolences to the family. RIP Carl.

Joe Scollo
Joe Scollo
Coworker
August 12, 2020
Carl truly enjoyed bringing people together. He and his family opened their home to my father and I during a period of transition for us, and we were warmly included in innumerable dinners, ping pong tournaments and camping trips. An exemplary teacher both inside and outside the classroom, Carl demonstrated extraordinary caring, positivity, inclusiveness and patience. And he was adventurous to say the least – I remember with a smile Carl and Joyce’s trek to land a plane in all 50 states, and I fondly recall the time that they graciously invited me along for a cross-country plane trip, dropping me off at my grandparents’ house in Michigan. For Carl, it was often “time for Dodger baseball”, as Vin Scully would say at the start of every game, and Carl’s enthusiasm for the sport was such that I can’t watch a Dodger game without thinking about Carl and our many evenings keeping score at Chavez Ravine. Carl, thank you for your wisdom, spoken and unspoken -- you pitched a beauty of a game!
Kevin Dalrymple
Friend
August 11, 2020
Carl and his beloved wife, Joyce, were a blessing to this world. I first came to know them as they were dear friends of my husband who became part of their extended family. They opened their door and their hearts to many, offering support and friendship to those they encountered. Carl was a great orchestrator of outings and events. He knew how to have fun. My husband and I were fortunate to join them camping and fishing on the Klamath River, caravaning across the country, early morning at the Rose Parade, and at countless family celebrations and events. As a teacher, Carl went beyond the classroom in his support and caring for his students. He was an inspiration to countless young people. He and Joyce went more than the extra mile to help others, welcoming them into their home and offering friendship and support. The world is a better place for having Carl and Joyce among us. They gave much and asked little. May all who were touched by their kindness learn from their example of friendship and generosity.
Bea Walker
Friend
August 11, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
katherin ann carpenter
August 11, 2020
Carl and his beloved wife, Joyce, were a blessing in my life and the lives of so many others. I was fortunate to come to know them as dear friends of my husband who felt as though he was part of their beautiful extended family. Their door and their hearts were open to many throughout their life. They shared their home, their friendship and their support to others generously. My husband and I were fortunate to spend many wonderful times with them. We camped and fished on the Klamath River and caravaned cross-country together with them on an unforgettable road trip. We watched the Rose Parade with them on several New Year's mornings and celebrated many family events with them. Carl was one to orchestrate and plan many activities. He knew how to have fun! As a teacher, Carl went beyond the classroom in supporting and caring for his students. He was an inspiration to many. Carl and Joyce went far more than an extra mile to help others. The welcomed many into their home and offered them support when needed. The world has been a better place for having them with us. The gave much and asked for little. May all of us learn from their caring generosity.
Bea Walker
August 9, 2020
So nice to see the notes from Carl's former students--his generosity and caring for others really shines in all those remarks. Noticed also how Joyce was also remembered, not surprising at all because it would be hard to say anything about Carl with out mentioning Joyce as together they were " One ". I can't think of anyone who would argue that. I'm thinking of a decision Carl shared of his Navy time coming to an end and one of his Commanding Officers encouraging him to maybe make a career out of the Navy. Carl by that time had met " His Girl " and knew who he wanted to make a career with. Surly not a career that would take him out to sea away from her. My being eight years younger and thinking of those remarks left by his former students sure remind me of my grade school years and things we didn't have at our house growing up but turned into things we " Did Have " when Carl at 17 joined the Navy during WW2. ( Carl finished his High School Credits the summer before his class graduated ) so off to help win the war for " The Freedom " we all love he went. I do remember our Mom and I going to his classes graduation to receive his diploma. But back to things we got to have that made a " Big " difference in life at the Terry house hold because of Carl's generosity. Were a retirement party for our " Old Ice Box " as Carl bought our Mom a brand new refrigerator. Back in those day's people could make Popsicles out of Cool-Aide in the ice cube tray's with a tooth pick for a handle. Most kids in our neighborhood had to depend on Mrs. Williams next door to make us popsicles during those hot summer day's. I remember driving her crazy knocking on her door asking are they ready yet. We were so lucky that she loved kids. Before that refrigerator if we were flush enough to have Ice Cream for desert I had to jump on my bike and " Go Fast " to the grocery and back to buy it. The next thing Carl bought was a Brand New Stove so now Mom could make a cake and cookies with an oven " That Worked ". Carl did love " Cookies and Cold Milk " for sure all his life. The next thing Carl bought was a Electric Mixer so Red and I didn't have do all the mixing and stirring for Moms baking. ( Mom had a bad heart ) so helping on bake, clothes washing and house cleaning day's was a must. I could go on and on of memories of Carl but hopefully like his former students my hope is that I've captured the fact Carl always was a " Caring and Generous Person " to all. Thank you Brother for signing that blank check for Our Country and World Peace. Slow Hand Salute, R.I.P Sailor, brother, bob
Robert J. Terry
Brother
August 7, 2020
I was a Caroldale student from 1973-1975 although I was not a student of Mr. Terry I sure wanted to be. His kindness and being a good teacher proceeded him as everyone in school knew of him. He has made a difference to many of his students and I know they will never forget him. "Thanks for being a wonderful teacher Mr. Terry" you be truly missed and always remembered.
Sylvia Lorenzo
sylvia barba
August 5, 2020
Mr. Terry was my 5th grade teacher in 1986. I have only fond memories of him. He’s the reason I love to read. He read wonderful books to us in class, such as Of Mice and Men, Old Yeller, and many by Judy Bloom. He took me and a couple friends up in his airplane. An experience I will never forget. We also played baseball ... a lot. He was by far my favorite teacher. He made me feel like he really cared about me. He saw potential in me when no one else did. Not even me. When I graduated high school he offered to pay for my college classes. He and his wife Joyce even drove me to the college to register. Sadly I was simply not ready. Of all the wonderful memories I have of him, my most favorite is when he took in an abandoned calico kitten that I had found. She was so small and still needed to be hand fed, but I wasn’t allowed to keep her. I remember telling him about her and he asked me to bring her to school the next day. Mr. Terry adopted her and named her rainbow. He saved the day and became my hero.
Olga Serna Yanez
Student
August 5, 2020
I am one of the lucky student who was taken for a flight on his plane and was taken a ride in his old car. One of probably one of the only classes that had the pleasure to do a sleep over with our entire class, which he probably never did again. He was the best teacher that impacted me to this date. Because of Mr Terry I will never wear my jacket inside to not keep the temperature the same before I have to go back outside. I ran into Mr. Terry back in 2013 and told him my daughter joined the Navy and was so proud of her. He will be missed. Former student from 1982.
Rebecca Lomas (Rojas)
Student
August 4, 2020
Mr. Terry was my 5th grade teacher and although most of my elementary school years are now a blur I can still remember Mr. Terry’s voice, his warm smile, and that I enjoyed being in his class. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Terry.
Elizabeth Pasion Morales
Student
August 4, 2020
Mr. Terry was my 4th grade teacher. He was such a caring teacher. I specifically remember once I got pink eye. I wasn't in class for several days. He came over to my house and told my mom he knew of a doctor who was free and could take me to get medicine. So off we went, my siblings, my mom and me. I got the drops I needed. When we were exiting the office, I looked back and saw Mr. Terry pulling out his wallet. I was shocked! He paid out of pocket for my pink eye! Mr. Terry was so caring. He and his wife were amazing. Mrs. Terry was so kind too, I was lucky to meet her. Rest in peace Mr. Terry.
Ilian Ruvalcaba-Browning
Student
August 3, 2020
Kimberly schmidt
Student
August 3, 2020
Gloria Harrison
Coworker
August 3, 2020
I knew Carl from White Point School. He was a substitute teacher there. I always enjoyed his sense of humor as he would entertain us at lunchtime. He often spoke of his family. I could tell he loved you all very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bonnie Grider
Friend
August 3, 2020
I met Carl when I was teaching, first as his substitute and when I got my own class, he substituted for me. He was thorough, intelligent and he genuinely cared for his students. I feel honored to have known him.
Justin Ezzi
Friend
August 3, 2020
Dear Terry family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
I have many fond memories as a kid with your family. Meeting Jill in Kinder at Caroldale to overnights in your home.
May God give you all peace during this difficult time.
Much Love, Maria (Fraisure) Whetsell
Maria WHETSELL
Friend
August 2, 2020
Carl was the dearest of friends for over 50 years. He and Joyce were always there to help family and friends in time of need. His sense of adventure, humor, and enthusiasm for life added greatly to the lives of those around him. It is difficult to grasp that he will no longer be there to answer the phone when I call. Carl, you are now free of the turmoil in this world, and may you rest in peace.
Bruce Dalrymple
Friend
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