Carey Washington
1940 - 2021
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Dr. Carey Alexander Washington
November 11, 1940 - March 25, 2021
Columbia, South Carolina - On Thursday, March 25th, Dr. Carey Alexander Washington, beloved father, and husband, passed away at the age of 80, another victim of covid. Carey was born on November 11, 1940 in Greenville, SC. He graduated from Newberry College, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of South Carolina where he received his doctorate. He also did post-doctorate work at the Alfred Adler Institute. He was chief psychologist at the Columbia Area Mental Health Center before going into private practice. Dr. Washington was also a vocational expert witness for the Social Security Administration. He married Lynn Hawthorne in 1968 and they lived in Columbia where they raised their two children, Tanya and Alex.
Although his profession was psychology, his real passion was what we called his second job – a tennis official. Carey became involved when Alex played junior tennis and went on to contribute on the local, state, national and internationals levels. His warm, outgoing and caring personality made him a hit on the court. Above all, he knew the rules and wanted them enforced fairly. This second career began in 1988 and led him to work statewide tournaments and take state leadership roles. He was a member of the USTA South Carolina Officials Committee for 15 years and chairman for 6 years. Carey was also chairman of USTA Southern Officials Committee. He received numerous awards, including the South Carolina and Southern Tennis Official of the Year. He worked major collegiate tournaments, as well as professional ones like the US Open. His work at this level led him to serve on the USTA National Official's Committee. Another part of his love of tennis centered around Special Olympics. He began on the state level, but soon moved to the Special Olympic World games in the USA, Ireland, China and Greece. He loved working with these tennis players to give them a positive, fun experience on the court. The highlight in his tennis career was his induction in the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.
Carey was larger than life personality. He always had time for everyone from people at the dry cleaner to CVS. He kept Hallmark in business sending out cards to family and friends for birthdays and every other event imaginable. What we will all remember about him is his stories. If you saw a crowd, it was because Carey was telling one of his famous tales. People always wanted to sit at his table for the entertainment.
He will be missed, but always remembered by his family. Carey loved to travel with his family and spend a summer week at Hilton Head. For Alex, Dad was known as "DocMan" who arrived with him at each junior tournament in "The Car". He could not be prouder of his girls. When Tanya's "Daddy Rabbit" visited her in NYC they would hit Broadway and take in a show night after night. But his greatest joy was his grandchildren, and being their "Papa". He treasured them more than life.
Carey was preceded in death by his father, Jamie, and his mother, Martha. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, his children, Tanya and Alex, and grandchildren, Lane, Alexander, John and Izzy, as well as his brother, Everett and nephew, Jamie.
A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 29th at Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel. The family invites you to attend virtually on or after 2 o'clock, Tuesday, by visiting his tribute page at A celebration of Carey's life will be held in the summer when we can gather. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the South Carolina Patrons Foundation that provides scholarships and grants to junior players and programs focusing on youth. Checks can be sent to SCTPF at PO Box 843, Belton, SC 29627 or the Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) tournament at the Belton Tennis Association, PO Box 274, Belton, SC 29627.
The family would like to sincerely thank their Critical Care Unit Nurse, Kailee; as well as all of the other loving and compassionate doctors, nurses and staff at Prisma Health Richland.
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May 4, 2021
Carey was a wonderful addition to the officiating team of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships at the Wild Dunes Racquet Club in 1988 and 1989 and other tournaments including the Lincoln Mercury Tennis Classics, and Women’s Pro Tournaments and Collegiate Tournaments. Along with “Big Jim “ Russell who recruited him they provided professionalism, dedication, panache, hospitality, fun and fairness to all. Carey will be missed and remembered.
Mike Tinkey
April 17, 2021
Dr Washington was a good man and helped me with my condition. He made me feel better about myself I am blessed to have known him.
Errol Taylor
April 12, 2021
I was lucky enough to work with Carey at Social Security. I always looked forward to having him as my vocational expert, because I knew I was in for a fun day. He was never too busy to sit and chat, and was a joy to work with. My deepest condolences to the family. He was surely a treasure.
Mary Skinner
March 31, 2021
I remember Carey well from our days at Newberry College. When groups met at the old Carol Courts dorms at Newberry, Carey was always the most friendly voice in the room.
Tom Atkinson
March 29, 2021
I am very sorry to hear this sad news. Love and prayers to the family.
Elaine Sudduth
March 29, 2021
I have worked with Dr. Washington on several occasions - he was always jolly and always had a BIG smile on his face. I wish his family strength and solitude.
Patricia Moss-Martin
March 29, 2021
We are saddened by Carey's death, but have many positive memories of the good work he did to advance the psychology of Alfred Adler in South Carolina and elsewhere. Of course, we remember fondly the many smiles and good times we shared with Carey.
With love and sympathy to Lynn, Tanya, Alex, and grandchildren.
Frank and Kathy Walton
Frank Walton
March 28, 2021
Carey was a caring and highly competent psychologist who was dedicated to the well-being of his patients. He was a highly knowledgeable vocational expert who handled numerous social security disability cases. He told the truth and did not simply give the party line of the agency, as do some vocational experts. The obituary is accurate in stating that Carey really cared about people.
Leeds barroll
March 28, 2021
What a man Carey was,he did it all in life,his family was first but his second job,he contributed to the world of tennis in knowing and teaching the rules to all.He officiated matches from junior beginners to the top pros at the US Open, his involvement with the Special Olympics was world wide.
We who knew him thru tennis had the most love and respect for him.
I wish his family to know that we in tennis knew well how great he was at his work with us.He will be missed and talked about for his many achievements,he was a credit to us all.
Jack Mills
Past President Southern Tennis Association
Past President South Carolina Tennis Association
Member USOpen Committee
Jack Mills
March 28, 2021
Rickie and I would like to offer our condolences to Lynn and the family.
We still recall seeing them together at Newberry College.
Again, our condolences,
Jerry and Rickie Daniels
Jerry Daniels
March 27, 2021
I was blessed to know Dr. Washington since I first moved to metro Columbia 13 years ago. He was a true southern gentleman who always had a merry twinkle in his eye and a story to tell. I will sorely miss his hearty greetings and his genial manner. Rest in peace, my friend.
Cary Herin
March 27, 2021
What loss to so many. A Special Olympic tennis event was always a blast because of Carey´s great hugs every morning and at the end of the day. He loved the athletes as much as they loved him. A voice of reason and support. You just knew he would help find a way to get all a chance to play. You will be Greatly missed. Loved ya much.
Nanette Howerin
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