Raymond Silwood Carson, known to most as Ray, of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in Gerald, MO, on Sunday, May 13, 2012, having reached the age of eighty-six years, six months and twenty-eight days. Ray was born in Valles Mines, MO, on October 15, 1925, son of Acquilla Silwood Carson and Gussie Byington Carson nee Walker. On July 17, 1945, he was united in marriage to Mildred Pauline Roberts, known to most as Pauline, and three daughters came to bless this union.
Ray is survived by his wife, Pauline Carson of Lonedell, MO; by his daughters, Judith Strother and husband, Bob, of Union, MO, Janice Harper and husband, Treffie, of Sullivan, MO and Jeanie Schulte and husband, Otis, of Gerald, MO; by ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Acquilla and Gussie Carson; by two brothers, Albert and Charlie Carson; and by eight sisters, Francis Hinton, Maude Gauny, Frieda Hinton, Frona Hodges, Ella Young, Isabell Cantrell, Sylvia Carson and Elsie Mitchell.
Ray was a Christian having been raised in the Baptist faith and believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country as a PFC in the United States Army during World War II, entering on December 1, 1943, and receiving his honorable discharge on December 21, 1945. Ray was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #2 of St. Louis, MO. He had worked as a lineman through the union hall for different companies. He had a passion for working the family farm, where he raised cattle, crops and hay. Favorite pastimes included hunting and fishing. In recent years he enjoyed watching deer feed. What meant most to Ray was his family and the wonderful times they shared. His children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, just as he did in theirs.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Dickie Hinson officiating. Interment was in the Huff Family Cemetery in Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.