Carson Carmichael obituary (1928 – 2021) – Garner, North Carolina
May 19, 1928 – October 16, 2021
Garner, NC – Carson Carmichael, Jr., 93, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 16, 2021 after a long period of deteriorating health.
Carson was born on May 19, 1928 in Mullins, South Carolina. He was the son of Carson Carmichael, Sr. and Myrtle Weatherly Carmichael of Fork, South Carolina. He graduated from Lake View High School in 1945 and entered Clemson University that summer. Carson graduated from Clemson in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering.
After graduation, Carson was employed by Appalachian Electric Power Company as an Industrial Power Sales Engineer in Southwest Virginia. In 1949, he met Rosemary Clarkston of Seminary, Virginia, who was a high school teacher in Clintwood, Virginia. The couple married on June 2, 1951 and were fortunate enough to have a 70-year marriage. While living in Abingdon, Virginia, they welcomed the birth of their only child, Carson Carmichael, III, on September 29, 1954.
From 1955 to 1957, Carson was on active duty in the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he served as a project officer at the Wright Air Development Center. After active service, he served in the Air Force Reserves, retiring with the rank of major in 1973.
From 1957 until his retirement in 1991, Carson was employed by Carolina Power and Light Company (now Duke Energy Progress) in Raleigh, North Carolina. During his career at CP&L, he held positions in sales, engineering and management, including director of industrial sales, director of energy services and director of joint projects.
Carson was a professional engineer registered in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was President and Life Member of the Raleigh Engineers Club and Life Member of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina. He has chaired committees of the Edison Electric Institute and the Southeastern Electric Exchange and has served on the committee of the Electric Power Research Institute. Carson was also a member of the American Arbitration Association.
Carson was a founding member of the Garner Jaycees, Garner Golden K Kiwanis Club (president for three terms), Garner Country Club and Raleigh Capital City Club. He was also a member of the President’s Club of the Clemson University Foundation. During his retirement, Carson delivered Meals on Wheels for 19 years.
Carson was a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church of Garner for 63 years. He served the church as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, elder, session clerk, and administrator.
After his retirement, Carson and Rosemary traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, as well as a trip to Siberia. Carson had a deep love for family, history and genealogy. He tirelessly researched his ancestors, which culminated in the publication in 2003 of his book Some Carmichael and Weatherly Roots and Branches.
In addition to his parents, Carson was predeceased by his brother, Charles Francis Carmichael, and his sister, Dorita Carmichael Oliver.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Clarkston Carmichael; son, Carson Carmichael, III and wife, Deborah Murray Carmichael of Raleigh; grandson Neil McCall Carmichael (Tara) of Wilmington; grandson Davis Alexander Carmichael of Brevard; great-grandchildren Julia Katherine Carmichael and Carson John Carmichael of Wilmington; brother, John Daniel Carmichael and sister-in-law, Patricia Coleman Carmichael of Latta, South Carolina, and ten nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 1200 Benson Road, Garner, NC 27529. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church of Garner, 503 Lakeside Drive, Garner, NC 27529. Interment will follow immediately at Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.
In lieu of flowers, commemorations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Garner Endowment Fund at the above address or to a charity of its choice.
Posted by The State on October 21, 2021.