NAPLES, FLA. - John Howlett "Jack" Carson, 79, formerly of Charleston, Mo., died at 10 p.m. Oct. 9, 2002, at the Encore Senior Village in Naples.
Born March 10, 1923, in Charleston, son of the late Ralph and Geraldine Howlett Carson, he lived in the Charleston area most of his life. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. His professional career revolved around the agricultural chemical business. In 1948, he began his career with his father, founder of the Ralph Carson Company, and was later employed by Riverside Chemical Company, Terra International and the Delta Growers Association. In 1989, he founded the Carson Chemical Company, which he managed until retiring in 1995.
Jack served proudly and with distinction as lieutenant jg in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was active in the Housing Authority of Charleston, the Missouri Chapter of the Society of Crippled Children and the Kiwanis Clubs of Charleston and Germantown, Tenn. He was the recipient of the University of Missouri Extension Distinguished Service Award, Missouri Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Leadership Award and an honorary life membership in the Missouri Ag Industries Council. Jack also enjoyed playing golf and cards with his lifelong friends.
On Aug. 31, 1947, he married Louise Edwards who survives.
Also surviving are his children, Jon Carson of Tuscon, Ariz., Jed and Dorothy Carson of Marietta, Ga., and Julie Carson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one granddaughter, Sarah Carson of Marietta; and several nieces and nephews.
One sister, Emma Lee Baker, preceded him death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday. Glenn Ault of Charleston will officiate and Julie Carson will serve as eulogist.
The Missouri Military Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites at the IOOF Cemetery near Charleston.
Pallbearers will be: John Klueppel, Wendell Choate, Byron Moxley, Ed Marshall Jr., Marion Waggener and Bill Branum.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the Alzheimer's Support Network 660 Tammy Trail N, Suite 21 Naples, Fla. 34102