A bright light extinguished early Monday morning Aug. 24, 2016. God called home Carlton Lemuel to be with his beloved wife Geneva. Carlton was 90 years old born Dec. 10, 1925 in Quitman, Ga. to Carlton Russell-and Goldie Black. He is preceded in death by his sister Edna Grace Holloway.
Carlton moved to Wimauma, Fla. shortly after he was born where he lost his father at 12 years old to a hit-and-run accident. His father, Carlton Russell had stopped to help a woman change her tire on the side of the road and was hit and killed. This made a lifelong impact on Carlton's life as he became the man of the house helping to take care of his mother and sister. Carlton started working at a very early age and graduated from high school at 17. World War II was in full force and Carlton begged his reluctant mother to sign for him to join the Navy. This is where his lifelong mission to God and country took hold. He served on a destroyer in the south Pacific as an electrician's mate.
After the military Carlton embarked on a colorful Journey across our country. He met and married the love of his life, cadet nurse Geneva Folsom, in Tampa, Fla. in 1948 and was married 69 years. Carlton had an accomplished work experience. He started in the stockroom of SH Kress and before he left he was a district manager in charge of six states. Carlton then moved back to Palatka, Fla. where he was a business man and entrepreneur. He owned two businesses, Carlton's Jewelers and the Ben Franklin store. His wife Geneva always wanted to move back home to her Mayo, Fla. so in 1981 they built a house on the same land that she had grown up on. Here they both lived and worked till the day they died; on the farm in the town of Mayo that they both loved so much.
Carlton was a very civic minded man. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the Kiwanis Club in Palatka Florida. He was a member of the Shrine Club and also a member of the Masonic Lodge. His duties at the Shrine Club included accompanying severely burned children to the Shriners Hospital in Galveston, Tx. to receive treatment. This job he cherished very much. When he moved to Mayo he became very active in the Chamber of Commerce and The American Legion where he served as commander. He worked up until the day he died for the Veteran's Administration and Lafayette County. His mission in life was finding benefits for our distinguished veterans and their widows. He believed with all his heart in our country and our veterans.
One of his greatest accomplishments according to him was his family. He loved his three daughters, Wanda Hakeman, Pam Bishop and Carla Kummer. His son-in-laws Clare, Steve and Dwight were initially tolerated but earned their spot in his heart by their devotion to his daughters. He was a surrogate father to his niece and nephew, Diane Hollrah and Ed Holloway who also lost their father at a very early age. He is survived by six grandchildren; Mathew Hakeman, Adam Hakeman, Allison Stewart, Amy Cole, Blake Kummer and Brandon Kummer. He also is survived by six great grandchildren; Sophia Hakeman, Ameila Hakeman, Bryson, Gavin and Easton Stewart and Harlow Cole. He has many nieces and nephews who he dearly loved as well.
Carlton's life was spent in service to others. He always fought for the underdog and believed in God, country and family till the day he passed. Truly his bright light will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Funeral Services for Carlton were conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Todd Babione officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m.
Friday evening Aug. 26 also at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in Mayo.
You may sign the guestbook at: www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.com.
Published on August 29, 2016