George A. Carson, 81, of rural Odin Illinois was born July 19, 1939, in Knoxville, Tennessee to Cary Richard Carson and Willie Ruth Carson, (nee Terry).
He is survived by two sons George (Sylvia) Carson, Robert (Mei Ting) Carson, and a daughter, Cary Ruth (Gary) Spinka, four grandchildren, Hannah Carson, Ethan Carson, Robert Carson, and Noah Carson, and two sisters Dorothy Brewer and Jayne Carson.
He is preceded in death by his wife Charlotte (Thomas) Carson, and a brother Richard Carson.
George graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton TN in 1956 and attended the University of Tennessee. In 1958 he enlisted in the US Air Force Aviation Cadet program receiving a commission as an electronics warfare officer and navigator. He met his wife Charlotte Thomas at Warner Robins AFB in Georgia and they wed in 1961 and were married for 59 years. George graduated from pilot training in 1967 and served as an aircraft commander on the B-52 Bomber also serving as a flight instructor. He flew over 120 missions in the Vietnam War during which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Major Carson retired from the Air Force in 1978 and settled to the Sandoval area with Charlotte where he happily resided until present.
He was a math and science teacher at Oakville high school and Salem high school and retired from teaching in 1990 enjoying his remaining years in Odin with his wife Charlotte, the love of his life. George was strongly devoted family man and always put family first.
George loved caring for his fruit trees and kept a huge vegetable garden and he enjoyed sharing the bounty with his friends and family. He was an avid reader and was a lifelong student of many subjects earning his business degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1975.
He was a member of the St. Lawrence parish council in Sandoval. George and Charlotte loved their dogs and were regular supporters of the Centralia Humane Society. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please donate to the Centralia Humane Society.
Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval is privileged to be assisting the family of George Carson with arrangements. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2021, at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Sandoval with Rev. Joseph Rhodes officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Centralia VFW Post 2055 and the Centralia American Legion Post 446. A dinner will follow at the St. Lawrence Catholic Hall in Sandoval, where friends and family are encouraged to come and share memories of George and Charlotte. Memorials may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Centralia Humane Society 8190 Shattuc Road Centralia, IL 62801, and can also be accepted for the family at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories of George may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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