Charles “Charlie” ‘Washington Carey, 89, passed away at home in the care of his immediate family in Greeneville, Tenn., on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013). He was born in Richton, Miss., on Aug. 2,1923.
He graduated from Hemphill Diesel College and used those skills to design an aluminum tugboat for Florida’s shallow waterways and as an owner operator of a mobile welding service in Bellville, Texas. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and mechanics. He served as a U.S. Navy mechanic in WWII in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Saipan, and Guam.
He is survived by his much beloved wife Elsie Louise Matteson; his two daughters, Pamela Carey Willson and husband Gary Evan Willson of Houston, Texas, and Tamela “Tami” Carey-Kretz and husband Richard Kretz of Greeneville; three grandchildren, Laura, Sarah and Phillip Pinell of Church Hill, Tenn.; his sister, Naomi “Dolly” Edwards; and brothers, Roy and Glenn Carey residing in Mississippi.
The graveside service was at the Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City, Tenn. at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday. Military honors were performed by the Color Guard.
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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport is serving the family of Charles Washington Carey.
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