Kenneth Ray Carson

Age 74 Telecommunications installer

July 31, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Kenneth Ray Carson, a former Western Electric Corp. telecommunications installer who had lived in Halethorpe and Relay, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer July 24 at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Hudson, Fla. He was 74.

Mr. Carson was born in Tarentum, Pa., and moved with his family in 1945 to Sergeant Street in South Baltimore.

He was a 1951 graduate of Southern High School and served in the Army as a Teletype operator in Japan from 1953 to 1955.

Mr. Carson worked installing switchboards and telecommunications equipment for Western Electric for 21 years until retiring in 1973. From 1974 until 1979, he operated his grandmother's farm in Dayton, Pa.

In 1979, he moved to Dade City, Fla., where he worked for Palm Harbor Homes, a mobile home manufacturer, for 11 years, and in environmental services at Pasco Regional Hospital.

He was retired at the time of his death.

Mr. Carson was an accomplished cabinetmaker who built Shaker-style furniture.

"He had a garage full of tools and sawdust and was happy as a lark," said his wife of 54 years, the former Shirley Beard, a registered nurse.

Mr. Carson was also an avid flower gardener and landscaper.

He had been a member of Relay Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road in Arbutus.

Also surviving are a son, Dwight Carson of Dade City; two daughters, Kathleen A. Scholzof Halethorpe and Susan L. Carson of Kittanning, Pa.; a brother, Donald G. Carson of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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