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Gerald Paschal Carson, Jr.

11 mai , 193630 octobre , 2019

Gerald (Gerry) P. Carson, Jr. left us to be with the Lord on the 30th October, 2019. He was born in Savannah, GA on May 11th, 1936 to Pat and Nita Carson. As a child Gerry always had a twinkle in his eye, a ready smile, and an open heart. Active in Boy Scouts at an early age he became the youngest Eagle Scout in the Coastal Empire Council of South Georgia at the age of 14. His youth was filled with gusto, adventure and tenacity and his first job was selling shrimp that he caught with his cast net to locals of Savannah. He enjoyed fishing, boxing, swimming, gymnastics and football throughout his school years. He was a graduate of Savannah High School where he pursued the Engineer/Scientific degree and graduated in the class of 1954. After High School, Gerry was accepted to Georgia Tech and worked his way through school on a co-op program earning a Bachelors of Science in Building Construction. While in college he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and Vice President in his senior year where he met met some of his lifelong friends. He was also a member of the “Snappa” scuba diving club. Gerry had saltwater in his veins and became a cave diver and avid spear fisherman. He loved to push the limits of this sport. He also used his gymnastics talent to cheer in college and was chosen to be head Cheerleader of Georgia Tech. After graduating from college in 1960, he was accepted into the Army Aviation Flight school. He became an Army pilot and was sent to Germany in 1961 during the build-up of the Berlin Wall. One of the highlights of his time in Germany was training with the 10th Special Forces Group at Bad Tolz, Germany where he received parachute jump training. He was promoted to Captain in 1964 and was awarded the command of the 10th Combat Engineer Group Aviation Company at the Heidelberg airfield. He met his wife, Beth in October of that year when she was on a tour of Europe from South Africa. They married in Montreal, Canada in October 1965, and traveled to Alexandria, Virginia where he was stationed at Ft. Belvoir. He was deployed to Vietnam for a year of combat duty and his son, Gerry Patrick was born when he was there. Beth traveled to Tokyo, Japan so he could see his baby boy. While in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star along with several air medals. He resigned his commission in the US Army after 7 years of service and accepted a position with Pan American Airlines as a Pilot/Navigator on Boeing 707 aircraft flying out of San Francisco. After his training they moved to Roseville, California where his daughter, Shannon Elizabeth was born. Pan Am transferred him to flying out of the Miami airport and he moved the family to Key Largo in the Florida Keys where they lived for 3 ½ years. By 1976 Pan Am was struggling and he was furloughed for 10 years. During that time he worked on the Cape Canaveral Shuttle Program as an engineer. He went to school at night and got an MBA and a Masters in Contracts Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. He worked for Martin Marietta on the Hellfire Missile Program and during that time he also volunteered as a little league football coach and was scoutmaster of Troop 300 for 3 years. He was then recalled to Pan American Airways and flew the Boeing 747 until the company went bankrupt in 1991. His last position before retirement was with Atlas Air, a start-up Cargo airline that he helped get off the ground and then retired as their Chief Engineer in 2000. After retirement he continued to live in Melbourne until his death. He is survived by his wife, Beth of 54 years; his son, Gerald Patrick Carson and his wife, Laura Lee Carson, their three children, Gregory Lee, Jenna Beth and Matthew James; his daughter, Shannon Elizabeth Hauser, her husband, Michael Frohman Hauser and their two children, Bryce Carson and Natalie Lynn; his sister, Patricia Gignilliat and her husband, Heyward and his niece, Pallas Hupe Cotter and her husband, Steve and their two boys, Cade and Carson.

Just prior to his death he was recognized for his time in Vietnam on the honor flight to Washington, D.C. Gerry treated life like an adventure and a sport and he taught his family not to fear, but to dare.

Organizations: Member of Northside Presbyterian Church Sons of the Confederate Veterans Boy Scouts of America Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Georgia Tech Airlines Pilot Association

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gerry's name may be made to any of the above organizations.

Services

  • Graveside Service dimanche, 8 décembre , 2019

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Shannon Hauser

14 novembre , 2019

My dad, my rock of unconditional love. He always told me how much he adored me, how proud he was of me, that he believed in me, and how he thought I could do anything. All girls should be so lucky. He put a speargun in my hand at age 9 and taught me how to spear a hogfish on a scout trip with all his scouts cheering me on. That was one of the first experiences with him where I felt invincible. He had a way of making people feel free and adventurous and was always trying to see “how tough you could be” but in a sweet, fun adventurous way. These experiences gave me incredible strength in my life and taught me that I could handle adversity. He always told me to never give up and lived this motto in his every day life. He never complained, he always tried hard and had a positive attitude. He also taught me to not be afraid to ask questions and modeled this regularly asking for just about anything to just about anybody he could talk to. He befriended all he came across which led to many crazy adventures and a cast of characters in our lives growing up. He certainly has his own adventures and challenges along with this robust personality but that motto of never giving up rang true and helped him to survive so many things, like Vietnam. It also proved to me that love and grit are the ingredients to getting through just about anything.....even losing him. I will miss him so much because he was such a beacon of hope for all of his grandchildren and children. He taught all of us to push a little further in education, sports, adventure and in relationships. He was one of a kind- forever grateful to you dad

Michael Hauser

12 novembre , 2019

Love this picture....Grandpa driving his boat and holding a sleepy Nat Nat. Such fun memories on the water. Gerry always led the way!

Brian and Jenny Jones

12 novembre , 2019

How could we forget Uncle Gerry!! we have only beautiful memories of you and Aunt Beth....always a ready smile, always made one feel so important. we have missed your visits to South Africa over the last few years, but we can at least have beautiful memories we can hold onto!

You were special
Brian & Jenny

Bryce Hauser

11 novembre , 2019

The best day of fishing I ever had was with my Grandpa. We went to a lake on a golf course near my house. It was a calm afternoon and the sun was starting to set over the Vero Beach skyline. I tossed my line out and we waited. During that time, my Grandpa told me the story of how he and my grandmother met. The story meant so much to me. The odds of these two meeting and falling in love were so slim, and yet they did, and because of that i’m here today sharing this memory that I’ll forever preserve. Right as he finished the story, a fish caught my line and it turned out to be the biggest redfish i’ve caught to this day. That made me appreciate the moment that I was sharing with him so much more. That day was the best day I ever spent with him. He was such a great man, role model, and husband. I’ll always look up to him. I loved him so much.

Pallas Cotter

11 novembre , 2019

Pallas Cotter

11 novembre , 2019

Pallas Cotter

11 novembre , 2019

This is from my father, who knew Uncle Gerry (and met my mother) when they were young and living an adventure in Germany:

"May love inform Gerry's memorial, recalling his remarkably adventurous life and effervescent personality."

I wish I had a photo of them then.

I do have a photo taken when Uncle Gerry visited us while we (his daughter Shannon, myself, my brother, my mother and grandmother) were traveling in Europe.

My Uncle and mother had so much fun remembering their European memories and re-enacting some of their youthful adventures.

Yes, there are stories.

And below this post, I'm sharing two photos that I took of my Uncle Gerry and Aunt Beth at home in Melbourne. I spent so much time there as a child, it felt like a second home.

They were so giving - and beautiful!

The photos capture their relationship and personalities perfectly.

Sending my love and prayers to everyone. His legacy lives in memory.

Hugs,

Pallas

Charles Jones

9 novembre , 2019

Uncle Gerry you where a good sincere person. I always enjoyed your company, and even the telephone chats. I never got to take you on one of my helicopter game captures but i know that you would have been proud. May our Lord have mercy and may you rest in peace. Go well Sir!

Mickey Dansby

8 novembre , 2019

A life well lived and too soon cut short. We grieve Gerry’s passing and will miss him so much. He always was ready with an interesting story and a friendly handshake. We are confident he is rejoicing with his Savior. Beth and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God sustain you in this difficult time.
Mickey and Diane Dansby

Marcelle Adkins

5 novembre , 2019

Dear Beth and Family. We are so sorry for your loss. We know how much Gerry loved you all and will remember our times with him fondly.

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