Susan Kaye CARLTON

April 5, 1952January 19, 2021

Susan Kaye Carlton passed away peacefully in the company of family at age 68 on Tuesday, January 19th, after a six year fight with mantle cell lymphoma. She was preceded in death by her parents Marlin Martin and Christine Schmidt, her stepfather James Schmidt, and granddaughter Wyncie Bouge. She is survived by her husband Larry Carlton, son Matthew Stevens (Ingrid), stepson Nathan Carlton, stepdaughter Megan Bouge (Brandon), grandchildren Rhylyn Carlton, Emmett Bouge, Madeline Stevens, sister Gail Hendley Sanders (Lewis), stepsister Betty Jo Jones (Ron), nephew Jim Hendley (Sharon), niece Susan Bowden (Tom), great nephew Cole Dunnavant, and numerous other relatives.

Kaye’s strength was amazing as she showed time and time again her will to beat cancer. She survived a stroke, made it through multiple rounds of chemo, and she did so with amazing courage, strength and character. Kaye, her friends and family, raised over $12,000 for cancer research over four years through LLS Light the Night, Team Kaye. It was her desire for Team Kaye to continue in her memory.

She touched countless lives through the years as a teacher at Calvary Young Children’s School where she taught three and four year olds for nearly 25 years. She continued her passion for teaching by joining Shane Elementary until her retirement.

She was an avid gardener. Anything she touched blossomed and shined brightly. Many have benefited from her sharing of plant bulbs and cuttings. Kaye loved spending time outdoors most any time of the year. Her greatest passion was Christmas decorating, entertaining, including hosting multiple parties during the season, and sharing gifts with those she loved.

Her family and friends meant everything to her. She was a wonderful wife, aunt, sister, mother, and grandmother. She adored her grandchildren. Her kindness and patience were amazing. Kaye loved to cook. She always made too much food, never wanting anyone to go hungry. She had an endless supply of Tupperware for “go boxes.” Many enjoyed “shopping” at her grocery store, also known as her kitchen pantry.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from two in the afternoon until six in the evening on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at two o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, January 25, 2021 in the Chapel of Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home with one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either of the following organizations:

Calvary United Methodist Young Children's School Attn: The Anne Parker Scholarship 3701 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – TN Chapter Attn: Light the Night – Team Kaye, in memory of Kaye Carlton P.O. Box 292705 Nashville, TN 37229


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Sunday, January 24, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, January 25, 2021


Susan Kaye CARLTON

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Pamela Bowker

January 23, 2021

It was a gift to have the opportunity to teach along with "Miss Kaye" almost ten years in our Pre-K classroom at Shayne Elementary.Her patience and ability to communicate with and bring the best out of young children was amazing to watch and learn from. She always had stories to share from her weekends with "Big Boy", Larry and about her sweet grandchildren Rhyllyn, Emmet and Maddie. Rhyllyn was showing a real talent for shooting the bow and arrow. Emmet was becoming a baseball standout and dancing machine and Maddie the youngest could carry on an adult conversation and she's only three years old! Kaye loved everything about the holidays, but especially the decorating. Their home was the one all the Trick-or-Treaters wanted their picture taken in front of. Christmas was prepared for year around. About the same time hunting season started, Larry would bring down all the trees and decorations, and then leave Kaye to "play" while he was gone for the weekend. She would turn on music and have just have a big time. The Hallmark stores had her number on speed dial, and each of her trees, which numbered to about ten were really a sight to enjoy. Kaye was thrilled beyond words when Larry surprised her with the gift of a new tree for the collection. There was a Larry Tree, for hunting, A Barbie Tree, for her lifetime collection and a Shiney Brite Tree for the inherited and collected ornaments. There was a grandchildren's tree and framed pictures everywhere. Kaye was the Kroger coupon queen . She was as smart with money as she was kind with giving. Children made her happy, and she continued to volunteer at Shayne after retirement. Kaye hoped for a kinder, gentler year in 2021.

Kathy Smith

January 22, 2021

Kay taught down the hall from me at Shayne Elementary. We passed in the hall many times during the day. She was always helping her class get to the next place they needed to be. Her face would light up with a smile as we saw each other. Many times our lunch breaks were together and we were always talking about our lives. Our sons, Matt and Rich graduated high school together and we always had to share about them. I loved to go into her classroom and just sit and talk at the end of the day. We would laugh and I would feel not as tired after spending time with her. At Shayne we are the “Bright Shayne Stars”. Kay was definitely a Shayne Star. She will be missed by all the people whose lives she touched.

Trish Sherman

January 22, 2021

Kaye was a ray of sunshine. No wonder her garden was so beautiful, and her friends so plentiful! Everything and everyone flourished in Kaye’s presence. She made the world a better place and will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace dear Kaye.