Carl Rayburn Nicely

March 18, 1930October 26, 2018

Mr. Carl R. Nicely passed away October 26th, 2018, at the age of 88. Mr. Nicely was born in Collierstown (Lexington) Virginia on March 18th, 1930, the son of the late Otho G. Nicely and the late Edith Scott Nicely. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martha Martin Nicely, son, Jeffrey Allen Nicely, daughter Nancy Ann Page, and son-in-law, Dr. John Page. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Carla Dawn Nicely and Caroline Nicely Page. He is also survived by his brother, Haven Nicely, of Lexington, Virginia. Carl is preceded in death by his son, James E. Nicely.

Carl was a veteran of the Korean War, serving two years in Treste, Italy. He worked in the carpet industry for 50 years, starting in 1948 with James Lees and Sons Co. (now Burlington Industries). In 1963 he transferred to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to set up an order processing operation. In 1964 he moved to Dalton, Georgia, as office manager for Cantibury Carpets. In 1966 he moved to Booton, New Jersey, as administrative assistant to the director of warehousing with the E.J. Korvette Company. In 1968 he moved to Danville, Virginia, to set up and run a furniture distribution center. In 1970 he moved back to Dalton as Vice President of operations for Tile Company of America (T.C.A.). In 1972 he moved to Cartersville as vice president of operations for Stratton Industries. The company was very successful, growing to six plants. His responsibilities and job title changed to vice president of facilities and construction. He held this position until Stratton Industries was sold to West Point Pepperel in 1986, then to Shaw Industries in 1987. He worked for Shaw Industries as plant engineer and maintenance manager until his retirement in 1998. He worked 50 years in the carpet industry all with filling out only one job application; all of his future jobs and positions were offered to him.

He was very active in the Cartersville Industrial Relations Club. He served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce as vice president of industrial affairs. 30 years ago, when Trinity United Methodist Church was organized, he served on the building committee as chairman of the plans and construction sub-committee. He served as chairman of the trustees for three, three year terms and as advisor for two years. He also took a very active part in the men’s club, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Carl was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and friend to all. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Friday the 2nd of November, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Interment will immediately follow in Sunset Memory Gardens.

Please visit to post tributes and sign the on-line register.

Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, GA is honored to serve the Niceley family.


  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, November 2, 2018

Carl Rayburn Nicely

have a memory or condolence to add?

Russell Smith

October 30, 2018

The lasst time I saw Carl Nicely was in Publix shopping and he called my name and I turned and did not know him at first due to some eye problem I had, then he said his name and I was just thrilled! Carl and Martha have been great friends for many years and I remember her exhuberance when they came into our business and she had a bright smile each time. Such people as these are a rarity in my opinion since I have lived here all my life and known so many folks over time.
My prayers are for the faamily and I know Carl is already in heaven. May God bless all the family, you all are in my memories and prayers.I am in Felton Manor and the lovely cards Carl and Martha sent me over timne were a true blessing for me.

Kathy Duncan Olalde

October 30, 2018

Mr. Nicely was a friend of my father's, Mr. John Duncan, and I was acquainted through my dad. Upon visiting my workplace and learning of my dad's serious illness, Mr. Nicely asked to pray with me for my dad. I'll never forget his kindness. He touched my heart deeply. My sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Mr. Nicely. Fly high with the angels. Sincerely, Kathy D Olalde

Debby Courtney-Ward

October 29, 2018

Dear Uncle Carl: You were always so kind and caring to me. I have such good memories of you and I discussing gardening. You shared your secrets of growing tomatoes. Always, through the years you showed concern and caring toward me; I always will fondly hold in my heart you and Aunt Martha.
Bless you.

Beth Tidwell

October 29, 2018

I worked for Carl (secretary) for several years at Stratton. He loved his family and loved sharing stories about them. I will always have fond memories of him. May God provide comfort as only He can to his loving family. Rest in peace Carl. You will be missed.