OBITUARY

Clarence Carrington

February 2, 1934March 4, 2019
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Rev. David Carrington, 85 of Copperas Cove, Texas, gained his heavenly reward on March 4, 2019. He was born on February 2, 1934, to Clarence Homer and May (Wilkins) Carrington in Paris, Texas.

David was raised in Paris, Texas and graduated from Paris High School. He obtained his associates degree in Business Administration from Paris Junior College before being drafted into the U.S. Army. While serving as a medical laboratory specialist, David was sent on tours in France, Italy and England.

David felt his call to preach and received his local license with the United Pentecostal Church International on February 20, 1956. While evangelizing across Texas, he met and fell in love with Gloria Johnston who soon became his wife. Over the next 54 years together, they had four children and dedicated their lives to ministering the gospel. They pastored in Grants, New Mexico, Levelland, Texas, and Dumas, Texas. Upon retirement, they moved to Copperas Cove, Texas, where he served as an elder in the church and ministered in multiple local churches.

Eight years after David and Gloria moved to Copperas Cove, Gloria passed away following her battle with Alzheimer’s. David continued in ministry and later developed a friendship with Mary Knight who later became more than just a companion, but also his wife.

During his years of ministry, he also worked as a substitute teacher in the Dumas and Copperas Cove public school systems. This was a source of great joy for David. He enjoyed investing his time and attention in the kids and helping them learn.

David was a hard worker…a workaholic, some would say. He was often found with a shovel or a hammer in his hand working on his or someone else’s projects. If he heard a fence was being built, he was there to help. In fact, as he lay in the hospital bed, one of his concerns was whether his son’s fence had ever been finished. One project that was close to his heart was the Texico District Campgrounds. Much blood, sweat, and tears were invested in building dorms, roofing and pouring cement.

David made the most of each moment of his 85 years. Whether tending to his garden, encouraging a younger minister, or befriending a neighbor, David gave his all. Out of his generous and loving heart often flowed much humor. Anyone that knew him came to expect a joke or a funny story. He leaves behind a legacy of love for truth, generosity and people. His mantra in life was to make it to Heaven and take as many people with him as he could.

Left to carry on his legacy are his wife Mary Carrington of Copperas Cove, Texas; children Teresa Hendrick and husband Donnie of Copperas Cove, Texas, Steve Carrington and wife Sheila of Farmington, New Mexico, Sheree Stover of Copperas Cove and Nathan Carrington and wife Rolonda of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren Kela Tinoco and husband Jocsan, Kenny Hendrick and wife Keila, Brittany Carrington, Larissa Havens and husband Luke, Kaden and Austin Stover, Nataley, Hannah and Ramah Carrington; great grandchildren Isaac, Karissa and Addison Tinoco, Elijah, Corban, and Tucker Hendrick.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria (Johnston) Carrington, his parents Clarence and May Carrington, and his nine brothers and sisters.

Viewing will be at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the United Pentecostal Church, 1302 Pecan Cove Dr., in Copperas Cove. Funeral service to follow at 10:00 AM on Wednesday with his sons and grandsons officiating. He will be laid to rest at 9:00 AM on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 Hwy 195, in Killeen, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Copperas Cove United Pentecostal Church Special Project Fund.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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Clarence Carrington

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Sheila Carrington

March 18, 2019

David Carrington was not only my father-in-law, but he was also my pastor. I know he prayed many prayers for me. I am thankful for the influence that he had in my life. He instilled a love for God and His Word in my heart. If you look closely his fingerprints are all over my life, and I am what I am today largely because of him. As a daughter-in-law, he treated me with utmost respect and love. I am thankful that God sent him to Dumas when I was just a baby. My life was forever changed by that decision. He raised my husband to be a man of integrity with a strong work ethic. I will forever be grateful for having David Carrington in my life.

Steve Carrington

March 18, 2019

Dad was a wonderful and loving father. I have fond memories of our many hunting trips. Probably the most memorable was a very cold duck hunt. We had been dropped off at a pond while the others went to another location. As an 11 or 12 year old kid, I got very cold. Dad bundled me up the best he could and even tried to get me to wear his coveralls. I wouldn’t, and we survived, but that was the kind of father he was. He always cared for the needs of others more than his own.

Sheree Stover

March 17, 2019

Oh how I miss you, Dad!! You were the best dad we could ever have!! I will never forget how we worked along beside you in the yard until we were exhausted but then you suggested that we shuck the corn or shell the peas while we “rested” in the shade. How about when I tried to play hookie from school just to listen to Paul Harvey? You made a believer out of me that skipping school was not a wise choice.

Because of you, I honed in on my office skills after helping you with your district office duties. You worked endlessly and tirelessly all the time and never complained. You were an amazing Christian example for us to follow. I love you mostest......NO take backs.....everyone included. I can’t wait to see you again in that heavenly home!!

William Aldridge

March 17, 2019

Bro. Carrington always had a way about him that would calm us (then young folks) at Youth Camp. I remember him putting on a big smile when he would walk by the Snowcone Machine booth and I was doing more talking than working . I’m both blessed and a better man to have ever known him and to know his family.

Brittany Carrington

March 13, 2019

My dearest Papa C,

I'll miss your sweet, ever-present smile that often turned into a smirk when your jokster side emerged. I'll miss your warm embrace that was always punctuated with firm pats on the back (that sometimes hurt, I'm not gonna lie). I'll miss your deep, distinct voice that bellowed the Word of God over the pulpit and cried out to God in the prayer room. I can still hear you fervently calling out "Halleluuuujah."

You didn't act like a Christian. You were a Christian...a genuine Christian. Godly principles were a part of your life whether you were ministering from the pulpit, fishing on the lake or tending to your garden at home. You instilled a strong faith in your family that transcended generations. You left a beautiful example for us to follow.

And, most importantly, you left me with love for coffee. I remember when I was about 8 years old, you and Memaw came to visit. Y'all were out having a cup of coffee on the porch. I loved the smell of coffee, but had never tasted it. When I expressed my curiosity, you encouraged me to try it and proceeded to fixed me a cup with cream and sugar. I thought it was disgusting! But drank it because y'all were drinking it and it seemed ungrateful to toss it down the drain. From that point on, I was determined to like it because Memaw and Papa did and I wanted to be just like them. Maybe I thought it would make me wise and grown up...who knows. I eventually grew to love coffee and it became the centerpiece to our many moments of bonding.

Thank you for showing me the true ingredients to a great life - a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.

I love you mostest no take backs,
Brittany

Donna Meadows

March 10, 2019

I’m so thankful that Bro Carrington chose me to be his friend as I know everyone he came in contact with walked away knowing they made a new friend. A memory that just makes me smile is when we played Rumicube and the rules may change throughout the game but it always ended with Bro Carrington walking away the winner of the game. The rest of us walked away with laughter and sweet memories. We will miss your jokes in the clinic and your smiling face. I just know you are entertaining angels and are truly in the presence of Jesus. You and your family are so special to us and we will continue to lift all in prayer.

Andrew and Devi Foster

March 9, 2019

Dear Family of Rev. David Carrington,

Our lives were touched by Brother Carrington in important ways, mostly through Texico District campmeetings. We will always remember his boundless energy, ready smile, and contagious laughter at his own jokes. He was a man of God, a prince among men, and we will always remember him with respect and love.
May the Lord Jesus Christ be your comfort and strength. May you be surrounded by the memories, the love and respect that we all had for your father and grandfather. Our prayers and appreciation are with you all at this time.

Sincerely,

Rev. and Mrs. Andrew B. Foster
Albuquerque, NM

Dani Tanner

March 9, 2019

Mr. Carrington was such a sweet man. I was a teacher at CCHS and spoke with him several times. I saw him a few months ago before i went to belton. I wish I could have seen him again. I send blessings to the family. Heaven will welcome him with open arms.

Teresa Hendrick

March 7, 2019

My precious dad taught us how to love God and others. He also taught us a strong work ethic. Words can never explain the sorrow I feel at this time of loss but also the joy that he is with my mother. Heaven is sounder sweeter all the time..

Terry and Elizabeth Kent

March 7, 2019

Our dearest and forever treasured pastor David Carrington. So many great memories; when we think of pastor Carrington these are the qualities in him that come to mind; genuine love, passion for souls, caring spirit, humbleness, wisdom, maturity, steadfast, never wavering, hard working, strong, reliable, and loyal friend. He was a sure anchor for the Dumas United Pentecostal church that is still standing with the people he grew as he pastored. His legend will be forever cherished and appreciated. We are so thankful for the privilege fo being pastored by this fine man. We miss him and our dear sister Carrington. We are honored that he officiated at our wedding and baptized my husband and I as well as every one of my children in Jesus name. Our most sincere and deepest condolences to the family. Love always.

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Biography

      Clarence Carrington was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Clarence will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Clarence was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Clarence leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Clarence Carrington.