Myrtle Ruth Carlton

November 25, 1943October 27, 2011

Pastor Myrtle Ruth “Pig” Carlton, 67, of Lenoir, NC, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, surrounded by her loving family, Thursday, October 27, 2011 at her residence.

Pastor Carlton was born in Caldwell County to the late Wilbert and Carrie Witherspoon Caldwell on November 25, 1943. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald Caldwell, and her daughter, VaRhonda Joyce Carlton.

She was the Pastor of Vision, Hope, and Peace United Church of Worship; and overseer/ co-founder of Spirit and Truth United Church of Worship of Albemarle, NC.

Those left to cherish Pastor Carlton’s memory are seven sons, Pervis Carlton, Carey Caldwell, Rodney Carlton, Dean Carlton, Brandon Carlton, Jerome Carlton, Joshua Carlton, and Jordale Carlton, all of Lenoir, NC; five daughters, Crystal (Byron) Davis of Charlotte, NC, Dwenda (Harold) Horton, Tonie Carlton, Feliceity Carlton, and Kaitlyn Carlton, and Pastor Darryl and Rhodda Medley, all of Lenoir, NC; four brothers, Frank Caldwell, Sr. of Pensacola, FL, Wilbert “Buddy” Caldwell, Charles Woodard, and Horace “Trosie” Harshaw of Lenoir; three sisters, Della Mae Gibbs of Morganton, Fannie “Tina” Parsons and Julia Harris of Lenoir; special friends Ronda Carlton and Thomas Carlton; seventeen grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

Receiving of family and friends will be held at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home on Saturday, October 29th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Homegoing Services will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm at The Life Center with the Reverend Terry Hunt officiating and Bishop Sherwood T. Davis rendering the eulogy. Pastor Carlton will lie in state from 2:00-3:00 pm at The Life Center. Interment will follow the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be placed at

Pendry’s Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Pastor Myrtle Ruth Carlton.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 29, 2011
  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 30, 2011

Myrtle Ruth Carlton

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

jerome millsaps

November 2, 2011

my heart goes out to pastor carltons family a true woman of god

tammy coffey

October 30, 2011

tonie im so sorry about your mom.if you ever need me you have my number or look me up on facebook..i love you your the best friend anyone could ever ask for..

Bobbie Dula-Wakefield

October 29, 2011

A true woman of God:
She ran the race until the end.
My heart is heavy.
I told her 'I love you'..each time I saw her.
She will be so missed.
She was a great encourager to us all.
Continuing in prayer for you family.
Mucn love,
Jim & Bobbie Dula-Wakefield

Lana Norwood

October 29, 2011

To the Carlton/Caldwell families, Pastor ("Pig") Carlton is gonna be missed by the families as well as the churches near & far. Will keep the families uplifted in prayer. I'm going to miss her calling me "Big Butt". You can truly say that she was a child of GOD!!!!

Shirley Patterson

October 29, 2011

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Ariel Franklin

October 29, 2011

My Heart is so deeply sadden by the news of Na-Na... Know that no matter how far apart she will forever stay in all of our hearts. She is with the Lord right where she wanted to be and that makes me feel so enlightned....but the pain is still there at the same time...Na-Na meant so much to me as I am sure many many others and I am so humbled and honored that I was able to just be in her grace.... Know that I am so devistated I can't be there to console you guys at this difficult time but know you guys are always in my heart. I Love You guys so Very Much and I will get up there as soon as I return home. If you guys need anything...please dont hesitate to let me know....I mean that.

Diane Hester

October 29, 2011

To the Carlton, Caldwell, and the Vision, Hope, and Peace Church Families:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the love of God and your precious memories of Pastor Carlton bring you much comfort. Celebrate her life of loving, sharing, and giving.

In Christ,
Bishop Philmore and Lady Diane Hester and the Hood's Chapel United Church of God Family

October 29, 2011

Wendy, We just want you and your family to know that we love you and will be thinking of you daily. Mama Myrtle will be missed in the Adkins family. She was one of a kind. She will stay near to our hearts. Love and prayers, Brian,"Brenda", Olivia and Christopher Adkins

Woodard Enterprises

October 28, 2011

Jr Townsend,Tim Gregory,Opie Beaver,Marty Brinkley,James Beard

Woodard Enterprises INC. Family