John Hunter Carrington

October 25, 1934February 28, 2017

John Hunter Carrington, 82, of Wake Forest, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017. He was born October 25, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA to William and Doretta Carrington, the eighth of nine children. Prior to finishing high school he enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War, serving as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division from 1953 to 1955. Following his military service he earned his GED at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, NJ. He went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University) in 1962.

That same year he, his wife Kay and a close friend from the Army, John Reiber, pooled all their savings to buy Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories, a three-employee business that manufactured crime scene investigation equipment. Over the next forty years he would grow this company into the Sirchie Group of companies, having over 100 employees and providing forensic products, vehicles and training worldwide. In 1975 he moved the company from Medford, NJ to Raleigh, NC. He sold the company in 2008.

He was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the 15th Senate district from 1995-2005.

John was preceded in death by his wife Ruby Carrington in 2015. He is survived by his first wife, Kay Carrington and their sons, Kent and Scott Carrington, his daughters-in-law Clarinda Carrington and Tracy Carrington, his five grandchildren, Sean Carrington, Colleen Carrington, Maille Carrington, Caitlin Carrington and Erin Carrington, his brother Donald R. Carrington, sister Nancy Lamm and his nephew Donald I. Carrington; and by Ruby's children and their families: Diane McKinnie Dunn and Jeffery McKinnie.

On Monday, March 6, 2017, starting at 6 PM Military Honors followed by a reception to celebrate his life will be held at Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7209 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612.



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Jayne Jarvis Pomer

September 24, 2017

My thoughts go out to Kent and Scott. The loss of a parent is a significant moment in one's life experience. Jayne Pomer

Dan O'Neil

March 6, 2017

My sympathies go out to Mr. Carrington's sons, and my friends, Kent and Scott.

Beverly Cheeks

March 6, 2017

My prayers are with the family during this time. Mr. Carrington had a great heart and truly cared for others. He will truly be missed and his spunk is unforgettable. Always remember to keep his memories close to your heart.

Holly Nicholson

March 5, 2017

"Great Uncle John" was one of a kind. He would joke with me but I knew it was all in fun. His good nature and thoughtfulness always came through. He was loved and will be missed by many. Deepest sympathy to his family. Holly (Nicholson).

March 4, 2017

Our deepest sympathy to the Carrington family. We knew him through his work in law enforcement and Republican politics. He was a good man.

David and Jeanne Smoot
Wake Forest

John Holt

March 3, 2017

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Carrington. I worked for him at Law Enforcement Associates for a number of years and I respected him greatly for his compassion and caring nature. I give my condolences to his surviving family. I will miss him very much.

Sandra Buchin

March 3, 2017

We met John and Ruby in the early '80s when they moved across the street from us. We became close with them and enjoyed Johnnie's enthusiastic zest for life. He was a very generous man. We attended parties at his home and get togethers on New Year's Eve. After awhile we moved apart and lost touch with him and with Ruby. We just learned in seeing his obituary that Ruby had also passed away. We offer our deepest condolences to his family. Drs. David and Sandra Buchin

Debra Alexander

March 3, 2017

It is very sad to hear the passing of Mr. Carrington. He was always nice and cordial towards me and will be truly missed. My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the Carrington family.

March 3, 2017

Our deepest sympathy for the Carrington family. Louis worked for him until he retired and thought a lot of John Carrington.

Bonnie and Louis Elek

Tony Saggiomo

March 2, 2017

It is very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Carrington. I had the pleasure of working for him and the company he built for 44 years. During that time he mentored me to many mutual business accomplishments. I will always remember him for his great leadership, intelligence and compassion for his employees. My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the Carrington family.