Bruce Alexander Carlton, Sr.

May 1, 1934October 15, 2020

Mr. Bruce Alexander Carlton, Sr. passed away peacefully, at the age of 86, into eternal rest at his son’s home on October 15, 2020, in his lifelong hometown, Richmond, Virginia.

Bruce is survived by his three sons and their spouses, Bruce A. Carlton Jr., Wayne D. Carlton (Nancy), Dr. Jonathan E. Carlton (Susan); brother Dr. Russell Carlton (Donna); 5 grandchildren: Matthew Carlton, Jessica Hallam (James), Daniel Carlton, Sarah Carlton, and Alexandra Carlton; and 2 great-grandchildren, Benedict and Thomas Hallam. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 39 years, Deane Franklin Carlton, and brother, Bernard M. Carlton.

Bruce was born on May 1, 1934, in Richmond, Virginia to Alec Carlton and Grace Parrish Carlton. He graduated from John Marshall HS in 1952 and the University of Richmond in 1955 with a degree in Business and Accounting. He worked for the accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney. He married Deane, his lifelong sweetheart in 1957. After completing two years of service in the Army at Fort Belvoir, the couple returned to Richmond. Bruce began working for Eskimo Pie as an accountant before taking a position at Reynolds Metals in the tax department where he served for over 30 years. Bruce and Deane raised their family and became lifelong members of the Ridge Baptist Church family where Bruce was an active and dedicated member serving many years as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and pillar.

Bruce was known for his kindness and trusting, generous, giving nature. He served on the boards of Entrust FCU, Promise Care Child Development Center, and FAST. He most enjoyed and favored being of service to others and often volunteered at various local events.

At this time, no services are scheduled. Please visit for updates on service date and time. Bruce will be inurned next to Deane in the Ridge Church Cemetery. It is hoped that at a future date all friends, colleagues, and family will gather to celebrate a life well-lived; “Well done, good and faithful servant… enter thou into the joy of thy lord” - Matthew 25:21. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ridge Baptist Church, American Cancer Society, or the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The family would like to thank all those who have held Bruce in their thoughts and prayers.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Patricia Snead

October 19, 2020

Bruce truly exemplified the Christian spirit through his service to his church, friends, family, community and those in need. I feel so honored that I got to teach the Christian Soldiers Sunday School class with Bruce. We all loved him and admired him so much! He was a very special person with amazing gifts that he shared with everyone. He will be greatly missed.

Pat Snead
Ridge Baptist Church

Karen Butler Wrigley

October 18, 2020

Bruce you were such a good friend to my dad, Dick Butler. When I visited Ridge Church you always greeted me and made me feel at home again. Now that you are home with our Lord and lost loved ones I know you are at peace.

Isabella Jones

October 16, 2020

Bruce was my long time Massanutten student ( cardio strength and yoga) as well as my friend
His smile never faltered and his sense of humor was always present
Bruce started coming to my classes at 70 years young and returned faithfully for 14 years - by age 84 he was in terrific shape
He inspired all of us and always gave so much of his spirit and enthusiasm others in need
I will miss my friend Bruce so.

Dale Catlett

October 16, 2020

My dear cousins,
I'm holding you close in my heart and prayers but know your mom has welcomed your dad home and they are together again, along with the other loving members of our family. Sending you and your families love and prayers for peace as strength. I know it's so hard saying goodbye (for now).



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