James “Jim” Monroe Carson

Born October 2, 1944 in Hollywood, Florida
Departed March 6, 2024 in Palm Bay, Florida

James “Jim” Monroe Carson (79), loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Palm Bay, Florida.

Born on October 2, 1944 in Hollywood, Florida, he was the middle son of the late Samuel O. Carson and Helen W. Carson. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1968 with a degree in advertising. After completing Air Force Officer Training School and receiving his flight certification, Jim served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and was a pilot during the Vietnam War.

During his time in the Air Force, Jim met and married Judy Anne (Leatherman) Carson, the love of his life, in 1972, and settled in Defiance, Ohio where they operated a successful petroleum distribution business for many years. Judy passed away in 2009 after they shared 36 adoring years together. As a widower, Jim retired and moved to Palm Bay, Florida, where he resided until his passing.

Beyond his professional career and accomplishments, Jim enjoyed quiet mornings on the water with his brother, Samuel O. Carson Jr., and friends. He was an avid fisherman with a love for nature and could never be kept from his boat or the open water. When he was not enjoying the great outdoors, he spent time watching football and cheering on his beloved Florida Gators. Jim was a man full of life and passion for his family, which was his greatest joy. He was always willing to give a helping hand to those who needed it and was always just a phone call away. His reputation for generosity, kindness, and humor was admired by all those who knew him.

Jim Carson was predeceased by his wife Judy Anne Carson, and his parents Samuel O. Carson and Helen W. Carson. Jim will be thoroughly missed by his sons Toby J. Carson (Karyn) of Oak Grove, Minnesota, Jared S. Carson (Kimberly) of Greenville, North Carolina, Jacob T. Carson of Palm Bay, Florida; his granddaughter Reagan E. Carson of Greenville, North Carolina; his brothers Samuel O. Carson, Jr. (Nancy) of Melbourne, Florida, Thomas L. Carson of Salisbury, North Carolina and numerous friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to a local veterans service association or a local fish and wildlife conservation organization of your choosing.


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