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Memorial services for Dr. David Milton Carlton, Sr. will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2012, in the First United Methodist Church of Lecompte, with the Rev. Ross Ford officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to John Kramer & Son.

After a brief illness, Dr. Carlton passed away at the age of 88 at Grace Home. Dr. Carlton led a distinguished life in medicine in Central Louisiana since moving to Lecompte in 1952. He grew up in Shreveport, LA, and attended Queensborough Elementary and Fair Park High School.

He entered Centenary College in the fall of 1941, beginning his studies in pre-med. These studies were interrupted when he voluntarily joined the US Navy in the Spring of 1943. He served as a Gunnery Officer aboard a Destroyer Escort in the South Pacific. After being Honorably Discharged in 1946, he finished his studies at Centenary and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947. He entered Tulane School of Medicine in 1947 and received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1951.

After completing his internship at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando, FL, he moved with his family to Lecompte, LA, where he began a practice of General Medicine and Surgery with Drs. Blake and Hair. With the addition of Dr. John Luke, the practice eventually became known as the Carlton & Luke Clinic.

Dr. Carlton was strongly active in medical association affairs and a leader in this part of his profession. He was a member of the Rapides Parish Medical Society, serving as its President in 1971. He was a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society, serving as its President in 1979. He was a member of the American Medical Association, serving as President of the Organization of State Medical Association Presidents in 1980. In addition he served the AMA on their Rural Health Committee for six years and was chairman of that group during his tenure. He represented the Louisiana Physicians as an AMA delegate for two years as well. He also served on the Administrative Board of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital for 10 years. He retired in April, 1998 after practicing medicine for 46 years.

Dr. Carlton has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lecompte for 60 years, serving on the administrative board for most of that time He was a councilman for the Town of Lecompte for several years during the fifties. He was a member of Rotary International, having been president of the Lecompte Club from 1954 – 58. Rotary awarded him a Paul Harris Fellowship for his outstanding contributions to that organization. He served as Louisiana State Chairman for the March of Dimes Foundation for two years. Dr. Carlton was an active member of the American Legion for most of his adult life. He was most proud of his service as Chairman of the Committee for the formation of Rapides High School in 1965-66.

Dr. Carlton is preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Miller Carlton, granddaughter, Melissa Elodie Ruth Davis, three sisters and four brothers. He is survived by three children, David Milton Carlton, Jr., of Alexandria, Andrew Miller Carlton and Carolyn Carlton Davis, both of Lecompte, his six grandchildren, David Milton Carlton, III, Christi Carlton Christensen, Donald Berkeley Davis, Jr., Jessica Elizabeth Davis, Ruthann Carlton and Virginia Carlton Moore and eight great grandchildren.

Friends are asked to call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012 at John Kramer & Son and at the First United Methodist Church Lecompte, from 1 p.m. until time of services on Sunday.

The family requests memorials be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Lecompte, P.O. Box 99, Lecompte, LA, 71346.

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