James Leonard Carson
James Leonard Carson
  • December 23, 1930 - August 21, 2017
  • Texas

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James Leonard Carson, 86, passed away Monday, August 21 at Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 2, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in 1515 South College Avenue in Bryan. James was born December 23, 1930 in Crab Orchard, Kentucky the son of Leonard Evan and Effie Withers (McClary) Carson. As a child that was not supposed to have lived because he had a severe congenital heart problem, he flourished because he was surrounded by the love of all of his family in Kentucky. Jim rode his horse around the family farm since he unable to walk as a child due to his heart condition. His education began in a one room schoolhouse with children of all ages. Growing up during the Great Depression was hard, but his family was close and supported each other during the difficult times. Jim learned generosity by the example of his parents and surrounding community who did not hesitate to help others in need. The Lord dealt him a hand with only a pair of twos, but Jim, through his indomitable spirit, was able to play with that hand and made his life a success in spite of numerous health problems. One of Jim's favorite quotes was "Don't be afraid to try something because, even if you fail, you will have learned something from the experience.". Jim always said that a rose, as beautiful as it is, will be a weed if it is in the wrong place or it is not wanted. That meant "Be a blessing to others, not a weed". Jim had a sharp wit and a gregarious personality which served him well in his relationships with others.

He graduated from the University of Kentucky and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Jim proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force in the Atomic Energy Research Department in New Mexico. While working on his post graduate work in Plant Pathology and Agronomy, he was hired to continue his research in Venezuela, where he fell in love with the country and a very special lady. Jim primarily worked with all areas of tobacco growing which allowed him the privilege of travelling extensively and living throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America. He was a man that knew how to live life and his adventurous risk taking spirit enabled him to have adventures that the average man could not conceive. He loved to tell of his real life experiences which sounded unbelievable, entertaining his children, grandchildren, and all those around him. After retiring from Cigarrera La Moderna in Monterrey, Mexico, he and his longtime friend and brother in law, Charles E. Meacham created a very productive business of vegetable transplants in the Rio Grande Valley. Jim served as president of the Texas Vegetable Association and was a member of the Lion's Club in South Texas.

James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marta Carson and his loving family: Kitty Milton (sister); Martita and Tom Swanner; Lee and Marita Carson; Mary Meacham and Ronny; Charles Meacham and Lisa; Thomas Swanner and Courtney; Jackie Diaz and Ted; Jenn Dudley and Darrin; Marta LaFaver and Stephen; Chris Carson; Kaye Layne and Mark; Mac Milton and Julia; and his beautiful great grandchildren: Thomas Swanner; Alexander Swanner and Brynlee Dudley.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the nursing staff of Hospice Brazos Valley, Dr. Higginbotham, Dr. Elizabeth Suarez, Father Edwin Kagoo, Chaplain Gary Roe, Sonja, Pearl, Tiffany, Chela, and Sam for all of love and care they gave to James. Thank you to all his friends and close relatives for their prayers, support, and love they showed him throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W 26th Street, Bryan, Texas