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John Earl Carson, 64, a retired auto plant worker and Boy Scout leader, died Tuesday (Jan. 26, 1999) in Veterans Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Spartansburg, S.C., he served in the Air Force during the Korean War and came to Buffalo in 1961 from New York City.

Carson worked for the General Motors plant in the Town of Tonawanda for 33 years as a relief man. He also worked for nine years at Harrison Radiator Division, General Motors Corp., in Lockport.

A Boy Scout leader for more than 20 years, he received an award for service in 1996 from Troop 314.

He was a member of Lodge 11679, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which honored him with its Outstanding Service Award in 1985, and Bennett Wells Post 1780, American Legion. He received community-service awards from Chapter 6699, Lena M. Johnson Household of Ruth, and the Concerned Parents Council of St. Luke's AME Zion Church.

His wife, Marilyn Louise Williams Carson, died in 1992.

Surviving are two sons, Anthony of Huntsville, Ala., and John Jr. of Middletown, R.I.; two daughters, Sophia Gonzalez and Monique; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 335 Grider St., after prayers at 10:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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