J. Wilbert Carawan

Published 5:26 pm Saturday, October 5, 2013

Joseph Wilbert Carawan, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died June 1, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Born in Engelhard, May 10, 1920, he was the son of the late Joseph Mitchell and Mattie Gibbs Carawan who were both from Hyde County.
He was married to the former Viola Evelyn Mason who preceded him in death.  He spent his entire career of 31 years in the U. S. Coast Guard and retired to Virginia Beach, VA in 1975.  He had been living in Scottsdale, AZ for the last seven years with his only child, Cheryl A. Vermillion and her husband, Joseph Vermillion.
He is also survived by two granddaughters, Angie Vermillion and her husband, Dr. Sean Meehan of Potomac Falls, VA and Alyssa Vermillion of Scottsdale, AZ.  He also leaves three great-grandchildren, Sean and Emma Meehan and Amya Vermillion Anderson.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Carawan Foster.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at Swan Quarter Christian Church.  Pastor Sonny Furrow and Jonathan Mason will officiate.  Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.
The family will receive friends and guests during the one hour prior to the funeral in the fellowship hall of the church.
Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter where online sympathy messages may be directed to www.bryanfs.com.