Carvel Ray Todd, 87, passed away on January 6th, 2020, at Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem, Virginia, surrounded by loved ones, shortly after a heart attack. He will have a graveside memorial service at Dublin Military Cemetery on February 13th at 1 pm. A second memorial service will be held in Henderson, Kentucky. Dates to be determined.
Carvel was born in Webster County, Kentucky on June 13th, 1932, to Yewell Vernon Todd and Tille Marie Green, the fourth and last of their children. He was a master plumber educated in Chicago, and self-taught on the job. In 1950, he married Betty Stone and together they raised three children.
In 1949 he lied about his age to join the army where he served as a medical technician, Private First Class in the Korean War. He was an animal lover who also enjoyed fishing and history, particularly WWII.
For much of his life, he was never without a cigar in his mouth. He said he couldn’t think without one. He was a man of strong opinions, fierce love, and cheeky jokes who wasn’t afraid to poke fun while still knowing when to laugh at himself. He is already dearly missed, and forever loved.
He is preceded by his parents and four siblings, Elizabeth,Thomas, Milldred, and Helen. He is survived by his loving partner, Jean Brooks, with whom he shared nearly 20 wonderful years together; his children Lisa Sutton, Jeff Todd, and Velma and Kenny Rigdon; his grandchildren Misty and Scott Denney, Chantah Lamkins, Michael and Morgan Todd, Houston Stone, and Taylor Sutton; his great-grandchildren Peyton, Jace, and Palmer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He spent his time in the Korean War falling out of planes. Now, he has gained his wings, and will forever fly.
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