John Curtis Carey of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2008. John was born on October 8, 1922, in Greenville, South Carolina, to John Curtis and Nada Green Carey. He grew up and attended high school in Pickens, South Carolina. After graduating from The Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Carey served his country during World War II as an artillery officer in the South Pacific. He fought at Saipan-Tinian, the Philippines, and Okinawa. After the war, he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he began his legal career with the National Labor Relations Board. That year he met Dixie Barrett, the love of his life, and they married in 1950. After five years with the NLRB, Mr. Carey became a labor lawyer for the Bell Telephone Company, where he worked until his retirement 1984. John and Dixie then moved to Texas, the only state they felt was big enough for their wanderlust. John and Dixie particularly loved hiking, which included journeys to all 50 states; they were devoted members of the Austin Volksmarching Club. They also traveled worldwide and greatly enjoyed learning in depth the history and culture of the countries they visited. John and Dixie were members of the Presbyterian Church of Lake Travis. John’s greatest private joys were reading, listening to classical music, art, and enjoying the company of his seven children and their families. John had a terrific and often sharp sense of humor that was loved and expected by all. He is fondly remembered for the many humorous and idiosyncratic nicknames he bestowed upon his wife and children. Mr. Carey is survived by Dixie, his loving wife of 58 years; his seven children, John A., Jenna and husband Forbes Alcott, Nada, Brett, Hugh and wife Barbara Mason, Kellen, and Roane; his eleven grandchildren, Ryan, Melissa, Stuart, Callison and Joanna, Carey, Madeline, Vanessa, Clyde, Lucas, and Max; and his great-granddaughter, Cedar. A family memorial service was held on Saturday, November 8. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank Dr. Sean Gilbey and the ICU staff of Saint David’s Hospital, South, for their care and compassion during Mr. Carey’s final illness. Tags: 1942

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