James Charles Carleton

Mr. James Charles Carleton, 71, passed away Jan. 4, 2014. He was born July 21, 1942, in Wyandotte, Mich., to Charles Carleton and Marie Starr Carleton.

Mr. Carleton was a resident of Grayton Beach. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Era serving his country in the United States Navy on the U.S.S Bennington. He was an entrepreneur who started three successful businesses. He enjoyed golfing, boating, gardening, swimming, and long walks on the beach. He never met a stranger because of his genuine warmth toward others. Missed forever will be his wonderful smile, helping hands, true empathy for others, patriotism; and most of all his devotion to his family.

Mr. Carleton is preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Carleton is survived by his adored wife of 46 years, Carol Carleton of Grayton Beach; his beloved children, Patrick Carleton of Royal Oak, Mich., and Martha Sampier and husband David of Lake Worth, Fla.; grandson, Tyler; sisters, Barbara Sullivan and husband Wayne of London, Ohio, and Joyce Zoellner and husband Bud of Jacksonville, Fla.; niece, Christine Utter; nephews, Brent Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, Brad Crouch, Jeff Crouch, Jim Zoellner; brother-in- law, Michael Crouch; and aunt, Irene Starr.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home, 150 East Hwy. 20 Freeport with the Rev. Richard Murray officiating.

Floral arrangements are being accepted.

Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.