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Donald "Ducky" "Poppie" Eugene Carson

September 10, 1940 ~ December 19, 2020 (age 80)







On December 19, 2020, heaven was celebrating and rejoicing as Donald "Ducky" Eugene Carson walked through the gates of heaven. All who knew and loved him affectionately called him Ducky and Poppie. Ducky was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on September 10th, 1940. He lived in Jasper, Tennessee with his wife of 62 years, Betty Carson. Ducky was preceded in death by his son, Randy Carson, father, Calvin Dean Carson, mother, Alline Perkins Moss, and brother Bobby Dean Carson. Ducky is survived by wife, Betty Carson, son, Calvin (Jocelyn) Carson, daughters, Sherri (Johnny) Sisk and Gay (Ron) Stamey, daughter-in-law, Alice Carson; sister, Anita (Crawford) Kay Lea; grandchildren, Ashley and James Keeler, Derek and Molly Sisk, Jessica Anne Carson, Brandt and Jessica Rae Carson, Heather Stamey; great-grandchildren, Carson, Jayleigh and Garrison Keeler, Harper, Hadley and Baby Hallie Blaire Sisk, Caden and Andren Carson; special granddaughters, Elleson Sayler and Sophie Ridge along with many loved nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and community.



Ducky was an amazing man and trying to put into words what he meant to so many would take a novel. He had a heart of gold and was able to love beyond belief which was a mighty foundation for his family. The Lord gave him the gift of giving and he took such pleasure finding gifts for family and friends. He was always on the lookout for what he could bless someone with. He and Bett loved to find treasures in resale shops. His eyes would light up when he explained what he had found. Ducky and Bett loved traveling to Wisconsin to spend time with Jim and Fran and you never knew what they’d come home with after they’d been to resale shops or estate sales. 


Ducky was a loving husband, father and friend. His family was his life and he was so proud of having a close knit family. He bragged many, many times how it filled his heart to have them all so near. When the family was all together, the louder the conversations, the fuller his heart became. One of Ducky’s favorite things to do was to travel and vacation with his family.  Ducky joined Randy and other loved ones in heaven and family gatherings will be noticeably different without Ducky’s warming laughter and Randy’s funny and zany personality. Together eternally, Ducky and Randy are certainly causing a ruckus above! Ducky’s friends were not called friends, they were family. Once you became a friend you were family for life. He is affectionately called Poppie by his family and so many in the community. He built a legacy of kindness, love, generosity and honesty for all who loved and knew him. 


Ducky was a towboat pilot captain for over fifty years. He was an excellent and well respected pilot and spent many of his years training future pilots. His last years before retirement were spent working for Serodino, Inc. of Haletown, Tennessee. He purchased a boat after retirement so that he could be a part of the river and enjoy it with his family and friends. Driving up and down the river and fishing were joyful times in his life.


Ducky was a big fan of the Marion County Warriors, the University of Tennessee Vols, and the Dallas Cowboys. He enjoyed watching football on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with his family. His sports teams were a passion in his life and he gave them all his support whether they won or lost. Playing cards and Sequence were some of his favorite games. He spent many hours playing games, laughing and connecting with family and friends. Ducky also loved to share stories with his family and friends no matter how many times he told them the same one. Some of those stories would even include how he had “paid his taxes” and can drive as slow as he wants in the fast lane. He always made sure there were knicky knacks to eat. His grandchildren referred to theirs as “What happens in the truck STAYS in the truck.” While spending time with his grandchildren, he always supported and encouraged them to do what made them happy. 


Ducky will be deeply missed by so many. We must trust in the Lord for comfort and peace while we wait to meet him and other loved ones in heaven. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds,” Psalm 147:3.


The family will have visitation on Thursday, December 24, 2020 from 10:00 am ct to 1:00 pm ct at Tate Funeral Home in Jasper, TN  37347.   Mask and social distancing will be required per CDC regulations.


There will be a graveside service following the visitation at 1:30 pm ct at Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens in Jasper, TN with Pastor Greg Steele and Pastor John Young officiating. 

Flowers and arrangements will be appreciated or the family request that donations be made to Jasper First Baptist Church for the "missionary program" in honor of Ducky Carson.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Tate Funeral Home, LLC, 950 Mel Dixon Lane, Jasper, TN  37347.  Condolences may be sent to



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December 24, 2020

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Tate Funeral Home
950 Mel Dixon Lane
Jasper, TN 37347

Graveside Service
December 24, 2020

1:30 PM
Sequatchie Valley Memorial Garden Cemetery

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