James 'Colonel' Carey

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Funeral services for Mr. James 'Colonel' Carey, 83, of Spencer, formerly of Varina, will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Rev. Brent Lingle will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

A military flag presentation will be conducted by Glen Pedersen Post No. 1 -- American Legion Post in Spencer.

James passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at Spencer Hospital.

James William "Colonel" Carey, the son of Joseph and Hazel Carey, was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Varina. His childhood years were spent in Varina. He received his education at St. Columbkille Catholic School where he later graduated. Following his schooling, he entered the military and served with the U. S. Navy from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946.

After his military service, Jim resided in Spencer, where he was employed by Spencer Grocer Company running a pop delivery truck. On June 13, 1949, Jim was united in marriage to Marian Crane at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. In 1946 he went to work for Ed's Radio Ray as an electronics service technician. Jim soon worked his way in to sales and eventually managed the business. Following the owner's retirement in 1977, he purchased the business and renamed it Carey's TV and Stereo. Jim continued to operate the business for several years until turning the business over to his son, Mark.

Both of Jim's children and his grandson, Joe remain active in the business to this day. Jim was proud of the fact that he saw so many changes in the TV industry in his years in the business, seeing the advancement from black and white to color TV, tube type to solid state circuitry, and then, finally, the evolution of High Definition television. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters: Genevieve, LaVonne and Maxine.

James is survived by his wife, Marian of Spencer,; one son, Mark Carey and his wife, Karen of Spencer; one daughter, Lisa Carey of Spencer; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jeannie Rodgers of Mesa, Ariz.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.