Carlton Clifton Landrum, 48 of Raleigh, NC and formerly of Danville, VA made his transition from the Earthly physical body on Tuesday, February 29th. During this transition, his home was overflowing with caring and love from family, friends, neighbors, clergy and Carlton's clients alike.
Raised by a loving mother Audrey alongside his two brothers, Kent and Ricky, Carlton had a simple and happy childhood playing in the streets, swimming in the Dan River, hanging out at the YMCA, jumping trains on the railroad tracks or sliding down the coal stacks at the ICE house. He grew up in the Episcopal Church where he loved the music and singing. He spent good parts of his youth traveling with church staff to restore and replace church organs throughout the Northeast. The sense of community, love and teachings, he found in the church and the congregation, are at the core of Carlton's being. After graduating from high school, Carlton found his life-long vocation in cosmetology. Over the course of 25+ years, Carlton was an accomplished stylist with clients who so enjoyed his talents and the conversations and connecting like family as clients children grew from infants to adolescents, seeing many off to college and marriage. For many clients and colleagues alike, Carlton was more like a family member or friend.
A joyful man, Carlton's life was filled with love. From the earliest age Carlton's family and church community had shown him how to give and receive love. And thus Carlton always had a self-awareness. As such, friendships and love were just a part of Carlton. In his early twenties, Carlton met Dan and they remained together until the end celebrating 25 birthdays, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve's, 4th of July's, etc. Carlton was known to be the fussy homemaker, ensuring a clean house and good food. Carlton and Dan's journey included traveling throughout the US seeing most major cities and National Parks. Additionally, they visited many international locations including Dublin, Paris, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Carlton enjoyed singing, reading, yoga and bicycling. All who knew Carlton would tell you that he was a beautiful man who took pride in his physical appearance; he remained sculpted much like David for his entire life. It was not so much about the physical beauty as it was about how it made Carlton feel about himself. In fact, he lay in the bed stretching his arms as high into the air as possible until the very end. If you knew Carlton, you would use the word generous. It just was his nature. He believed that only a wealthy man at heart could afford to give his wealth away; so he was generous to a fault and always knew that he had more than he would ever need.
Carlton is survived by his life-partner of over 24 years L. Dan Stewart - Raleigh, NC, his mother Audrey Landrum and Brothers Ricky and his significant other Nicole Harris, and Kent Landrum - all of Danville, VA; Dan's mother Hannah Honeycutt sister Diane Perry and husband John, brothers Keith and wife Michelle as wells as Wayne Stewart and significant other Anne Alexander, all of Wilmington, NC, sisters Brenda Stewart and Cheryl Jenkins of Emerald Isle, NC. There are many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Noon Saturday, Feb 23rd at Christ Episcopal Church, Raleigh NC with visitation to follow at the Stewart/Landrum Home and 3pm Sunday, Feb 24th at Epiphany Episcopal Church, Danville, VA with visitation to follow at the Landrum/Harris home. In lieu of flowers, the Carlton C. Landrum Memorial Fund has been set up with Wells Fargo Branches, all proceeds to benefit Carlton's mother.