Frank Michael Carmody, Jr. of Grifton, North Carolina, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 16, 2015. Frank was born on November 26, 1924 in Hampton, New Hampshire, and spent his childhood in New England. He was the only son of Frank Carmody and Beatrice Mitchell Carmody and the brother of Betty Carmody Boylan. He loved to tell stories of his Irish Catholic upbringing, his childhood on his Granddad Mitchell's mountain in Maine, and his sometimes mischievous deeds as a young boy.
Frank joined the United States Marine Corps on December 4, 1941, and proudly served his country for twenty years. He fought in World War II and in the Korean War.
While stationed at Camp Lejeune and visiting with a friend in Wilson, North Carolina, he met a beautiful southern young lady who became the love of his life and his devoted wife for sixty three years. Frank and Pauline Hayes married in 1947, settled in eastern North Carolina and raised six children. He continued his service in the Marine Corps, but to earn extra money to support his growing family, he also began his long career as a businessman. One of his early ventures, was setting up a fruit stand just outside the main gate at MCAS Cherry Point which flourished for several years.
In the early 1960's, Frank began an upholstery business. He continued this business when he retired from the Marine Corps, and the family moved to Kinston. He owned and operated Quality Upholstery until the late 1980s when he finally retired to have more quality time with Pauline and his ever expanding family of grandchildren. Before his retirement, other business ventures in which he thoroughly enjoyed, included The American Restaurant in Grifton and a liquidation store in Kinston.
With Pauline by his side, Frank's faith and love for the Lord grew. He began to share his faith with others and helped to start a mission in Beulaville, North Carolina in 1960. The “Mission” became New Hope Baptist Church and is still an active church today. Frank became an ordained Southern Baptist minister and pastored several churches. He preached his last sermon in April of this year, at Freedom Church in Bristol, Tennessee where his son Mike is a pastor.
Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Pauline, his parents, his sister, a granddaughter, Cailie Grace McKinney, sons-in law Larry Key and Tracy Barnes and grandson-in law, Billy McCoy. He is survived by his children, Mike Carmody and wife Dawn of Bristol, TN, Joyce Roberts and husband Fred of Grifton, Francis Younger and husband Vaughn of Grifton, Barbara Barnes of New Bern, Patricia Carmody of Washington, and Michelle McLawhorn and husband, Bobby of New Bern. He so loved his nineteen grandchildren and step grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren. He loved his many nephews and nieces who called him Uncle Lucky. He is also survived by his Hayes in-laws whom he loved dearly: Robert and Bobbi Hayes, Dot Dorsey, Joyce Barfield and Linda and Donnie Perry. He had very special friends in his life, whom he considered family, Robert and Lola James of Grifton, Bill and Irene Hickman of Ohio, Reverend Dr. Tim Mizelle of Colerain, and Lorraine Jones of Fort Barnwell.
The family will receive friends on Saturday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday at the chapel of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service with Military Honors. The family will also receive friends following the service on Sunday.
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