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William Walter Carson Sr.

January 10, 1941 - April 3, 2023

William Walter Carson, Sr. passed on Monday April 3, 2023. He was born January 10, 1941 in Bedford, VA to the late Charlie and Fannie Quarles and Louise Carson High. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by Dorothy Carson.

William, also known as Billy, graduated in 1960 from Susie Gibson High School where he played football and baseball. Upon graduation he worked at “Auto-Dine” restaurant (formerly the Terrace House), then at Bunker Hill meat packing plant before joining the staff at Rubatex. He worked diligently to rise through the ranks to become a successful salesman.

He was an avid pillar in the Bedford recreational sports community, devoting many years to coaching both baseball (Rubatex) and football (Bedford Falcons and Rebels) little league teams. He also played first base in the local adult fast pitch softball league.
He was a committed supporter of Liberty High School sports alongside his partner in crime, Bill Davis.

In June of 1960 he married his high school sweetheart Jackie Dyke. They went on to have three children, Vanessa Brown (Kenneth), William Carson Jr. (Cathy) and Rodney Carson (Kelly) and special sister-in-law/daughter Gaynell Ferris (Cleve). He is survived by four grandchildren: Ashley Tanner (Keion), Alexis Cardwell (David), Hunter Carson, and Taylor Carson. He was the Godfather of Tanisha Mitchell (Cecelia). Billy is also survived by nine siblings, Charlie E. Quarles Jr. (Olethia), William J. Quarles (Mozell), Richard M. Quarles (Brenda), Edna Bryant, Diane Arrington, Audrey Jackson (Lonnie), Evelyn Floyd (Sam), Robert Carson (Rosa) and Wesley Carson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles Dyke (Morlana), Roger Dyke (Claudia), Lindell Dyke (Linda), Henry Van Dyke (Janel), Paul Royal (Donna), Patty Hubbard, Carolyn Dudley; and a host of countless relatives, friends, and adopted children.

Billy was an active member of the Bedford community serving on various committees. He was a long-time member of Washington Street Baptist Church serving in many capacities including as a Trustee, Sunday school superintendent, member of the gospel choir, and Deacon. His favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing, cheering on his Dallas Cowboys and Virginia Cavaliers, playing with his dogs, and loving on his four grandchildren.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Oakwood Health and Rehab, Betty Jones, Wendy Wilson, Debra Turner, Kristen Smith, McKenzie Burns, Latasha Bryant (niece), and Phyllis Eggleston. Also, a special thanks to Steve Keefer, Terry Parsons and family.

A celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg Chapel. A visitation will be held from 11:00 to 1:00 pm prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in the Virginia Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers please send any contributions to the Bedford Humane Society at 8209 Ole Turnpike Dr., Bedford VA 24523 or

Spiritually you will live on in each of our hearts forever. You taught us how to live a life of Godliness and how to work hard for what we’ve got. We will cherish each and every memory we have with you. You and Grandma helped lay the foundation for the Carson legacy of love, strength, and family to which we will devote the rest of our years to continuing. Love, Your Family

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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My husband Cliff knew Bill most of his life. I met him at the D Day Memorial. When Cliff had his accident in 2005, Bill asked if there was anything he could do. He was good enough to come and sit with Cliff while I worked, not once but many times. I will never forget how much that meant to me and Cliff. He was such a good man. I'm sorry I didn't know about his passing until today. My prayers 🙏 are with each of you.

Posted by Shela E Wolford on April 12, 2023

My Uncle Billy was an incredible man with a kind soul. I loved going to Uncle Billy and Aunt Jackie house up on the hill during the summer months when I was a young boy. Uncle Billy would let me ride on the mower with him and always had me jumping when he would say "look out for that black snake" as we headed to the pond, (even tho there was never a snake) :). I will miss him dearly. Love u Unc.

Posted by Jermara Dyke on April 8, 2023

So sorry for your loss! He was always so sweet. May God wrap you in his arms of comfort! Love you guys.

Posted by Tricia Bellamy on April 8, 2023

Family we are saddened at the passing of our cousin Billy. We are sorry we could not be there physically, but know that we are there in spirit. We love you all. Our condolences

Posted by Vernon & Angela Dyke on April 8, 2023

Sorry to hear about Mr. Carson. I met him at Oakwood while visiting my mom..Prayers sent to family.Heaven has gained another angel.

Posted by Faithy Burford on April 8, 2023

We were so sorry for your loss.Our condolences and prayers goes out to the family, Bill will be missed.🙏🙏❤️

Posted by Jerry and Margretia Williams on April 7, 2023

To a very nice and kind family my condolences to your mom and family praying God will give you peace and comfort at this time

Posted by JoAnn & Dennis Smith on April 7, 2023

My sincere prayers and condolences to the family!! I remember as a young girl, visiting and spending time with Uncle Billy and his family. The time spent was AMAZING!!

Posted by Felicia Carson on April 7, 2023

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Belinda Perdue & Lena Young on April 6, 2023

My deepest Condolences to you all . Billy was a great family man and a Uncle who I always looked up to. May his memory live on forever . Love Darryl Perfue

Posted by Darryl Perdue on April 6, 2023

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can still remember him singing with the Gospel Chorus. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.

Posted by Claudester Miller on April 6, 2023

So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. I have so many fond memories of your mom & dad. I worked with Bill at the Auto Dine Your mom & dad & Lynwood & I got married in that same summer. We shared many good times.He was such a kind & caring guy. God has welcomed him into His loving arms.

Posted by Connie Powers on April 6, 2023

Our deepest condolences to all of the families. Cherish the memories and may God give all of you strength, comfort, and peace.

Posted by Glen and Deborah (Brown) Martin on April 6, 2023

Billy was a true gentleman. Known him most of my life. I know he will be truly missed by family and friends. His family was my family as well. Loved them with all my heart. Fly high Billy.

Posted by Donna Owen on April 6, 2023

Grandkids,remember your papa loved y’all too the moon and back .RIP Billy 🎈💐

Posted by Gaynell D Ferris on April 6, 2023

I can’t begin to express how much I admired him. I went to live with him and my sister at a young age, and was there until I graduated from high school. So you see he was my brother in law/ like a father to me and my friend. I always reminded him and Jackie how much I appreciate all they did for me. With the Good Lord Blessing that I was able to be there for him at his home and the Nursing Home in a time that he needed me.🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🎈🥲

Posted by Gaynell D. Ferris on April 5, 2023

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill at Rubatex. He was a really great man, kind and considerate, always willing to help in any way he could. I have a lot of good memories from working with him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Peggy Harris Johnson on April 5, 2023

Praying for the Family---May God comfort and give you peace in the days ahead

Posted by Annie Jenkins on April 5, 2023

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