Steve Carlisle, Sr.

February 8, 1922 - January 26, 2010
Steve Carlisle, Sr.

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James Steven Carlisle, Sr., 87, of Hendersonville, NC, died Tuesday morning, January 26, 2010 at his home.

Steve was born on February 8, 1922 in Henderson County to the late James Gaston and Lila Lou Essie McCraw Carlisle and lived in Dana while growing up. In addition to his parents, Steve is preceded in death by his brothers, Hillard, Frank and Charles Carlisle, and sisters, Mattie Frady and Gerry Hollingsworth.

Steve was proud of his service in the Navy during WW II and attended Great Lakes Naval Training School in Chicago. After being discharged, he attended Mars Hill College and Newberry College. For over thirty years, he worked as an auditor for the Employment Security Commission. During this time, he served as President of the International Association of Personnel Employment Security for NC and VA. Upon retirement, he completed tax returns.

Steve was a member of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville for 61 years, serving as a deacon, usher, church treasurer for 14 years, member of the choir, superintendent of the Jrís department, and one of the founders of the wood program with IAM. He was also active in Rotary, where he served as Secretary, and Toastmasters, and was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #1616. His greatest loves were his family, friends, church, tennis and watching the birds from his front window.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Betty Sexton Carlisle; children, Steve Carlisle, Jr. of Flat Rock; Karen (Leon) Corbeil of Laurel Park; Mike Carlisle and fiancÈe, Cristy Drake, of Hendersonville; and Myra (Rev. Phil) Kitchin of Stone Mountain, GA; grandchildren, Jennifer (Luis) Duran of Hendersonville; Carmela Carlisle and fiancÈ, Bill Glisson, of Mills River; Drew Carlisle of Washington, DC; and Hannah, Lydia, Peter and Zietun Kitchin of Stone Mountain, GA; great-grandchildren, Nick DiSalvo of Laurel Park and Madison Duran of Hendersonville; sisters, Clara Case of Hendersonville and Louise (Bill) Shultz of Ft. Pierce, FL; sister-in-law, Martha Sexton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Service will be held at 3 PM Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville with the Revs. Wally Shamburger and Phil Kitchin officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the VA Medical Center in Asheville and Four Seasons Palliative Care for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CrossWalk Student Center, First Baptist Church, 312 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


Sunday, January 31, 2010
12:00 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Tuesday, February 2, 2010
12:00 AM

Oakdale Cemetery - Directions
Hwy 64W
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • February 01, 2010
    Bill and Jan Stakias says:
    Betty and all Steve's family, Please know that all of you have our deepest sympathy in your loss. Steve was such a fine man. His kind are few and far between.

  • January 31, 2010
    Geneva D. Smith says:
    May God strengthen and comfort you during this difficult time.

  • January 31, 2010
    Sarah Jane Sexton and Family says:
    We send our deepest sympathy to the family and Betty Jean. My the Lord comfort you during this time. We know you will see him again. With our Love, Your cousins, Sarah Jane Sexton-Joy, Debbie, Lisa, Rebecca, Christina, Stephen and the family.

  • January 31, 2010
    Barry and Betsy Cosgrove says:
    To the entire Carlisle Family: I send my deepest sympathy to you all. Memories of the past and how tight your family was, even in those crazy years, will always stay with me. What a gentle loving person your Dad was. We all will miss him very much. Best to all of you and may your memories warm your hearts forever. Barry Cosgrove and Family

  • January 31, 2010
    Steve Simpson says:
    In our lives, if we are truly fortunate, we might meet a handful of people who possess a character that makes a lasting impression on us. We see this person as a model from whom we learn. To me, Steve, Sr. was one of those individuals. Although I didn't know him very well, we attended FBC together and were involved with "The Messiah" together for many years. His friendliness, calm demeanor, and willingness to help and serve others will always represent a standard for which I and others should strive. I thank him for his military service to our country. And I thank him for being a solid figure for all of us to look up to. His family can be so proud. I count myself as very blessed to have known him. May you rest with peace in glory, Mr. Carlisle. Steve Simpson Hendersonville