Carl Allen Wightman, of Erwin, Tennessee, was born in Bath, New York on 17 August, 1932. He passed away 24 April, 2018 at VA Mountain Home CLC. He was the son of Vernon E. Wightman and Edna Allen Wightman. He was the direct descendant of George Wightman who settled in New London, Connecticut in 1635. Carl was a lifelong Presbyterian.
Carl was the loving and devoted husband of Beverlee Campbell Wightman for fifty-five years. He was the daddy of Diana Christin Wightman, whom he loved with all his heart. He adored his grandsons, Ian Alexander Wightman Canby and James Maxwell Canby. He loved Shane O’Hare like a son, and of course, Shane’s family. Carl leaves many dear friends to mourn his passing.
Carl enlisted in the US Navy at the age of nineteen due to the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Boxer and the USS Oriskany in ordinance aboard these carriers.
He entered Bucknell University in 1955, where he was a member of Phi Lambda Theta. His many friends recall his wonderful sense of humor and delightful personality.
After graduating Bucknell University, he graduated from Officer’s Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Carl served aboard the USS Illusive, USS Herbert J Thomas, USS Severn, and the USS Suribachi. His favorite place was on the bridge of a ship. He loved “driving ships,” the sea, and sailing.
In addition to being a Line Officer, Carl also served in Naval Intelligence. After graduating from Defense Intelligence School, he served at DIA in Washington, DC, in Vietnam, and his final duty station was CINCPACFLT Staff of Adm. Bobby Inmann in Hawaii. Carl was a decorated and proud Naval Officer who loved his country.
After retiring, Carl became Director of The Mohawk Valley Rehabilitation Workshop. The staff grew from nine employees to over one hundred, providing much needed services in the community. Carl was also a member of Rotary International, being very active as long as health permitted. He was a talented woodworker and sailboat builder. He was a historian, reading extensively about the Civil War and naval history.
Much gratitude to the entire staff of the Community Living Center Hospice at VA Mountain Home. Carle’s last six months of life were comfortable and content. He was much loved and cared for at the CLC.
A memorial burial service will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tennessee on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 at 2:30 PM.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Wightman family. This obituary was written and provided by Carl’s loving family.