Carlton Lee Wathen, a Carrabelle native, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at age 85.
A dedicated Merchant Seaman for 39 years, Mr. Wathen started his initial (Engine) training and received his certificate of graduation from U. S. Maritime Service Training Station in St. Petersburg on Dec. 7, 1947. Subsequent training led to an officially licensed position as Third Assistant Engineer, steam vessels on Feb. 2, 1953 and later Second Assistant Engineer of steam vessels on Sept. 22, 1983. He completed his maritime service officially in 1994.
An Army veteran, inducted into the U.S. Army on March 11, 1953, Cpl. Carlton Lee Wathen served during and after the Korean War from 1953 to 1961 and was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve March 23, 1961.
Mr. Wathen served as Carrabelle's city commissioner from 1985 to 1993 and was elected mayor of Carrabelle where he faithfully served his community and town from 1991 to 1995. Member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Christian-Husband-Father-Brother-Leader-Volunteer and Friend.
Mr. Wathen is survived by his wife, Grace Mattair Wathen, Carrabelle; two daughters, Jennifer (Jeff) Lowery, Jacksonville, and Jessica (Joey) Ward, Apalachicola; sister: Winifred Bowyer, Tallahassee; 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; American Legion, VFW, and Lions Club friends. He will be dearly missed by a huge family and many, many friends.
Mr. Wathen was predeceased by father and mother, William Thales Wathen and Maude Elizabeth Wathen; brother, Thales Wathen Jr. and sister, Elizabeth Wathen Tyler.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension with Mother Phoebe McFarlin officiating. The family will receive guests immediately after services directly behind the church in "Wathen Hall.”
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Church of the Ascension.
David Conn of Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville is assisting the family.