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Robert Peter Carson
  • Memorials may be made to
  • Dragon Boat Charleston
    P O Box 261
    Charleston, SC 29407
  • Memorials may be made to
  • MUSC Foundation - Head & Neck
    18 Bee Street, MSC 450
    Charleston, SC 29425

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“bob was my cousin . we lost touch over the years . his mom and my dad were brother and sister . when i was young ( about 9 yrs old ) bob came to...Read More »
1 of 52 | Posted by: peter williamson - philadelphia, PA

Taking on the big challenges... “Bob was very good at taking on the big challenges... One day Bob was out at my Dad's Log Bridge (a tree farm). We were sitting around the table...Read More »
2 of 52 | Posted by: Robert M. King - Charlotte, NC

“It has taken me a while to find the right words to express my feelings about Bob. As with most humans, he and I had a complicated beginning and we...Read More »
3 of 52 | Posted by: Norm Seabrooks - Redmond, WA

“I remember Bob from a team meeting we had one day in (70/71?) with a visiting player from the Atlanta Falcons (I think he was a running back for them...Read More »
4 of 52 | Posted by: Glenn Hartzog

“Distance and the different directions life takes us resulted in my not having the pleasure of spending time with Robert and his lovely family. ...Read More »
5 of 52 | Posted by: Joe Williamson - San Diego, CA

“Bob will be missed by many of us as a friend and classmate. My most sincere sympathy to all. ”
6 of 52 | Posted by: Harry Rivers - Pickens, SC

“Rest in peace. You and Hall gave us many a thrill in JHS. ”
7 of 52 | Posted by: Eric Scheipers - Winston-Salem, NC

“Debbie, Erica, Cydney and family, Bob always made me smile when I saw him.. May GOD wrap his everlasting and loving arms around you and comfort...Read More »
8 of 52 | Posted by: Paula Halajcsik - Chas, SC

“Debbie, I'm sorry to hear about Bob. Although I didn't know him well I can tell by the messages that he must have been quite a guy. You and your...Read More »
9 of 52 | Posted by: Tom Gnau - Charleston, SC

“Bob Carson was a man amongst many men. His greatest accomplishments were not athletic, but his family, his friends and the other people he had a...Read More »
10 of 52 | Posted by: Rick Cook - Goose Creek, SC

“Bob inspired me whenever I saw him out on the water dragonboating because he gave it all he had and some. You will be missed on the dock! I will...Read More »
11 of 52 | Posted by: Cynthia Smalls - Charleston, SC

“I first met Bob when I was a high school senior who occcasionally practiced with the Citadel wrestling team. He was the senior stud and the first...Read More »
12 of 52 | Posted by: Rusty Bennett - firend

“Bob Carson met a lot to me and will always be remembered for his athletic and mental competitive spirit. In the past and in the future, when I get...Read More »
13 of 52 | Posted by: Robert Norton, Class of 73 - SC

“To the Carson Family, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of Bob. He epitomized the true meaning of courage, encouragement and lust...Read More »
14 of 52 | Posted by: Gary Diamond - Charleston, SC

“Bobby was the real man among all of us who consider ourselves to be men. He was the natural leader to be admired. He was the unwavering force to be...Read More »
15 of 52 | Posted by: Michael LeBel - Mount Pleasant, SC

“No one can ever know the ways of eternity or understand when those we love leave this earth too soon; before we are ready to say good-bye. Know,...Read More »
16 of 52 | Posted by: Drew and Jaynie McNeely - SC

“I enjoyed catching up at the Kellam '68 Reunion and learning about many successes and a wonderful family! Bob was a friend to all - and talented...Read More »
17 of 52 | Posted by: Faye Frost Shealy - Williamsburg, VA

“I rememeber Debbie and Bob when first dating. How happy you were and what a beautiful family you raised together. It is with sincere condolences...Read More »
18 of 52 | Posted by: Barry Hainer MD - Charleston, SC

“Bob was bigger than life to me as i saw run like hell at johnson hagood he and j hall made a duo that couldn t be beat he amazed me as he did nice...Read More »
19 of 52 | Posted by: Danny Johnson - Chuktwn, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with are with the family! P.A. & Terry Pournelle-Class of 73 ”
20 of 52 | Posted by: P.A. & Terry Pournelle - SC

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
21 of 52 | Posted by: Stefanie Dingle (Beacon Hospice) - SC

“The mornings Bob showed up at my classroom door to bring something to Erica or Cydney he always came with a smile. Your family became more than...Read More »
22 of 52 | Posted by: Linda Bush - Charleston, SC

“I am very sorry to hear of your recent loss. May the God of all comfort help you to endure through this difficult time. ”
23 of 52 | Posted by: FL

“Thank you Mr. Carson for all that you did for Citadel Football. You definately have a friend forever in the lives that you touched with our coaches...Read More »
24 of 52 | Posted by: Daryle Wong - State College, PA

“If we had shared Bob's kindness, his generosity, and his determination; the world would be a much better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob...Read More »
25 of 52 | Posted by: John W. Hanna - Charleston, SC

“So sorry for your loss - Bob was a classmate of mine. I regret that I will not be able to attend the services. ”
26 of 52 | Posted by: stephen macke - mcdonough, GA

“People are born and die every day, but when Bob Carson left us, there is a void in our hearts that will never be filled. From the horse lot to the...Read More »
27 of 52 | Posted by: John Lindsay - Charleston, SC

“I remember Bob's 50th birthday party when all of his football teammates showed up and danced with helmets on and gave him the gift of donations to...Read More »
28 of 52 | Posted by: Cris Bernstein - Summerville, SC

“Debbie, We were saddened to hear of your loss and we realize many people have lost a blessing from God. We are praying for strength and comfort for...Read More »
29 of 52 | Posted by: Kathleen & Jay Couturier - SC

“I will always remember Bob Carson as a gentle soul who always had a smile for everyone. I was the new kid on the block at school in the last half of...Read More »
30 of 52 | Posted by: Cherie Miller - Virginia Beach, VA

“People are born and die every day, but when Bob Carson left us, there is a void in our hearts that can never be filled. From the horse lot to the...Read More »
31 of 52 | Posted by: A friend

“A NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN POEM I GIVE YOU THIS ONE THOUGHT TO KEEP, I AM WITH YOU STILL, I DO NOT SLEEP. I AM A THOUSAND WINDS THAT BLOW. I AM THE...Read More »
32 of 52 | Posted by: Oren and Susan Wood - Greer

“There are very few people that pass through this life that leave everyone they meet better off than befor Bob met them, with the exception of the...Read More »
33 of 52 | Posted by: Brandon and Beth Epps jr - SC

Bob was always a powerhouse. “Bob was a wonderful guy in school when he played football and I was cheering on the team. We had many fun memories from those days. I really...Read More »
34 of 52 | Posted by: Jennifer Brown Estes - VA

Bob and Joy reach it out “Bob - you were truly an inspiration in the dragon boat. As a coach, I'd tell paddlers there is no such thing as 110% - but somehow you would...Read More »
35 of 52 | Posted by: Pat Barker - Fort Langley, BC

“What a guy. It is such a loss. He is a loss to all. I remember the first time he came to the dock. He was a mass of muscle and shoulders .....I...Read More »
36 of 52 | Posted by: Joy - Charleston, SC - Friend

“There are very few people that have passed through this life that leave everyone they touch better off than before they met Bob, with the exception...Read More »
37 of 52 | Posted by: Elizabeth Epps - Charleston, SC

“Deborah, Erica and family, Sending love and deepest sympathy to you all. Your pain is felt all the way up north and if it helps to know that tears...Read More »
38 of 52 | Posted by: Sue Laudeman - Cape May, NJ

“Bob has always been a terrific friend. We will always have those memories. We will love you and miss you Bob Carson, until we meet again. God bless...Read More »
39 of 52 | Posted by: Don and Teesie Ellis - Convoer, NC

“Erica and family, I am deeply sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts are with you, now and always. Much love, Jamie ”
40 of 52 | Posted by: Jamie Van Etten - Ann Arbor, MI

“Bob was a terrific person who cared about others and loved The Citadel as much or more than anyone.He played football with his deep passion for the...Read More »
41 of 52 | Posted by: Buck McMillan - Burlington, NC

“We are all greatly saddened by the loss of Bob. In all my years of coaching football, I had never known a player whose character, integrity,...Read More »
42 of 52 | Posted by: Coach Rusty Hamilton - Charleston, SC

“We are Debbie's brother, Charles' in-laws. We were privileged to meet Bob and family in May, 1999. This was our only meeting0 with Bob. We met...Read More »
43 of 52 | Posted by: William & Mary Shamleffer - MD

“Condolences to Deb and the girls. We will miss him but he will always be remembered and with us. ”
44 of 52 | Posted by: Rusty Holt - Richmond Hill, GA

“Bob was a special friend to the entire Coleman family. Bob epitomized strength, courage, and determination. He will live on as an example to all...Read More »
45 of 52 | Posted by: The Coleman Family - Winnsboro, SC

“Never will forget you, your courage, your strength, your positive attitude, your support. Go in peace. Love Paul& Sylvia ”
46 of 52 | Posted by: Sylvia huskey - Charleston, SC

“What a sad day. Bob was a remarkable man and a fantastic friend for many. When the ox was in the ditch, there was no one better to have in your...Read More »
47 of 52 | Posted by: Gay Mayfield - Savannah, GA

“Hey Bob, Fist bump, hip bump, shoulder bump, hug...I'll miss you on the dock after dragon boat practice. Love you so.... ”
48 of 52 | Posted by: Leslie

“Bob sponsored our son's scholarship at The Citadel, who graduated in 2009. He not only sponsored but became a mentor and friend to Jonathan, who was...Read More »
49 of 52 | Posted by: Judy Vest - Robstown, TX - friend

“We became friends because of my dog. And what a good friend both he and Deb were. We spent many days together on the beach at Kiawah with Cid and the...Read More »
50 of 52 | Posted by: Lisa Morauer Clark - Flornece, KS

“Our sympathy to the family. ”
51 of 52 | Posted by: Bob & Peggy Archer - Naples, FL

“Bob Carson epitomized the human spirit. He was the most impressive physical wrestler I had ever seen at The Citadel. His belief in his own...Read More »
52 of 52 | Posted by: Tommy McQueeney - Mt. Pleasant, SC


Entered into eternal rest on the morning of April 19, 2012, Robert Peter Carson, husband of Deborah Stier Carson. Residence, Johns Island, SC. The relatives and friends of Bob and Deborah are invited to attend his funeral services in The Summerall Chapel, The Citadel, Monday, April 23, 2012 at 12 noon. Friends may call at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL Sunday between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Carson was born October 20, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of John Benson Carson and Susan Williamson Carson. He retired as President and CEO of Sand Creek, Inc. Bob was a 1973 graduate of The Citadel, where he began his football career as a walk-on and was awarded a full scholarship after his freshman year. He was the 1972 team captain and was voted the team's most valuable player. For 24 years, he held The Citadel record for the longest run from scrimmage (95 yards), which would stand until Travis Jervey broke the record in 1994. The Associated Press recognized Carson as a second-team All-Southern Conference performer and as an honorable mention All-American. He was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2000, Carson established a football scholarship in his name at The Citadel for other walk-on players who distinguished themselves on the field.

Bob continued to demonstrate athletic prowess and sportsmanship throughout his life. In 2010, after surviving two bouts of head and neck cancer and a jaw replacement, he was a member of the Dragon Boat Charleston Grand Masters team that won the National Championship. He generously sponsored many local charity golf tournaments, youth soccer teams and, of course, his beloved Citadel Bulldogs.

He was a member of the Middleton Hunting Club, Country Club of Charleston, The Citadel Brigadier Club, The Citadel Football Association and the Dragon Boat Charleston.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters: Mandy Carson Davis (Chip) of Wadmalaw Island, SC, Cydney Nicole Carson (Brett Epps) of James Island, SC and Erica Leigh Carson of Charleston, SC; two grandchildren: Miles and Merritt Davis; one brother: Pastor John B. Carson, Jr. Fairfield, CA; one sister: Susan Carson Lambert of Lawrenceburg, KY.

Memorials may be made to The Bob Carson Football Scholarship, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409, or Dragon Boat Charleston, P.O. Box 261, Charleston, SC 29407, or MUSC Foundation-Head and Neck, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425.