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Johnny Weymond Carlin was born February 4, 1941 in McNairy County, Tennessee the son of the late Allen Theodore and Lessie Dee Taylor Carlin. He was united in marriage to Joyce Black on December 20, 1961. Mr. Carlin was a wonderful provider for his wife and children. He loved the water, being outside, birds, and pretty flowers. His favorite time of the day was the morning, he loved watching the world come to life. In his spare time he enjoyed farming which included raising fish, corn, tomato plants (having once raised 12,000 plants), and a worm farmer. He was a member of the Lakeview Baptist Church in Selmer, Tennessee. Over the course of Mr. Carlin’s life he worked as a construction worker, logger, hauled lumber for Eugene Knight, and a supervisor for Memphis Frosted Foods. He also worked for Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee State Parks and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency for a combined total of 33 years. He was fundamental in developing hiking trails, camping and picnic areas at West Tennessee State Parks. He was the crew supervisor for the West Tennessee Basin Authority and responsible for 186 miles of the Hatchie River, he personally knew every landowner along his section of the river and obtained permission from each to work on their property. He was dedicated to his job, traveled and put over 160,000 miles on 14 different work trucks. Mr. Carlin departed this life on May 18, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 70 Years, 3 Months, 14 Days. He is survived by his wife Joyce Carlin of Pocahontas, TN; two daughters, Cathy Ashe and husband David of Selmer, TN, Sondra Carlin and fiance Chris Murrah of Pocahontas, TN; a son, Garron B. Carlin and fiancee Kim Kyle of Pocahontas, TN; a granddaughter, Chelsey Ashe of Selmer, TN; first great grandbaby due on June 4th, Levi David Ashe; three brothers, Junior Carlin and wife Martha of Selmer, TN, William Carlin and wife JoAnn of Selmer, TN, Donald Carlin and wife June of Selmer, TN; host of nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Carlin was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Busby and husband John.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Selmer, Tennessee with George Kyle, Harold King officiating.
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