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1934 Mary 2021

Mary Carolyn Carter Pogue

August 8, 1934 — October 2, 2021

A "PRIVATE IMMEDIATE FAMILY ONLY" Graveside/Funeral Service will be held 2:00PM Thursday 10/7/21 at Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County, MS. There will be no public visitation. The family requests any memorials be made to The Baptist Children's Village, 114 Marketridge Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157.On October 2, 2021, Carolyn Carter Pogue, 87, of Eupora passed away with her daughter by her side at North MS Medical Center Eupora and went to her Heavenly home. Carolyn was born August 8, 1934, in Ocala, Florida, to Thomas Crawford Carter, Jr. and Bernice Knoblock Carter. The oldest of two children, she grew up learning the value of hard work, the importance of family, her country, and most importantly her ever growing faith in the Lord. When Carolyn was a young girl she developed a very strong sense of patriotism to her country. She admired the women in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and wanted to be a part of the WWII effort. Wearing a WAC uniform made by her mother and pulling her younger brother in a wagon in their Jacksonville, Florida, neighborhood, Carolyn collected grease which she in turn sold for munitions. Carolyn then took her money and bought U.S. Government Defense Savings Bonds or “War Bonds." Her father was employed by the United States Postal Service and he was transferred to Savannah, Georgia, when she was twelve years old. She entered middle school at that time and went on to graduate from Savannah High School in 1952. In August of 1952, she attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and graduated in 1955 after completing a rigorous three year registered nursing program. Carolyn furthered her education by being accepted into the first nurse practitioner's program in MS in 1974. She graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1975. While Carolyn was in her last year of nursing school in 1954, she met James Creyer Pogue of Webster County, Mississippi. He was a supervisor in the Health Physics Division at the Savannah River Plant in Aiken, South Carolina. They married in August of 1955 and remained in Augusta until they made the decision to move their family, in 1964, to Webster County to operate the family cattle farm. Carolyn immediately went to work for the Mississippi State Board of Health. She was a public health nurse working at the Webster County Health Department for ten years and went on to eventually to become the district supervising nurse for nine county health departments. Carolyn always viewed her chosen profession of nursing as a calling by the Lord. She thoroughly enjoyed her thirty years of service with the MS State Board of Health. Her family often heard her say, "I always enjoyed going to work and looked forward to it.” Carolyn had a heart of servitude, she gave of herself, and never expected anything in return. Carolyn’s legacy is that of a Christian woman who had a yearning for drawing closer and closer to God even until her last breath. As a nurse she had compassion and love for all. Having a servant heart, her entire life was about service to others. However, her greatest source of pride was her family. Carolyn instilled the importance of family to her four children and her grandchildren. She and James built a strong foundation of strength and love for their family. They were married for fifty-seven years. Nothing delighted Carolyn more than having the entire family together. She was the proud and loving mother of daughter Patti Pogue Swindle (Wade) of Eupora; her sons, Bobby (Karen), Matt (Linda), and Lance (Dixie) all of Eupora; her grandchildren, David Pogue of Eupora, Jamie Swindle Walker (Steve) of Mantee, John Swindle (Chastity) of Eupora, Lee Swindle (Meredith) of Madison, Daniel Pogue (Catey), Jennifer Swindle Smith (Bruce), Luke Pogue (Lauren), all of Eupora, Maggie Pogue Ballard (Nick) of Starkville, Chet Pogue, Tyler Pogue, and Meleah Pogue, all of Eupora; her great-grandchildren, Carson, Connor, and Nealy Swindle, Corrine and Patrick Walker, Gracie and Eian Pogue, Kerilynn Oglesby and Scott Pogue, Jayden, Patton, and Charlotte Ballard, Carter, Logan, and Hannah Pogue. Carolyn also leaves her loving brother, Thomas (Tom) C. Carter III of Longview, Washington. She is preceded in death by her husband, James C. Pogue; and her parents Thomas C. Carter, Jr. and Bernice Knoblock Carter. Carolyn was a member of Calvary Chapel in Eupora. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements. A Private Family Graveside service will be Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 2:00, at Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County. Bobby Pogue and Luke Pogue will officiate the service. In the words of Jodi Picoult, "My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” "She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 Pallbearers are grandsons, David Pogue, John Swindle, Lee Swindle, Daniel Pogue, Luke Pogue, Chet Pogue, and Tyler Pogue
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