Clettis Lamar Carwile: 1923-2005
April 22, 2005
Clettis Lamar Carwile died April 9, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 82.
Clettis Lamar Carwile was born Jan. 30, 1923, in El Paso, Texas, to Levi and Corinne (Coleman) Car-wile.
Carwile grad-uated from Stephen F. Aus-tin High School in 1940. Not long after graduation, he went to work for AT&T as a telegraph technician. He was reputed to be an expert with a telegraph key in his day. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October of 1942, after his older brother Cleo was killed in action aboard the cruiser USS Astoria (CAV4), during the World War II battle of Savo Island. He served his enlistment as an Aviation Electronics Technician and was honorably discharged as a petty officer first class in 1946. Carwile worked with radar extensively during his time in the Navy and helped make radar a crucial strategic tool. Not long after his discharge, he married Virginia Ann Laffler. They were married in September 1946 and subsequently had six children, sons Terry, Richard, Kenneth and Ronald, and daughters Laura (Tyler) and Kathleen. Carwile resumed his employment with AT&T after his military service. His career spanned 38 years, and he advanced from technician to a mid-level management position. He spent the entirety of his working life in telecommunications and retired from AT&T in 1979. Carwile maintained an interest in the advancement of electronics technology during his retirement. Indeed, electronics could be referred to as a life-long passion. His other interests included amateur radio, carpentry and antique automobiles.
Carwile is survived by his sister, Virginia Cotton of El Paso, Texas; sons and daughters; grandchildren; and extended family.
Carwile was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, and brothers Clayton, Cleo, Fred and Pervin.
The Samuel Havenja VFW Post 4265 laid Clettis Lamar Carwile to rest in the Craig Cemetery April 13, 2005 with military honors provided.
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