William “Bill Joe” Carawan

January 11, 1933 - May 18, 2022
William “Bill Joe” Carawan

Mr. William Joseph “Bill Joe” Carawan age 89, a resident of Biggs Rd, Pinetown passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at his home.

The family will receive friends at his home, 1391 Biggs Rd Pinetown NC.   There will be no funeral services.   The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Bill Joe was born on January 11, 1933.  He was the son of the late Julias Howell Carawan and the late Olivia Williamson Carawan.  He graduated from Hobucken High School in 1951.  In April 1956 he married the love of his life, Elna Virginia Jordan who preceded him in death in February of 2019.  He served in the US Coast Guard for 20 years, (1951 to 1971) retiring as a Senior Chief Engineman.  He was stationed in various places all the way from Alexandria, VA to Libya (1 year).  He finally retired in 1971 and he and his family settled in Pinetown, NC.  After he retired he worked for a small amount of time at Hamilton Beach until he obtained a position as an electrician at Texasgulf in 1974.   He worked his way up to Maintenance Forman for the tank farm area of the Phosphoric Acid Plant and retired with 17 years of service.  Bill Joe loved to fish, travel, spend time with his family and come up with all kinds of contraptions in his mind to build.  He even built his very own air car and it actually ran.  He was a member of the Belhaven Masonic Lodge #509, St. Clair’s Church of Christ where he served as a Deacon and his most important job being a wonderful husband and father to his wife and children.

Surviving are his children: Randy Joe Carawan, Sr. (Sylvia) of Pinetown, NC; Ricky Lane Carawan of Belhaven, NC; Debra Sue Adams and Elna Carawan Lewis (David) both of Bath. NC;  Bill Joe was blessed with 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister: Gloria Carawan Guzman of Charlotte, NC; one sister-in-law: Jane Jordan Harris of Washington, NC and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Pinetown EMS and Pinetown Fire Department, 7262 N Boyd Rd, Pinetown, NC  27865.

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  • May 23, 2022
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  • May 22, 2022
    Ricky Godley says:
    Mr. Bill was a fine man. He did me a tremendous favor for allowing me to use his boat ramp for 19 years. I really appreciate the kindness he showed me.

  • May 20, 2022
    Marianna Jackson says:
    I'm sorry to see of Bill Joe's passing. My prayers for the family.

  • May 20, 2022
    Alan and Sherry Correll says:
    Elna and Debra, I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you both. Your Dad was a special man and a delight to be around. He always made you smile. May God’s love surround you now as you mourn and celebrate a great father and a life well lived. Love you!

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    Glenn & Marsha Roper says:
    So sorry to learn of Bill Joe's passing 😢 He was a friend who visited in our home. He will surely be missed.

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  • May 19, 2022
    John Carrow says:
    Sorry for the loss of Mr. Bill

  • May 19, 2022
    Tammy and Harris Alligood says:
    May God comfort your family

  • May 19, 2022
    Jan Mewborn says:
    Rest in peace Mr . Bill. You and Mrs. ELNA RAISED A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND LIVED LIFE WELL. YOU SET SO MANY GREAT EXAMPLES FOR ALL THAT KNEW YOU! YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE COULD ALWAYS ADMIRE AND RESPECT YOU. I AM SURE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CAN SAY WELL DONE BILL CARAWAN, WELL DONE INDEED!