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Gerald Esco Carden, 92, Lake City, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

Gerald was born Jan. 29, 1931, in Coal Creek to James and Edna Viles Carden. He served in the Korean War and was a proud Veteran of the United States Army. After his time in the military, Gerald worked at the Y12 National Security Complex. Gerald was of the Baptist faith and a long-time member of Clear Branch Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and at one time, Choir Director. Gerald loved hunting and fishing when he was able to.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, James and Edna Viles Carden; wife, Jean Duff Carden; brothers, Claude, Roy, Elmo, Carl, Ralph, and Lawrence Carden; and sisters, Alene Bradley, Grace Rogers, Carrie Myers, and Lassie Massengill.

Gerald is survived by: Daughters, Linda Owen and Gordon, Pat Carden, Melissa Wilson and Gregg; brother, Glenn Carden; grandchildren, Michael Owen and Lisa, Mark Owen, Adam Wilson and Amy, Jared Wilson and Meeghan, Cobie Wilson and Abby; great-grandchildren, Marcus Owen, Andrew, Aden, Julianna, Madeleine, Bowen, Eleanor, Josiah, and Reese Wilson, Mallory and Ashlee Hood, Josh Colvin; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Clear Branch Baptist Church in his loving memory.

Visitation was from 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2023, at Clear Branch Baptist Church in Lake City.

Funeral service was at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2023, at Clear Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Norton officiating.

A graveside service was held at the Leach Cemetery following the funeral service on Sunday, May 14, 2023, with military honors presented by the Campbell County Honor Guard.