Vernon Carlyle Langley, III, passed away at the age of 86 on June 30, 2012, at Heritage Medical Center in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Carlyle Langley was born on July 14, 1925 in Wilson, North Carolina to Winnie Mae Adams Langley and Vernon Carlyle Langley, Jr. He was an only child. He grew up in Williamston, North Carolina. After high school graduation, he attended Presbyterian Junior College. He joined the United States Army in 1943 and served during World War II in Normandy, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in battle near St. Lo, France.
He married Frances Elizabeth Thomas of Williamston, NC in 1948. He graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC in 1950. He taught school in Gastonia, NC. From 1952-1959 he worked for GSI (Geophysical Services Incorporated), as a draftsman and supervisor in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. In 1960, he moved from New Orleans, Louisiana to Bedford County, the home of his mother's family. He taught at Central Junior High and served as principal at Flat Creek School until 1963. That year, he was hired as the director of the Shelbyville Housing Authority, where he worked until his retirement in 1993.
He was active in the Shelbyville Lions Club for many years, and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions International Foundation. He served as a deacon and an elder at the First Presbyterian Church where he has been a member for over fifty years. He loved to play golf and was somewhat of a local celebrity after recognition in a Nashville newspaper for having accomplished five holes-in-one.
Carlyle is survived by his wife, Frances T. Langley, two daughters, Carlene Chambers (Ray) of Richardson, Texas and Maureen Garrett (Scott) of Normandy, Tennessee; four grandchildren: Brittany Lauren Chambers of Arlington, Virginia, Alexandra Elizabeth Chambers of Nashville, TN; Ross Prescott Garrett of Tullahoma, TN, and Sarah Elizabeth Garrett of Normandy.
Visitation will be Monday, July 2nd, at First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville at 10 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. Reverend Stephen Caine will officiate. Place of interment will be Willow Mount Cemetery. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to: Argie Cooper Public Library and the First Presbyterian Church.
Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.