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Celebrating the life of
Col. Carl C. Poythress, Jr.
August 05, 1934 - July 08, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Visitation
  • 10:00-11:30 am - Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church
  • 590 Walthour Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-897-5725
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:30am - Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church
  • 590 Walthour Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-897-5725
  • Interment
  • - Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 300 Greenwich Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

We were so sorry to hear of his passing. I worked for him at the CRTC and remember one night going in to meet an aircraft. The aircraft commander, a senior Colonel, asked me if "Col Poythress was still the commander". I told him "yes" and he paused for in minute and said "What a gentleman". He hit the nail on the head-- above all I will remember "CC" as a true gentleman.

Pat and Susan Welch, Burke, Va

Carl was the epitome of The Citadel Man, an absolute gentleman. He will truly be missed. Praying for the family during this tough time. Brian '96

Brian Baraniak, Richmond Hill, GA

Prayers for the family.

James Woods, Savannah, GA

In Loving memory to your Dad Carl ,He was a credit to the uniform.

GEORGE SCUORZO ,USCGAUX,10-2, RICHMOND HILL, GA

Allison and I are praying for your family in this time of loss. We hope that your grieving will be assuaged through the knowledge that your father was not only a man of the highest integrity, but a Christian who shared a tremendously powerful relationship with our Lord God. A true Gentleman in every way, his character continues to serve as that by which I measure myself. Knowing him was an honor, and a privilege that I will hold in my heart. Godspeed home to Mrs. Vivian Col. Poythress! Warmest Regards,

Jim Lynes, Savannah, GA

Carl was a special Citadel man to me and I enjoyed our times at the various Citadel functions. Condolences to the family. Carl will be missed.

Rusty Holt, Savannag, GA

I had the honor of Carl's friendship through the Savannah Citadel Club. He was an outstanding man- a true gentleman. Rest in peace, my friend... God speed, sir. P. Meyer, Jr. '71

Paul E. Meyer, Jr., Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear of The Col's passing. My husband Ronald Allen served with him when it was the CRTC We have such fond memories of your mother and dad My husband passed away March 5,2019 he was just a year younger. God be with you and your family.

June L Allen, Springfield, GA

Kim, so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great friend and neighbor. We always had a great time at our oyster roasts. We have lost so many of the old heads of the island. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Linda & Ernie Sessoms, Wilmington Island, Georgia

It was a great privilege and an honor to have met Colonel Poythress when I was a member of the Georgia Air National Guard 283rd CCSQ and shortly after his retirement, as a new member of the Combat Readiness Training Center. “Colonel P” help me organize the First CRTC Charity Golf Tournament for the Georgia Guard Family Support Foundation (it didn’t hurt that his team finished in first place). His insight and mentorship made the event an overwhelming success, all to benefit many members of his extended Guard Family. A true southern gentlemen, he always seem to give more of himself than he ever expected of others. To my golfing friend, fairways and birdies sir!

Tim Mehlhorn, Richmond Hill, Ga

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a fine man. I hope your many wonderful memories will comfort you during this sad time. Lifting you up in prayer.

Leslie Ducey, Savannah, Ga

My wife, Cecilia (Pete) joins me in offering or Condolences to all of you. I have only met a few of you but we knew Carl for over 30 years. Carl and I met first on a fishing tournament with the Savannah Sport Fishing Club. He was one of my sponsors when I joined. I also served with him In the USCG Auxiliary. I must say that Carl was a man that I admired from our first meeting. It is difficult to state what I thought of him except to say that he was a true Gentleman As a leader and a fisherman his enjoyment of everything, he did impress me. His sincerity and willingness to help were always present. With Buck Buckhaults and Arthur Hay, we made a great fishing team. Hopefully, I have not rambled on too long. You are in my prayers, Kindest Regards, Richard

Richard DeBorde, Savannah, GA

His warmth and human caring were most needed by me, a new comer to Savannah, GA in 2016...our association in the USCGAUX will be forever remembered. Carl was a true gentleman and mentor to me. He will be missed.

Joyce E Bellfield & son, Stephen 2, Savannah, GA

Col. Poythress was my first commander as a member of the PFTS. It was an honor and privilege for me to have had the opportunity to serve under him from 1977 until his retirement. May God bless his family. He will surely be missed.

Stephen Mixon, MSgt, Ret., Savannah, Ga

It hurts so much to lose my Brother-In-Law. I've never know anyone more caring and had a Big Heart. such a Southern Gentleman. I'm going to miss him more than ever. Our family vacations were mostly with Carl & Vivian Kim & Sandy at their home.. He didn't go alone, He took a part of our hearts with him. Love, Panky

Panky/ Fran Russell, San Antonio, tx

A fine officer and a great man. Col Poythress led the Savannah CRTC through its first major transformation and prepared it for the twenty-first century. I did not serve under his command, having arrived at the CRTC only days after his retirement. His name was still spoken at the CRTC well beyond a decade after his retirement and I never once heard anything negative said about the man or his leadership. Rest well, Sir. It was an honor to have met you.

Bill Gaskin, Springfield, GA

A true Gentleman and willing friend in every thing he did. Sleep in peace for a lifetime of service.

Don & Denise Funderburk, SAVANNAH, Georgia

I was proud to be both a friend and crew for Carl. Excellent boat handling skills and eager to help anyone. He was the first Auxiliary member to offer his vessel for Offshore USCG Auxiliary patrols, for which I will always be grateful to be invited on board as crew. His was the last vessel to inspect all of District 10's Offshore Private Aids To Navigation, until the USCG inspection in 2019.

Don & Denise Funderburk, SAVANNAH, Georgia

Kim, we are going to miss our friend more than we can express

Bob and Bunny OUTLAW, SAVANNAH, Georgia

A real gentleman and a class act. He represented his country and military well/

Bobby J. Bailey, Savannah, GA

Kim, your father was the finest man I’ve ever known; we all will miss him. I pray that over time the pain of his loss will fade a little and that you will just be left with happy memories of him. God bless you and your family.

Bill Bryan , Greensboro , Ga

A great man and a dear friend

Bill Mills, Sylvania, GA

The Colonel was a fine man and loved and respected by all who knew him. God bless your family during your time of loss.

Dickey & Jennie Best, Savannah, GA

The BEST creek neighbors anyone could ever want. He and Viv were the first folks we met across the water over twenty years ago. A true American gentleman. God bless him and his family.

Veva and Donnie Shuman, Wilmington Island , GA

Col. Carl C. Poythress, Jr., 84, died Monday, July 8, 2019.

He was born August 5, 1934 in Newington, Ga. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian F. Poythress, his oldest daughter, Sandra Poythress Harvey and his parents, Carl C. Poythress and Beatrice Proctor Poythress.

He graduated from Screven County High School, Sylvania, Ga. on June 1952. There he lettered in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He was also elected Vice President of his class as well as being voted “Mr. Screven County High School” his senior year.

Carl graduated from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. June 1956 with a BS degree in Pre-med and a commission in the USAF. While at The Citadel, he lettered in baseball, sang in the Citadel Choir and was a member of the elite drill team, The Summerall Guards.

He entered the Air Force at Lackland AFB, Texas in Sept. 1956 and completed navigation training at Harlington AFB, Texas in Sept. 1957. It was there he met his wife, Vivian F. DeLaFuente. They were married 2 Nov. 1957 in the Base Chapel at Charleston AFB, S.C.

His first operational assignment was with the 17th Air Transport Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C. flying the C-54G and later the C-124C aircraft. While at Charleston, he was temporarily assigned to the 2nd MATS Air Transport Squadron (PROV), Chateauroux AB, France and flew several missions to the Republic of Congo during the Congo crisis in August of 1960.

He was released from active duty in Nov. 1960 and moved to Savannah, Ga., where he worked for Ayrest Laboratories as a pharmaceutical representative.

In May 1962, he joined the 165 TAG, GaANG as an Air Technician (Navigation Training Instructor). While in the 165th, he held several positions such as squadron Chief Navigator, Group Standardization Navigator and Squadron Scheduling Officer. He was a Master Navigator with over 9800 flying hours. While in the 165th, he flew many cargo missions to various bases through the world, including military bases in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

In July 1974, he was assigned as Commander of The ANG Combat Readiness Training Center, (then The Permanent Field Training Site). During his tour as Commander, many improvements were made to the CRTC including the reopening and upgrading of The Townsend Bombing Range, as well as, the installation of the air to air combat training system.

He retired 31 October 1992, with over 34 year’s military service. At that time, he was promoted to Brigadier General in The Georgia National Guard. He received many military awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal.

He was very active in several military and civilian organizations. He was President of The National Guard Association of Georgia, President of The Sav. Association of Flying Air National Guardsmen, a member of The Kiwanis Club of Savannah, as well as, a member of The Savannah Sport Fishing Club. He was also one of the five founding members of The Ga. National Guard Insurance Trust and also a founding member of The Saint David’s Society of Savannah. In addition, he was a member of the MOWW, the MOAA, the American Legion and The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

One of his favorite organizations and the one that he participated in the most was The Coast Guard Auxiliary. He served in most of the staff positions of the Savannah Flotilla 10-02 including Flotilla Commander. He spent many hours on the water in his boat performing safety patrols and SAR missions for the USCG.

Fishing, boating and golf were his main hobbies in retirement. He was a member of The Wilmington Club and very much enjoyed playing in the golf blitz on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week.

He also loved cruising in his boat with his wife, Vivian. Nearly every year, they would travel in their boat to St. Augustine, Fl. for several days as well as taking weekend trips to Hilton Head and Beaufort, S.C. They also cruised to The Bahamas and Key West, Fl.

Carl was an active member of St. Francis Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry, the building committee, and the long-range planning committee.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Garcia, and her husband Angel, and his grandson, Angel, III.

The visitation will be on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parrish Hall of St. Francis of the Island’s Episcopal Church followed by the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. in the church. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church, 590 Walthour Road, Savannah, Ga., 31410 or The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, S.C. 29409.

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We were so sorry to hear of his passing. I worked for him at the CRTC and remember one night going in to meet an aircraft. The aircraft commander, a senior Colonel, asked me if "Col Poythress was still the commander". I told him "yes" and he paused for in minute and said "What a gentleman". He hit the nail on the head-- above all I will remember "CC" as a true gentleman.

Pat and Susan Welch, Burke, Va

Carl was the epitome of The Citadel Man, an absolute gentleman. He will truly be missed. Praying for the family during this tough time. Brian '96

Brian Baraniak, Richmond Hill, GA

Prayers for the family.

James Woods, Savannah, GA

In Loving memory to your Dad Carl ,He was a credit to the uniform.

GEORGE SCUORZO ,USCGAUX,10-2, RICHMOND HILL, GA

Allison and I are praying for your family in this time of loss. We hope that your grieving will be assuaged through the knowledge that your father was not only a man of the highest integrity, but a Christian who shared a tremendously powerful relationship with our Lord God. A true Gentleman in every way, his character continues to serve as that by which I measure myself. Knowing him was an honor, and a privilege that I will hold in my heart. Godspeed home to Mrs. Vivian Col. Poythress! Warmest Regards,

Jim Lynes, Savannah, GA

Carl was a special Citadel man to me and I enjoyed our times at the various Citadel functions. Condolences to the family. Carl will be missed.

Rusty Holt, Savannag, GA

I had the honor of Carl's friendship through the Savannah Citadel Club. He was an outstanding man- a true gentleman. Rest in peace, my friend... God speed, sir. P. Meyer, Jr. '71

Paul E. Meyer, Jr., Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear of The Col's passing. My husband Ronald Allen served with him when it was the CRTC We have such fond memories of your mother and dad My husband passed away March 5,2019 he was just a year younger. God be with you and your family.

June L Allen, Springfield, GA

Kim, so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great friend and neighbor. We always had a great time at our oyster roasts. We have lost so many of the old heads of the island. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Linda & Ernie Sessoms, Wilmington Island, Georgia

It was a great privilege and an honor to have met Colonel Poythress when I was a member of the Georgia Air National Guard 283rd CCSQ and shortly after his retirement, as a new member of the Combat Readiness Training Center. “Colonel P” help me organize the First CRTC Charity Golf Tournament for the Georgia Guard Family Support Foundation (it didn’t hurt that his team finished in first place). His insight and mentorship made the event an overwhelming success, all to benefit many members of his extended Guard Family. A true southern gentlemen, he always seem to give more of himself than he ever expected of others. To my golfing friend, fairways and birdies sir!

Tim Mehlhorn, Richmond Hill, Ga

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a fine man. I hope your many wonderful memories will comfort you during this sad time. Lifting you up in prayer.

Leslie Ducey, Savannah, Ga

My wife, Cecilia (Pete) joins me in offering or Condolences to all of you. I have only met a few of you but we knew Carl for over 30 years. Carl and I met first on a fishing tournament with the Savannah Sport Fishing Club. He was one of my sponsors when I joined. I also served with him In the USCG Auxiliary. I must say that Carl was a man that I admired from our first meeting. It is difficult to state what I thought of him except to say that he was a true Gentleman As a leader and a fisherman his enjoyment of everything, he did impress me. His sincerity and willingness to help were always present. With Buck Buckhaults and Arthur Hay, we made a great fishing team. Hopefully, I have not rambled on too long. You are in my prayers, Kindest Regards, Richard

Richard DeBorde, Savannah, GA

His warmth and human caring were most needed by me, a new comer to Savannah, GA in 2016...our association in the USCGAUX will be forever remembered. Carl was a true gentleman and mentor to me. He will be missed.

Joyce E Bellfield & son, Stephen 2, Savannah, GA

Col. Poythress was my first commander as a member of the PFTS. It was an honor and privilege for me to have had the opportunity to serve under him from 1977 until his retirement. May God bless his family. He will surely be missed.

Stephen Mixon, MSgt, Ret., Savannah, Ga

It hurts so much to lose my Brother-In-Law. I've never know anyone more caring and had a Big Heart. such a Southern Gentleman. I'm going to miss him more than ever. Our family vacations were mostly with Carl & Vivian Kim & Sandy at their home.. He didn't go alone, He took a part of our hearts with him. Love, Panky

Panky/ Fran Russell, San Antonio, tx

A fine officer and a great man. Col Poythress led the Savannah CRTC through its first major transformation and prepared it for the twenty-first century. I did not serve under his command, having arrived at the CRTC only days after his retirement. His name was still spoken at the CRTC well beyond a decade after his retirement and I never once heard anything negative said about the man or his leadership. Rest well, Sir. It was an honor to have met you.

Bill Gaskin, Springfield, GA

A true Gentleman and willing friend in every thing he did. Sleep in peace for a lifetime of service.

Don & Denise Funderburk, SAVANNAH, Georgia

I was proud to be both a friend and crew for Carl. Excellent boat handling skills and eager to help anyone. He was the first Auxiliary member to offer his vessel for Offshore USCG Auxiliary patrols, for which I will always be grateful to be invited on board as crew. His was the last vessel to inspect all of District 10's Offshore Private Aids To Navigation, until the USCG inspection in 2019.

Don & Denise Funderburk, SAVANNAH, Georgia

Kim, we are going to miss our friend more than we can express

Bob and Bunny OUTLAW, SAVANNAH, Georgia

A real gentleman and a class act. He represented his country and military well/

Bobby J. Bailey, Savannah, GA

Kim, your father was the finest man I’ve ever known; we all will miss him. I pray that over time the pain of his loss will fade a little and that you will just be left with happy memories of him. God bless you and your family.

Bill Bryan , Greensboro , Ga

Candle tribute lit by CHERYL CLAY — Georgia

A great man and a dear friend

Bill Mills, Sylvania, GA

The Colonel was a fine man and loved and respected by all who knew him. God bless your family during your time of loss.

Dickey & Jennie Best, Savannah, GA

The BEST creek neighbors anyone could ever want. He and Viv were the first folks we met across the water over twenty years ago. A true American gentleman. God bless him and his family.

Veva and Donnie Shuman, Wilmington Island , GA


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