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Celebrating the life of

Carlton McEwan Baldwin IV

December 19, 1953 - February 19, 2024

Carlton McEwan Baldwin IV

Carlton McEwan “Mac” Baldwin IV passed away at home with his loving family surrounding him on February 19, 2024 at the age of 70 in Savannah, GA. His battle with many serious medical illnesses in recent years showed his courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, he always maintained a positive attitude and hope for the future. He was best known for his corny sense of humor, his ability to fix or make anything with his tools, and his pride as a retired Commander in the United States Navy. Anyone who asked him how he was doing was most likely told, “If I was doing any better, I’d be twins!” He was the most loving father who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially at the house on Edisto Island, SC. Mac cherished his many friendships from all walks of his life and it is so meaningful to his family that so many of those friends stayed in close touch, especially in his final years.

Mac was born on December 19, 1953 in Aiken, SC. He graduated from Aiken High School in 1972 and The Citadel in 1976 where he was in Echo Company and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also earned two Master’s degrees; a Masters in National Defense and Policy from the Naval War College and a Masters in Management from Salve Regina University while stationed in Newport, RI. Throughout his 24 years of service in the Navy, he traveled to all corners of the world and he loved sharing stories from his adventures. He served on the following ships: USS Cone, USS Wainwright, USS Santa Barbara, USS Knox, USS South Carolina, USS America, USS Yosemite, USS Macdonough, and he decommissioned the USS Fidelity. After his retirement, he served as the Military Liaison at Savannah State University. He loved advocating for active military personnel and veterans to pursue an education through the GI Bill.

Survivors include his wife Catherine Jane Baldwin; two daughters, Rachel Elizabeth Baldwin, and Annie Baldwin Keller (Drew Keller); brother Rob Cloaninger (Lori, Robert, Catherine, and Emily Cloaninger); brother Ken Baldwin; sister Martha Stapleton (Bern Stapleton, Joseph and Cameron Baynham), nieces Natalie and April Thompson and Ashton Rushing, and nephew Brantley Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carlton McEwan Baldwin III; mother, Jean Herndon Baldwin; brother John Baldwin; and sister Beth Thompson.

Mac’s family would like to thank the hospital staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Hospice Savannah for being so kind and loving to him in his final days.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 5-7pm at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors on Whitemarsh Island. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, February 28 at 11am at Grace Church of the Islands. Burial will take place at Beaufort National Cemetery on Wednesday, February 28, at 2pm.



My deepest condolences to all the Baldwin family

- Bridget Collins, Aiken, SC

My condolences to the Baldwin family

- Mike Findley, Jackson, TN

Mac, I will miss you my friend!!! Mac center left in photo Circa 1975 The Citadel

- Ken & Peggy Plummer, Echo Co Class of 76, OAK PARK, IL

My heart goes out to the Baldwin family on their loss.

- Dymond and Dottie Dempster, CID '76, Fredericksburg, VA, Fredericksburg, Virginia

I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother . Sending love and prayers to you and your family ♥️

- Cindi Black, Aiken, SC

Mac was my roommate my sophomore year at The Citadel. He was one of a kind and a great friend. My condolences. He will be missed.

- Mike and Jean Hussey, E co. 1976 The Citadel, Myrtle Beach, SC

Uncle Mac was such a blessing to me in the times that I knew him. Whether by virtue of a good story to brighten the eyes of me and my two brothers or by stern instruction on the proper use of a firearm, he will be remembered for the love he shared with us all. I also especially appreciate the additional kindness he showed me in sharing in our unique world of being left-handed shooters. Your family as a whole was such a blessing to me and mine. Thankful to have had the opportunity to know Mac.

- Josiah Van Puffelen, Birmingham, AL

Rachel and family, We are share in your grief during this time. Rachel, we love and miss you but thank God that you could be with your dad during these past months! Prayers for you all.

- Kurt and Laura Smith, Lillington, NC

My sincerest condolences to Mac's family. I have fond memories of Mac at The Citadel and later in our service in the Navy. Shortly after graduation, we attended SWO Basic in Newport. Mac had an earlier class date, so he had already found the local fishing hole. When I arrived, he took me fishing! A fun time with a great guy.

- Carl Morrison, Hampton, VA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel