Richard Alton ‘Lucky’ Carson

Published 9:05 am Monday, October 31, 2016

Mr. Richard Alton “Lucky” Carson, 76, of Mocksville, died on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016.

He was born in Mocksville on June 25, 1940 to the late Adam C. and Mary B. Chunn Carson. He attended Davie County Training School, and Kaynor Technical School in Waterbury, Conn. He was self-employed as an auto mechanic, owner of Lucky’s Speed Shop, and rental properties. He was an active member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, Mocksville, where he joined at a young age and was baptized into the Baptist faith at a pond on the Boxwood Estates, along with his cousins.  At that time New Bethel was known as Crossroads Baptist Church. He and his late brother, Johnnie A. Carson, helped their father (Adam) build the new church, presently known as the New Bethel Baptist. His father was the contractor and the church was named by his mother’s father, John Cicero Chunn.  He was a past trustee, past treasurer, past Sunday School Superintendent and teacher of the adult class, and a church Deacon, a strong advocate for the church members and never failed to say, “Everything is going to be alright.” He loved his occupation, building engines for speed and would work long hours to accomplish his goal. He was known in the drag racing world for creating engines. In 2002 he received from AMIM a Trailblazer award for “blazing the way for minorities in motor sports.” In 2012 he was inducted into Legends of The Farm Wall of Fame at Farmington Dragway. He loved Farmington Dragway, but also could be seen at major drag racing events talking to Roy Hill, the owner of Roy Hills’ Drag Racing School, or at the Atlanta Speedway talking to World Championship Driver, Warren Johnson. Few racers in the southeast did not know Lucky Carson. He was a member of the local Gideons, a Christian businessmen’s organization, Christian Drag Racers Association, and also a 32nd Degree Scottish Rites Mason.

He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Adam Lincoln Carson, Johnnie A. Carson and James Henry Cowan, and one sister, Elizabeth Chunn Feamster.

Survivors: his wife, Patricia “Pat” Peebles Carson of the home; 3 daughters, Almeader (Lee) Howard, Charlotte, Cynthia Laverne Hosch, Cooleemee, and Regina Carson, Greensboro; 4 grandchildren, Jeremy and Jarret Howard, Morgan and Tyler Carson all of Greensboro; a sister, Audrey Carson Petteway, Lexington; an uncle, Ervin Chunn, Salisbury; Ricky and Louise Hudson, Steve and Valerie Patterson, Angelia Feaster; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church in Mocksville.  The Rev. Sydney Moore Jr. officiated and burial followed in Rowan Memorial Park. The family received friends at the church 30 minutes before the service.