Homer C. Carder

Published 9:42 am Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Homer Clint Carder Jr., 91, of Columbus, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 24, 2013. He was a resident of Tryon Estates.

Mr. Carder was born in Tarrant, Ala. on March 2, l922. He was the son of Homer C. Carder and Lex Ingram Carder.

Like his father, brother and sister he graduated from Auburn University. He earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1943. He was active in the ROTC and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

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Shortly after graduation Mr. Carder joined the United States Army and served as an Air Observation pilot for the 209th Field Artillery Battalion. He saw action in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters before his discharge from active duty in 1946 as a First Lieutenant.

Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Carder joined the Monsanto Chemical Company in 1946. He had a very successful career at Monsanto, the only job he ever had, eventually retiring from that company in 1982 as a senior executive in St. Louis, Mo. He traveled the world for Monsanto advising on new plant construction, including visits to Russia and China during the midst of the Cold War.

In 1983 he moved from St. Louis to Tryon, with his wife Nadine L. “Wendy” Carder.  Mr. Carder enjoyed a passion for golf and they built a home in Red Fox Country Club adjacent to the 13th green. He had a very active retirement, working first for H & R Block, and then volunteering extensively. He was president of the American Heart Association of Polk County, a mediator in family and civil disputes, and a director in the Rotary. He served two terms as president of the Congregation of The Congregational Church UCC of Tryon. Appropriately he was awarded Tryon’s “Second Wind Hall of Fame” for his extensive volunteer efforts.