Born April 5, 1948, in Kennett, son of the late Raymond and Ann Carson, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in Vietnam, and a member of the Hope and Glory Church in Kennett.
On April 28, 1968, in Paragould, Ark., he married Bessie Maxwell.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Carson, of Kennett; one son, Donald Ray Carson, Jr., of Kennett; two daughters, Ann Bost, of Senath, Mo., and April McBride, of Blytheville, Ark.; two sisters, Opal Pitts, of Hornersville, Mo., and Alice Faye Moles, of Kennett; four grandchildren, Jesse McCracken, Joey Bost, Jr., LaTasha McBride and Maegan McBride, and a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Sandra Carson; one granddaughter, Samantha Bost and brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at the Hope and Glory Church in Kennett.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery at Bloomfield, Mo., with Rev. Lee Weeks and Bishop Willie Johnson officiating.
Bradshaw Funeral Home of Kennett is in charge of arrangements.