August 24, 1927 ~ July 1, 2020

Born in: Inglewood, CA
Resided in: Torrance, CA

On July 1, 2020, Hughes Carlton “Carl” Terry, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at the age of 92, surrounded by family. Carl was born on August 24, 1927 in Inglewood CA to Hughes Carson Terry and Emma Riddle Terry. Carl grew up close to the L.A. Coliseum, graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1945 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy, serving honorably aboard the submarines USS Catfish and USS Carbonero. He remained active in the submarine veteran community. In 1946, while still in the Navy, he met the love of his life, Joyce Augustine, on a blind date. They married in 1949 and moved to the South Bay, where they resided for 62 happy years of marriage. After graduating college (Carl was a lifelong USC Trojan) he became a 5th grade teacher in 1960. The beloved “Mr. Terry” spent the next 55 years happily molding young minds. Thirty-two of those years he taught at Caroldale Elementary in Carson and he continued substitute teaching until he was 87. With Joyce (also a teacher) as his constant companion, Carl spent countless enjoyable summers (and a couple major sabbaticals) traveling the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in their RV. They eventually flew to 49 states in their single engine Cessna, and separately flew an airplane in Hawaii, to make it all 50 states. Carl delighted in hosting all manner of parties and family gatherings, where he could always be found with a tall glass of milk and a twinkle in his eye. Carl was preceded in death by his wife Joyce, who he missed every single day, and his brother Lynden “Red”. Those in mourning include his brother Robert Joseph Terry (“Bobby”) of Youngtown AZ and children Dan Terry (Sharon) of Goleta CA, Kathy Miller (Mike) of Torrance CA, Jill Smittle (Mark) of Long Beach CA, and Sharon Terry of Torrance CA, as well as bonus family members Robert Hoy (Wendy) from Canada and now in San Diego, and Chayo Pedregon (Eddie) from Mexico and now in Pico Rivera CA. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, with whom he shared travel, adventures and lots of laughter. Interment with full military honors will be at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on August 24th which would be Carl’s 93rd birthday. A celebration of Carl’s life will be held later. Instead of flowers, check the air pressure in your tires and watch a baseball game with your loved ones; he will appreciate it. Go Dodgers and Fight On Trojans!

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  1. My condolences to Mr Terry’s family and friends. I was one of the thousands of students that Mr Terry had a profound influence on. I had the privilege of being in his 5th grade class at Caroldale Elementary in 1986-1987. That was 33 years ago, and I still think of him when I catch the score of the Dodgers game. I will always remember and take to heart his kindness and ability to connect with anyone. He was a true gentleman. He and I really connected with baseball. Not sure if he felt sorry for me being a Cubs fan, but he loved talking baseball with me. RIP, Mr. Terry. I hope you knew how much I loved and appreciated you.

  2. candle 4My deepest condolences to the family. I never met Mr. Terry himself, but I worked with his daughter, Kathy, for several years. She shared with me many stories of her early years growing up in her extended family and I have come to know Mr. Terry through her. He sounded like an incredible man and a wonderful father. Another one from the “Greatest Generation” is laid to rest.

  3. candle 7My deepest condolences to the Terry Family. I had the absolute pleasure of being one of his students at Caroldale over 30 years ago. In the years since my time at Caroldale, I have often thought of Mr. Terry and shared a few of my stories with family and friends. . One of them being the time I was able to fly his plan, that to this day is such a vivid memory, and one that many people don’t believe is true. 🙂 He had such a positive influence in my life and I hope that his children and grandchildren understand the impact he had on so many young minds. I am forever grateful that he so graciously shared some of his time with me. He was a great educator but an even better friend.

  4. candle 1Rest in peace Carl! Now you can be with your lovely wife Joyce. You were always a man of stories to share with everyone. We had fun at our family times at Odell Lake many years ago. I’ll always have fond memories (I think the summer before Joyce’s passing) when you stayed with on my property in Bend in your RV on your way home I believe from Canada.

    Love and hugs to the family.

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