William Carleton

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Daily Press
May 23, 1998

WILLIAM CARLETON, 94, RETIRED NN ATTORNEY

William L. Carleton, retired Newport News attorney, member of the House of Delegates and city commonwealth’s attorney for more than 15 years, died Friday. He was 94.

“He was a highly respected lawyer and commonwealth’s attorney in both of these undertakings by his peers, and he was one of the public leaders of our community for many years,” said Thomas N. Downing, former congressman and fellow lawyer.

Mr. Carleton was elected in 1938 to a two-year term in the House from Newport News and Warwick County. He was commonwealth’s attorney from 1943 until 1958 and was president of the former Newport News-Warwick Bar Association.

He was an organizer of the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority and subsequently was the attorney for that agency. He was also on the committee which promoted the consolidation of Newport News and Warwick County.

As a member of First Baptist Church, he held many offices, including Sunday School superintendent and life deacon.

Mr. Carleton was a director and attorney of the former Bank of Hampton Roads for many years. He was a charter member and former president of the Newport News Lions Club and was recently awarded life membership in the International Association of Lions Clubs.

A member of Bremond Masonic Lodge No. 241 and the Scottish Rite Portsmouth Consistory, he was also a member of Sigma Nu Phi legal fraternity.

Mr. Carleton, a native of Middlesex County, attended the College of William and Mary and graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

He passed the bar exam while in college and began practice in Newport News in 1929 in the office of Capt. C.C. Berkeley, longtime commonwealth’s attorney.

Mr. Carleton is survived by his wife, Glenna Crawford Carleton; two sons and daughters-in-law, W. Randolph and Brenda J. Carleton and John Glen and Patricia Carleton; two sisters, Carolyn Rowe and Olive Proctor; and two grandchildren, Jeff Carleton and Jennie Carleton.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church by the Rev. James E. White. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church or to a favorite charity.

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