Bruce Dennis Carden

Mar 24, 2013

Loving Husband and Father

WAYNESVILLE — Bruce Dennis Carden, 79, of Waynesville, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

He was born in Jackson County, May 31, 1933, to the late Floyd and Bertha Elmore Carden. Bruce was a member of Waynesville First Baptist Church and was very active in his Sunday School class. He was a lifelong learner and educator who truly loved his family. Bruce was tender hearted with a strong sense of justice. He also enjoyed wildlife and a good political debate. Bruce served honorably in the United States Air Force and received his Bachelors and two Masters degrees from Western Carolina Teachers College.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Floyd Carden, Jr., and two sisters, Mary Carden and Lenora Franklin.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Lois Buckner Carden; son, Mark Carden (Nancy), daughter, Renee Jones (Paul); two granddaughters, Jennifer Basinger and Stephanie Patterson; two great-granddaughters, Jane-Claire and Emma Basinger.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the sanctuary of Waynesville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Robert Prince officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at the Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SARGES Animal Rescue Foundation at 256 Industrial Park Dr., Waynesville, NC 28786.

The family would like to offer a word of thanks to nurses and staff at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

A message of comfort may be left to the Carden family and guest registry may be signed at

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