The Reverend John Carlton Southern, Jr., Class of 1972, 70, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Asheville, NC. He was preceded in death by his partner of 36 years, John Crawford. Born in Winston-Salem, NC on December 14, 1946 to the late John Carlton Southern, Sr. and Elizabeth "Lib" Nail Southern, Southern was a graduate of C. A. Erwin High School and UNC-Chapel Hill before attending General. He was ordained Deacon in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Asheville, NC on June 6, 1974 and ordained as Priest in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain, NC on June 14, 1975. Over his career, Southern served many parishes, Trinity, King's Mountain, NC, St. Andrew's, Bessemer City, NC, St. Michael's, Baton Rouge, LA and Trinity, Asheville, NC. He left full time parish work in 1998 to do Interim Ministry where he served Holy Communion, Ashe County, St. Luke's, Salisbury, NC, Good Shepherd, Cashiers, NC, St. Luke's, Boone, NC, Good Shepherd, Rocky Mount, NC and St. Luke's, Lincolnton, NC.
A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Asheville.