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On the morning of July 15, 2022, Carlton Rudolph Kemp, Sr. began his eternal life in Heaven.

He was born in Swainsboro, Georgia on August 20, 1933 to Kidd and Annie Mae Douglas Kemp. He spent his formative years in Metter, Georgia. He was a graduate of Pulaski High School and Armstrong Junior College.

Prior to receiving his degree in accounting, he served as a cryptographer in the U.S. Army at Fort Ritchie, Maryland. He relocated to Savannah, to begin his career as an Industrial entrepreneur. After a short time working for Bearings and Drives, he went on to build successful businesses; Bearings and Industrial Supply, Industrial Conveyor Belt Services, and Carlco Trucking.

Carlton was an active member of his community and White Bluff United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, rooting for the Braves, cheering for his grandchildrens sports teams, and having a Chick-fil-A sandwich with sweet tea.

He is survived by his devoted wife of almost 42 years, Carol Powell Kemp; sons, Michael Kemp (Debra Brook), Carlton Kemp, Jr. (Lynne); stepsons, Marion Alexander (Sarah), Barry Alexander (Traci), David Alexander (Jackie); grandchildren, Anderson Kemp (Natalie Luti), Graham Kemp (Kyler Rose), Allyson Kemp (Savannah Fritz), Megan Kemp, Stephanie Lawson (Shane), Westley Alexander (Lindsey), Ashley Cusatis (Jonathan), Jordan Gardner (Andrew), Blake Alexander (Amanda), and Delton Rushing; great-grandchildren, Katherine Cusatis, Eleanor Lawson, and Ellis Alexander; siblings, Bobby Kemp, Annette Bruner, Joyce Franklin (Ned), and Edna Brinson; several nieces and nephews and former wife, Eva Berger Kemp.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Karen Underwood Kemp and brothers, W.R. Kemp and Alton Kemp.

A celebration of Carlton’s life will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 11:00 in the morning at White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31419.

Pallbearers are Westley Alexander, Anderson Kemp, Blake Alexander, Graham Kemp, Allyson Kemp, and Megan Kemp.

The family would like to thank all the physicians and caregivers that were an integral part of Carlton’s medical care. A special recognition for Dr. Robert King, Dr. David Oliver, and Dr. Bhavesh Patel, as well as the staffs of Helping Hands and Hospice of Savannah for their compassion and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to White Bluff United Methodist Church – 11911 White Bluff Road, Savannah, Georgia 31419-1599 or Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision – 1141 Cornell Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406-2701.

Online Condolences

  1. Regina Wilson says:

    Carol, I am so sorry, you and the family are in my prayers!❤️

  2. Debbie Hughes says:

    Carol, we are so sorry. Carlton has always been special to us. Bubba and I will keep you in our prayers, and let us know if we can do anything at all.

  3. M Lisa Dean says:

    Kemp Family,

    Prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. May memories bring comfort and peace in the times ahead.


  4. Robin Johnston says:

    Carol and family,
    Mama and I were saddened to hear about Mr. Carlton’s passing. We pray that you feel God’s strength and peace during this difficult time.

  5. Boots Dixon Penfield says:

    Carol, you are in my prayers.

  6. Jimmi & Billy Taylor says:

    Sending our sincere condolences and prayers on the loss of Ruddy. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  7. Robert & Brenda Simpson says:

    Carol, our deepest sympathy to you and the family.

  8. Billy & Jennifer Kelly says:

    Carol, we are so sorry and sad to hear about Carlton’s passing. He was such a special person, and we have always loved him and you. He will be truly missed. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Tim and Kim Rigsby says:

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I know your family will be a blessing and support each other at this very sad time.

  10. Polly Bland Porter says:

    You all are in my prayers I first met Mr. Carlton at Al Kemp funeral. I introduced myself then he told that he drove trucks for my daddy. Howard Bland for a while years ago. Mr. Carlton was such a kind man that day.

  11. Adam says:

    Carrol I’m so sorry he was the greatest man he’s been family ever since

    Love Adam

  12. Steve Lewis says:

    Carol, Mike, Carl and Family, I am so sorry to learn of Carlton’s death. He was a kind and gentle man. He was so proud of his family, including grandchildren and great grandchildren. While he was in business, he always went above and beyond his obligations in an effort to give his customers what they bargained for. I know that he also helped his children and grandchildren in any way that he could. He was the epitome of hard work, fairness, and integrity. What a legacy! Steve Lewis

  13. Sharon and Danny Jenkins says:

    Dear Mrs. Carol, Marion, David and family we are so sorry to hear of Mr. Carlton’s passing. He was such a friendly and nice person. A delight to talk to every time we saw him. We know he will be missed by your family.

  14. Kathleen Wendelken says:

    Carlton was such a sweet and accepting soul. His kindness and warmth will be missed. May all your sweet memories comfort you all.

  15. Suzanne Ingram says:

    Michael,Debra and Kemp family so sorry for the passing of your father.

  16. Sherry says:

    “Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”
    ~ Thomas Moore 1779 – 1852 ~

  17. Jay Haynes says:

    My condolences to the family. Carlton was a wonderful and kind man to do business with.

  18. Alissa and Steve Smith says:

    Dear Carol,

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. We have such fond memories of Carlton. It was such a blessing being able to share several years with you and Carlton as neighbors. Our children have wonderful memories as well. Prayers coming to you and your family for peace. Hugs to you as well.

    Love, Alissa, Steve, Elizabeth and Matthew

  19. Pam Graham says:


    I was so sorry to hear about Carlton. He was a special man and I always admired the love and marriage you two shared. ❤️

  20. Joby and Joyce Rowell says:

    So sorry for your loss, love and prayers to all!

  21. John Haney says:

    Carol and family,
    Do know that we are praying for you. I thought the world of Carlton. I always felt his love and support. He would always say to me after every service, “You do great work.” I will ever be grateful for his Christian faith and his Christian witness.

  22. Jean & James Crooms says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with this family. Friends of Edna ,Annette, Joyce, Bobby and Al. From Metter, Ga.

  23. Billy Tedder says:

    I worked with Mr. Kemp at Bearings & Drives, always had the greatest respect for his ability and honesty as a person. Sorry he is gone, I know he will be missed by his family and loved ones.

  24. Jennifer Wright says:

    Mike and Dr. Kemp,

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I am thinking of you and your family and praying that God will bring you comfort and peace.

  25. Vickie Scott says:

    The staff at Vickie’s Helping Hands offer our deepest condolences to the family you all are in our prayers

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