James D. Carson

July 4, 1929 ~ August 1, 2020 (age 91)


James Donald Carson was born on July 4, 1929 in Sparta, IL and died on August 1, 2020 in Beaver Falls, PA. He was married to Dorothy Jane Mersereau for over 56 years; she preceded him in death on January 7, 2009. To this couple were born four children, all of whom survive him: Doug (Jerryn), Ken (Jean), Tom (Karen) and Becky (Don) Phillips. Rev. Carson is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Kirsten Bestor, Chris (Caryn), Kate (Cody) Hill, Nick, Peter (Emily), Molly (Zach) King, Beth, Scott, Erich (Ali), James, Sarah (Tim) Krappweis and Christiana Phillips. Eight great grandchildren survive, Elliot and Sam Bestor, Kit and Atticus Carson, Hudson and Holden Hill, Tyler Krappweis and Everett King.

Mr. Carson was a 1950 graduate of Geneva College, and a 1953 graduate of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He served three congregations of the Reformed Presbyterian Church: Portland, OR., Pittsburgh, PA. (Central Pittsburgh/North Hills), and Los Angeles, CA. He was on the administrative staff of Westminster Seminary California on his retirement from the pastorate.

At an early age, Mr. Carson committed his life to Jesus Christ. He trusted in the promises of the Bible, knew his sins were forgiven, and had sure hope that, at death, he had been "perfect in holiness.” Mr. Carson's desire is that in his death all glory will be given to his Savior, the Lord Jesus, together with an invitation that all who read or hear this obituary, if not already believers in Jesus, would come to know him in a personal relationship.

There will be a private family graveside service at the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery, New Galilee. In lieu of a memorial service, due to the critical medical situation in our country, please visit for a virtual eulogy by Rev. Anthony Selvaggio. Please consider posting a tribute on the website.

The family would like to thank the staff at the RP Home for the wonderful care he received and Heritage Hospice, especially Robert and Melissa, for their loving care of Dad in his final days.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the following: Geneva College, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Westminster Seminary California, Beaver County Christian School or other charities of your choice.

To God Alone Be the Glory!!

Arrangements by the Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home.

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