Carl Alton Ouzts, 86, of Maitland, FL went home to meet his Lord on Monday February 24, 2014. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brantley (Janie) Ouzts of Greenwood County, SC and is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Irene Henderson Ouzts of Maitland, FL. He is also survived by his 3 children; Barney Alton Ouzts of McCormick, SC, Shirley Ouzts Hill (Billy) of St. Cloud, FL, and Peggy Ouzts Galphin of Ninety Six and Greenwood, SC. Mr. Ouzts was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Shannon Hill Kitchen (Deeb Paul) of Fort Meyers, FL, Christen Hill Haaland (Aaron) of Winter Park, FL, the late Jordan Allen Galphin of Ninety Six, SC, Carla Camak Galphin of Ninety Six, SC and Maitland, FL, and Emily Jane Galphin, of Ninety Six and Greenwood, SC. He also had 2 great granddaughters; Sariya Deeb Kitchen of Fort Meyers, FL and Alison Blaire Haaland of Winter Park, FL. Carl is also survived by a brother, Cecil Ouzts (Sadie Mae) of Plant City, FL and two sisters; Frankie Ouzts Sharpe (Leonard) of Gilbert, SC and Miriam Ouzts Raybourn Butler (Huey), of Columbia, MS. He was predeceased by 5 siblings: Julian Ouzts, Alleene Ouzts McCormack, Monty Ouzts, Edward Ouzts and Daisy Ouzts Cuatt. Also, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mr. Ouzts proudly served his country in the US Air Force in both Japan and the Philippines. He was a fine Christian man who served God faithfully as a deacon for 60 years, in Orlando, FL, Raleigh, NC, Manassas, VA, and most recently at his beloved church, First Baptist of Maitland, where he has been a member and deacon for 41 years.
Carl Ouzts always put others before himself. He was generous, honest, hard working, spiritual, and had a unique and wonderful sense of humor. He retired from the United States Department of Agriculture, where he worked as an Analytical Statistician. He was a graduate of Clemson University, Clemson, SC and was a faithful IPTAY supporter of his Clemson Tigers alma mater and earned the title of "Golden Tiger", a distinction awarded to alumni who have been loyal for 50 years or more. He spent much of his leisure time, soaking up the Florida sunshine on numerous golf courses. He was an avid golfer and played very well, once getting an award for making a hole in one. He stood at a height of 6 foot 5 inches, and was a giant among men, however, it was his easygoing manner, love for others and his God, and his high moral standards that truly made him stand out in the crowd. He will be missed dearly by all who were blessed to know him, but we rejoice in the reality that we will one day be reunited again in Heaven. Our loss is Heaven's gain.
A memorial service was held on Saturday March 1, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Maitland.
Funeral services will be at 4:00 Thursday, March 6, 2014 at McCormick Baptist Church in McCormick, SC. Burial will follow in Overbrook Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Harley Funeral Home, Greenwood, on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Services, Winter Park, FL and Harley Funeral Home, Greenwood, SC (www.harleyfuneralhome.com) are in charge of arrangements.