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Gary Jason Carver

d. October 18, 2023

Long Beach

Gary Jason Carver, a beloved licensed boat captain who recently retired, has sadly passed away at the age of 64 in Gulfport. He was heard, seen, and felt - an extraordinary presence that left an everlasting mark on the lives of those who knew him. 

Born and raised with a strong spirit in Long Beach, Gary attended Long Beach High School and excelled in his studies. However, his true passion lay on the open waters. Gary's dream of becoming a licensed boat captain became a tangible reality as he accomplished this significant milestone - an achievement that brought him great pride throughout his life.

Gary's boisterous nature preceded him wherever he went. His vibrant voice could be heard from miles away, singing melodies that brightened the world around him. He was larger than life, making an unforgettable impression on all who crossed his path.

Family meant everything to Gary, and this sentiment radiated from him effortlessly. His unconditional love for his loved ones knew no bounds. As one of five siblings growing up with four sisters, Gary had a unique appreciation for emotional connections and cherished moments of reminiscence. Being in touch with his emotions was never a source of shame for him; instead, it was a testament to the depth of his character.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marion J. Carver; his mother in law, Frances P. Twigg; and his father in law, Bob Twigg.

Gary leaves behind a grieving yet grateful family. He is survived by his wife Paula Carver, whom he loved dearly and unconditionally throughout their time together. The loss is also mourned by his mother Mary Carver Buckley (Mark) and son Christopher Carver (Shelby), who will forever hold their memories with Gary close to their hearts.

In addition to immediate family members, Gary leaves behind four loving sisters: Gwen Killebrew (John), Gaylynn Woodard (Mike), Sheryl Holloman, and Donna LeMasters (Brian). Their bonds were forged through shared experiences and experiences unique to siblings growing up together. Though Gary is no longer present, the love and connection they shared will last for eternity.

Gary's granddaughter, Araya Carver, was undeniably the apple of his eye. He adored her, doting on her with unabashed affection and showering her with love. She brought immeasurable joy to Gary's life, and he treasured every moment spent in her presence. He also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and several friends.

The loss of Gary is not limited to immediate family members; he also leaves behind a wide circle of extended family, including aunts, uncles, cousins, and cherished friends. These individuals played significant roles in shaping Gary's life, accompanying him through adventures on land and sea. Their unity brought forth immense happiness to Gary throughout his life.

As we bid farewell to Gary Jason Carver, let us remember him for his zest for life, his infectious laughter that could brighten the darkest day, and his boundless love for family and friends. His legacy lives on through countless cherished memories that will forever be etched in our hearts.

May his spirit find tranquility as it navigates the eternal seas of existence.

A special thank you to Dr. Allison Wall and staff, all of the 4th floor at Gulfport Memorial Hospital, Oschners Hospital in New Orleans and Dr. Hans Adams.

A visitation will be Monday, October 30, 2023 at St. Thomas Catholic Church from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, with a Mass to follow at 4:00 PM.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or The Humane Society of South Mississippi.

Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is serving the family.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gary Jason Carver, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Monday, October 30, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

St. Thomas Catholic Church

720 Beach Blvd E, Long Beach, MS 39560

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Monday, October 30, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

St. Thomas Catholic Church (Long Beach)


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