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Pastor Jim Carlton
25-year Manteca resident
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Pastor Jim Carlton, 73, met his heavenly Father face to face on June 13, 2009. He was born on December 1, 1935 in Reedley, California to the late Mr. and Mrs. J.D. and Freda Carlton. He was a resident of Manteca for the past 25 years.

Mr. Carlton’s love for his family was beyond what words could describe. He was truly a family man. His love of his life was his wife of 52 years Phyllis Carlton of Manteca. He was a proud father to Sherry Gumm and husband Jack of Manteca, Jim Carlton Jr. and wife Tammy of Denver, Colorado. He was blessed by 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren (grandchildren) David and wife Tara Gumm, Jennifer and husband Jared Mullings, Rory Carlton, Rudy Carlton and Raimey Carlton (great-grandchildren) Jack, Sophia and Faith. In addition he was survived by 3 brothers; Philip Carlton of Santa Cruz, Donald Carlton of Morgan Hill and Norman Carlton of Sonora.

Pastor Carlton graduated from Bethany Bible College in Scotts Valley California, where he was ordained in 1957. He recently was honored through the Assemblies of God for 50 years of ministerial service.   In his pastoral career, Pastor Carlton ministered in many churches in California including local churches; First Assembly of God, Neighborhood Church of Modesto and currently Cornerstone Community Church of Manteca. Pastor Carlton and his wife joined the staff at Cornerstone in 2007.

While at Cornerstone, Pastor C. showed his love and servant-like heart every Sunday morning greeting or hugging each and every church attendee and new comer as they entered into God’s building. He was very much known as the Hugger of the church.  Pastor Carlton touched many lives through his passion of music. He traveled around the United States in a worship team quartet as well as an evangelistic team. He was known to many for his relationships with people around the world as well as his own community. His love for people was shown through visiting, caring and meeting the needs of others no matter the sacrifice, Jim was always there.

During Jim’s pastoral career he led “Evangelistic Explosion.” This team was exclusively for finding lost souls to show them God’s love, through hope, faith, and perseverance. Pastor Carlton led many people to Jesus as well as made many unforgotten relationships. Pastor Carlton was a true prayer warrior. His altar ministries were a way to help others become a warrior for Jesus as well as pray for others in desperate need of hope. Pastor Carlton was truly a strong positive influence on others through prayer, marriage and family as well as being a man of God.  

Jim definitely enjoyed his reputation for being “a manly man” He loved camping, fishing motorcycle riding and just being outdoors. He was extremely talented at fixing anything.  His unique sense of humor and his amazing personality never went unnoticed.

Rev. Carlton’s services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. Visitation will be held on Friday June 19, 2009 at 1 to 5 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Road, Manteca. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Community Church 17900 Comconex Road, Manteca. Final resting place will be at Park View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Cornerstone Community Church C/O Africa Church Building Fund 17900 Comconex Road, Manteca.  To send a special message to the Carlton family please visit their on-line guest book at  
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, June 19, 2009