Nancy Moore Carson


August 31, 2017

Nancy Moore Carson, born in Belmont, N.C. in 1933, was the youngest of seven children born to Robert and Dolly Carson. She died in her summer home in Brevard Aug. 23, 2017. She is survived by one sister, Katherine C. Pitts; niece, Amy Pitts; nephew, Robert Pitts and his wife, Brenda, all of Raleigh, N.C .; as well as a niece, Mary Jo Wilder, of Zebulon, N.C .; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

She began her undergraduate degree at Brevard College in Brevard and completed it at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. She earned her master’s degree at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

She moved to Florida in 1957 to teach physical education at Walker Junior High School in Bradenton, in Manatee County. She was later appointed dean of girls and then assistant principal at Manatee High School.

In 1978 she was appointed the first principal of Martha B. King Middle School, the first female principal of a secondary school in Manatee County. She held that position until she retired in 1995, after 38 years of service to Manatee County schools. As a respected and dedicated educator, she was loved and supported by her students, staff and colleagues.

After retirement, she divided her time between her beloved Anna Maria Island residence and her summer home in Brevard. In each location she found pleasure and fulfillment in her volunteer activities.

She was an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, often volunteering in the Thrift Shop, the Food Bank and the service of holiday meals at the church.

In Brevard she was a member of First United Methodist Church and a faithful volunteer for SAFE, an organization that provides shelter and assistance for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and for the Transylvania Regional Hospital.

A supporter of animal welfare, she was a devoted dog owner throughout her adult life. She was also a longtime member of American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma and Manatee County Retired Educators.

She always loved sports – as a coach, a competitor and a spectator. In her early years of teaching, she coached girl’s basketball. For several years she was an avid tennis player, sometimes competing in local tournaments. As a lifelong member of the Bradenton Runner’s Club, she finished many 5K and longer runs, often winning for her age group.

Her love for golf kept her playing regularly with friends in Florida and in a golf league at Connestee Falls in Brevard. In later years she competed in the Senior Games, playing table tennis and horseshoes.

She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends in North Carolina and in Florida.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Brevard Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, her family encourages memorial donations to local causes that she supported: SAFE, Inc. of Transylvania County ( or Transylvania Regional Hospital, 260 Regional Dr., Brevard, NC 28712 (

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is serving the family.


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