Joseph Russell Carson, 71, of Hixson, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Terry Shannon officiating. Inurnment will be in National Cemetery at a later date with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 165 Hamm Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405. Visit www.hamiltonfuneraloptions.com to share words of condolences to the family and view the memorial tribute. The family will receive friends from 11:30-2 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, 423-531-3975.