Joseph "Freddy" Carlton, 69, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in a Chattanooga hospital. He was a maintenance supervisor with Shaw Industries for over 20 years. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Cuban Blockade. Joe was a member of the V.F.W. Post #2598 and the American Legion Post #81 and was also a member and officer of the 40&8. He was a member of Stanfield Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Edna Bush Carlton; wife, Wanda Lynn Carlton; and son, Jason Brent Carlton. Survivors include his sister, Teresa Carlton Compton and husband, Dr. Richard Compton, of Summerville, Ga. and Robert Wayne Carlton and wife, Darlene, of Odessa, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with Jeff Howard and Dr. Richard Compton officiating. Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with military honors. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Carlton family guest book at fikefh.com.