December 9, 1948 ~ February 6, 2021

Born in: Richmond, VA
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arthur Dalton Carder, Jr., 72, passed away peacefully with family by his side, on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at AdventHealth in Hendersonville, NC, after a month-long fight with COVID.

Arthur was born December 9, 1948, in Richmond, VA, to Arthur Dalton and Dorothy (Dot) Carder. He attended the University of Georgia where he earned both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees that would be the foundation of his lifelong career. He also, and most importantly, met Maureen in Athens. They married in December of 1970 and celebrated their 50th anniversary this past year.

Loving, funny, intelligent, leader, friend, mental health advocate, goofy, kind, faithful Catholic and Knight, hard-worker, flower-lover, giver, and so many more words could be used to describe Arthur, but those he was most proud of were Husband, Father, Pa, and Buddy. His family meant everything to him, and he never missed an opportunity to make sure they felt his love.

Arthur was quick to tell anyone who would listen that he fell in love with Maureen the moment he first saw her, and they were married within the year. Pursuing his passion, helping those affected by mental illness, took the Carders from their roots in the South to the Midwest, where they raised their children. Returning to the South after their kids were grown, they retired in Asheville, NC, where they were active members at St. Barnabas Catholic Church.

Arthur is survived by his wife Maureen (nee Turner), children Emily (Joe) Stevenson, Brandon (Jenny) Carder, grandchildren Louis, McCall, Fisher, Turner, and Dalton Stevenson, Kaleb Carder, sister Gail (Bev) Butler, brother Billy (Paula) Carder as well and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Barnabas Catholic Church on Monday, February 15 at 1030am. A service and interment will take place at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta, GA in March. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Arthur’s name to a charity of your choice.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Mass: February 15, 2021 10:30 am

St Barnabas Catholic Church
109 Crescent Hill Drive
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. May God lift you all during this time of immense sadness. We are friends with Emily and Joe. We are so sorry for your losss and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers in the days, months and weeks ahead.

  2. Arthur was a hilarious friend. It was always so good to see him and laugh with him.
    He always thought about other people and was totally devoted to the welfare of others.

  3. Maureen, Emily and Brandon
    I can not tell you how sorry I am that your husband and dad passed away. (To me he will always be Buddy) He was a great big brother. I am going to miss him. I will always remember our good times growing up and when he would come home to Richmond to go to Virginia Beach. Only time will heal the pain for all of us. When I sit down this summer and eat crabs I will be having a glass of wine in his memory. Prayers for all of you.

    Love you all
    Gail, Bev

  4. Maureen, we are so sorry for your loss. Arthur was a great Grand Knight and a good friend. He truly followed God and his faith was so strong. We will miss him and our thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family. Mark and Anne Liegghio

  5. We are devastated at your loss of such a good man and our loss of a great friend! So many in the Whittier School (Iowa) have expressed their shock and sadness at this news. Joan Johnson, Karen Kompas, Pat Bryan, Lindra Bicksler, Gaylene Mangan, Mary Jo Lennen and Barb (Koons) Reed, Lorri and Eric Gettes, Sheila and Peter Gluck are sending you good thoughts through me. Barb Housenga Willoughby also expressed sincere sympathy to all of you.

  6. Maureen
    We are so saddened by Art’s passing. He was truly one in a million! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    All our love, 💘
    Jessica, Mike and Jamie Smith
    Patricia Pirich

  7. Maureen and family, Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Such great Clinton memories. We were blessed to have been able to call your family our friends. The Jackson’s – Keith and Shirleen

  8. Maureen, Emily, and Brandon: My deepest sympathy to you and your families. I have many great memories of middle school band with you two and Maureen and Art as some of the best “Band Parents” in Clinton. Hold on to the many good memories now of your dad and husband. They will help as you struggle through this sad time.

  9. Dear Maureen and Family,
    Sending sympathy to you and remembering our days at Mount St. Clare College and events held for the Clinton Mental Health Association. Just the other day, I came across some of the invitations we sent for the benefit parties. Those were wonderful times and both you and Art contributed so much to the Clinton community. So sorry for your loss.

  10. Maureen, I don’t know that you will remember me, but I worked at the mental health center when Arthur was the director there. I enjoyed working for him. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. May God richly bless you and your family during these difficult days.

  11. Maureen: Arthur was my first boss when I became a clinical social worker at the mental health center in Clinton, Iowa. He was supportive and encouraging, and taught me how to become a competent leader. I enjoyed his sense of humor immensely. Please share with your family my condolences for your loss. Arthur was one of the good ones.

  12. My condolences to Arthur’s family from a fellow Arthur in his class at George Wythe High School. We used to acknowledge that our shared first name was not the most popular or cool name to have. I remember laughing about Alfred E. Newman’s avocado plant in Mad Magazine being named Arthur with him.

    He lived a good, caring, giving life. Rest in peace, Also Arthur

    Alfred E. Newman, of Mad Magazine fame had an avocado sapling named ‘Arthur’. A year or so ago, I germinated a couple of avocado pits as well. Here are a couple of my paintings of Arthur as a sprout: Arthur’s Roots, Arthur On His Own, Checking In On Arthur, Arthur Update.

  13. I add my condolences to Arthur’s family. Like Art Ritter above, I knew Arthur from his time in Richmond. I don’t know if he ever shared stories about those times with you, but I can assure you he was a force to be reckoned with, even back then. When I informed my younger brother of his passing, my brother’s first comment was “he was something of an urban legend to guys my age”. He and I were in our high school band together. I have memories that make me laugh even today, nearly sixty years later. From what I’ve learned, Arthur had a very meaningful, impactful life as an adult. I hope it is some comfort for you to know that even as a young man those same traits were both evident and in practice. He was a good friend.


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