Raeburn Carson Llewellyn, Jr., 66, died peacefully on March 1, 2020 in Houston, Texas following a courageous battle with leukemia.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Ohman Llewellyn, his sisters Mary Rebecca Llewellyn and Patricia Lee Llewellyn (Filip Loncke), his nieces Lora Marguerite Hansel! Deel (Justin) and Rebecca Llewellyn Hansell, his great nephews Jude and Silas Deel, his sisters-in-law Sarah Ohman Madrid and Julie Ohman Gilkey (Bob), his nephew Matthew Ohman Madrid, his great nephew Paul Ohman Madrid, and numerous cousins. Carson attended St. Martin’s Episcopal School in New Orleans. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in History and from Tulane University Law School. He also received a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Tulane and, later, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rice University. Carson was truly a “renaissance man.” In addition to having four degrees in four different areas of study, he supported himself through college by being a “roustabout” on oil rigs during the summers, worked construction for a year to save up money for law school, and worked as a respiratory therapist during law school. Carson worked in New Orleans and then in Houston in oil and gas law. He threw himself into every endeavor 100% and lived his life with love, laughter, and integrity. Carson married Gail, the love of his life, in 2007 at the University of Virginia Chapel. She brought out the best in him, and he in her. She supported him in all of his many interests, particularly his devotion to family, friends, and horses. He was always smiling, always supportive and caring of others, and always had a funny story to tell. He never met a stranger and never forgot a friend. He took on a leading role in preserving the heritage of the family through the restoration of the family home in Alabama, the two-room schoolhouse on the family property, and Valley Creek Presbyterian Church. He was also an avid fan of University of Virginia, University of Alabama, and Tulane University sports, and had a life-long love of animals, specifically adopting stray cats and owning and caring for racehorses. He was much loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. A graveside service will be held at Valley Creek Church cemetery in Valley Grande, Alabama on March 7th at 2pm, immediately followed by a memorial service at Valley Creek Presbyterian Church with Dr. Cecil Williamson officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing. Honorary pallbearers are George Cook, Bill Cook, John Cook, and Justin Deel. For those of you who would like to post comments and memories of Carson, please feel free to visit carsonllew.com (password: carson). In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts and donations may be made to Valley Creek Presbyterian Church, 4715 Alabama Highway 22, Valley Grande, AL 36701, to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF.org) or to Equine Reflections, Inc. (equinereflections.org).