Christian Carden

Christian Carden

Christian Wellons Carden, 20, of 1290 Halstead Boulevard, Elizabeth City, NC passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 at Albemarle Hospital.  Born in Pasquotank County he was a printer and partner at Precision Printing.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He was an avid hunter and soccer player and loved the outdoors.  Christian, known as “The Whippersnapper” by his family, had a tremendous love of family and was a proud and devoted father.  He will be remembered for his bright smile, warm heart, wonderful spirit and kind soul.

He is survived by his father, Jesse Norman Carden, Sr., and wife Michelle of Elizabeth City, NC and his mother, Claudia Songster Carden and her finance Perry Hardison of Williamston, NC.  He is also survived by the love of his life Alexis Honeycutt of Elizabeth City, NC and their son, Noah Clark Carden, his most proud accomplishment; two sisters, Candi Christine Thomas and husband Jeff of Raleigh, NC, and Jennifer Carden Holmes and husband Tony of Wilmington, NC; five brothers, Daniel Evans and wife Oksana of Kitty Hawk, NC, Jesse Carden, Jr., of Suffolk, VA, Victor Carden and wife Crystal of Chesapeake, VA, Justine Evans and wife Shaun of Wilmington, NC and Cody Carden of Williamston, NC; and maternal grandmother Mamina of Paris, France; as well as many loved nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by a number of extended family members whom he truly loved.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Jeff Hampton officiating.  Burial will follow in New Hollywood Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at other times at the residence of his father, Jesse Carden, 107 William Drive, Elizabeth City, NC.  Flowers are welcome and donations may be made to the SPCA of Northeastern NC, PO Box 1772, Elizabeth City, NC 27906 in honor of Christian as he had a love for all animals.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Carden family.  You may express condolences to the family by visiting

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  1. Ricky Bishop

    Dear family, as parents our hearts go out to you during your loss. Our boys Benji, Kyle and Caleb loved Christian, playing soccer with him and just hanging out with him. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Ricky and Brenda Bishop

  2. Buddy and Donna Kitchen

    So sorry for your loss. Our hearts are heavy and our prayers for God’s grace and comfort are coming your way.

  3. Lourenda Godley Godfrey

    Jesse, Claudia, and all your family members – you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the wonderful memories you had with him.

  4. Stephanie

    Christian was the younger big brother I never had. I’m so great flu for the friendship we shared. My thoughts and prayers go out to Alexis, Noah, and his entire friends and family. As sad as it is that he left us so soon, it’s amazing to see how many peoples lives he touched and the positive impression he left on everybody. He helped me through so much, he was always there when you needed him. To Jesse, Claudia, Cody, and Alexis, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Let me know if there’s anything I can do!

  5. angela and dean

    Christian was a wonerful young man he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends.

  6. Donna Coley Strickland

    Your family love and all your wonderful memories of Christian will help you get through this difficult time. Prayers for strength, comfor and peace for all of you.

  7. Bobbi White

    Jesse, Claudia and family-
    We are so very sorry for the loss of your son. No parent should ever have to experience such a tragedy. We know your hearts are breaking. Rely on your faith and He will see you through.You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bobbi, Wayne, Matthew and Zac White

  8. Dona Yunker

    My heart is heavy, and I share in the sorrow along with my granddaughters, Shelby and Abby White. Prayers and condolences to the family, and may Christian be forever at peace with God.

  9. Tommy & Rayna Brite

    We are sorry for the loss you and your family are going through. If we can help in any way please let us know.

  10. Dallas (James) Lane

    Jesse, Claudia and family…you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and guide you during this difficult time.

  11. Miranda Crump

    I never would have thought that Christian woud be gone so young, he was such a great man and a great friend to anybody whenever they needed it. I wish he could have known how much everybody cared about him and how special he was. You will be missed Christian. I’ll see you in later days buddy.
    Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers, i’m so sorry for your loss.
    You’re safe at home now, looking down on all of us.

  12. Larry & Cathy Albertson

    Jesse, Claudia and family – Our hearts are heavy with grief and we are still numb after hearing the tragic news about Christian. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and if we can help any any way, please let us know. Take care.

  13. Larry & Cathy Albertson

    Jesse, Claudia and family – We are still shocked and our hearts heavy after hearing the tragic news of Christian. He was a special young man and his bright smile and big personality will certainly be missed. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Larry,Cathy, Christopher and Kyle Albertson

  14. Deborah & Keith Glass

    Our hearts are heavy and we’re so sorry for your loss. Christian will be missed by many. Our prayers are with the entire family. May GOD comfort you and give you peace.

  15. Albemarle Hospital ER

    we want you to know that we are so sorry for your loss and we are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers..

  16. Pam Mathews

    Claudia, Jesse and family – My heart goes out to you during this time. Please know that you are and will be in my thoughts now and in the days and months ahead.
    I wish you peace.

  17. Randy & Yvette Jones

    Jesse we are so sorry for the loss of your son. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  18. Ronda Bannow

    Claudia, Jesse and family, words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about Christian. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.

  19. Jamie Greenawalt

    Claudia and family,

    Words just can’t express the depth of loss, We as parents should never have to see our own children pass before us. If you need anything all you have to do is ask. my heart aches for you and I am sending all my love your way.

  20. June and Larry Melvin

    Jesse, my heart goes out to you and your family. This has to so hard when he was so young. May God keep you strong and lift you up in prayer. I will thinking of you and your family with prayers.

  21. Warren and Debbie White

    Jesse , Claudia, Cody, Warren and I were heartbroken to hear about Christian. He was such a fine young man. I will always remember he and Cody coming to the store and giving me hugs. God bless you all.

  22. Holly Collins

    Jesse, Claudia and family my heart is heavy. I am thinking of you all. May you find peace in the midst of tragedy.

  23. Juanita Coley

    Jesse, Claudia, Candice, Jennifer and Cody,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you in this tragic loss. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
    I will be thinking of all of you.

  24. Molly Brite

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you, may our Lord give you strength and comfort through HIS love and grace.

  25. Becqui (Myers) Masters

    I am just crushed to hear the sad news. I will always remember those sweet puppy dog brown eyes and that beautiful smile from kindergarten. May the Lord bless you all and comfort you in this time.

  26. kim meads

    We are sorry for your loss. We send our condolences. We are keeping all of the family in our prayers. Sincerely, Jeff and Kim Meads and Family.

  27. Beverly Sutton

    Claudia, Jesse and Family,

    There are no words adequate to express how sorry I am for your loss. I pray that you will find peace and healing. I hold you all close in thought and prayer.

    Beverly Sutton & Family

  28. Eddie and Sharon Brinson

    Jesse and Claudia,
    We are so very sorry for your loss.This has to be an unbearable grief to lose your son.We pray you find comfort in our LORD and SAVIOR. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  29. Norman Watts

    Jessie and Claudia
    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. You are dealing with something no parent should have to do. I wish both of you strength to deal with your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. Take Care

  30. Martha Hoppe

    God bless you all. Grateful for what time we have and grateful to have known this young man.

  31. Sharon Dunstan

    Jessie, Claudia, Cody, Alexis and family,
    We send you our deepest sympathy. Can’t imagine what you must be feeling and how sad you are. We pray God be with you during this very difficult time and give you the strength to deal with this difficult loss. We pray for each one you. May God bless you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dunstan Family

  32. Milton and Beth Tadlock

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your son. My heart goes out to you now and the long days ahead.

  33. Lisa Johnson Sawyer

    Jesse,Michelle,Alexis,Claudia and all family,
    My heart was deepened with sadness upon this news. Keeping you all in my prayers for peace that passes all understanding. Much love…

  34. Forrest Dunstan

    It’s hard to believe that Christian is gone and at such a young age. He was great person who was always fun to be around, there was never dull moment when you were with him. This is really sad and I am sorry for y’all’s lose and I know this is gonna be really hard on Cody, you all will be in my prayers.

  35. Rosemary McDonnell

    Claudia and Jesse

    If I could find the words to express my sadness at the news of this terrible loss I would pass them on to you now. I simply cannot articulate the sincere sympathy I feel for you both as loving Parents. Christian was a beautiful boy. The McDonnell family will remember him always as charming, funny and loaded with personality. He made us laugh. I can only pray that your family find the strength and peace that you need to get through this. We are all thinking of you and remembering Christian with smiles and good thoughts.

  36. Rhonda & Jesse Wood

    Jesse & Family , Very sorry to learn of your loss . Thoughts & Prayers are with you all .

    With our Sympathy,
    Jesse & Rhonda Wood

  37. Sherry, Morgan & Spencer Murray

    We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this time.

  38. Anita and Van Johnson

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Christian’s family. Our son, Van Jr, always enjoyed playing soccer with (and against) Christian, and we saw him grow up through the years.

    With deepest and heartfelt sympathy,
    Van & Anita Johnson

  39. Nancy & Bill Cason

    A parent can suffer no greater loss than that of a child. Words are so inadequate. In time the Lord WILL grant you peace.

    We are deeply saddened by your family’s loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

  40. Joseph & Allyn Thomas

    We are family, for what happens to you happens to us.We will hold your hand for we have been where you are at.
    We are here for what ever need you have or will have. May we all find peace. Know you are loved and treasured. In laws in name and heart. Joe and Allyn Thomas

  41. Kimberly Snow

    I am so heartbroken. I pray for The Lord to give you strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead. Much love to you all.

  42. Van Johnson Jr.

    I have been praying for you all. Christian was always a great friend and I enjoyed growing up playing soccer with him. I am sorry for your loss and I truly cannot imagine what you are going through. It’s hard to believe that God is good but I believe that He still is. I pray that God will comfort you through this hard time. I love you all.



  44. Leslie Baisch Martin

    I am so sorry for for your loss. Jesse, You and all of your Family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely, Leslie

  45. Betsy White

    So sorry to hear of your tragic loss of Christian. His beautiful eyes and endearing smile will be remembered always. Thinking of you all during this most difficult time.

  46. Peggy Corbell Langley

    Jesse & Claudia,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Peace Be With You.
    Peggy Corbell Langley

  47. Pat Dunham

    Jesse, Claudia and Christian’s siblings,
    Your family has been in my prayers since I first heard of your loss. I remember Christian as a little guy coming to watch Jesse Jr. and Victor play basketball at Albemarle. May the Lord give you strength and wrap His love around you in comfort.

  48. Stephanie and Summer

    There are no words…..please just know that our thoughts and many prayers are with your family, Alexis and precious little Noah. Christian was such a loving, free spirit and we have some great memories of him and will keep them with us always. So very sorry…..

  49. Nandita Banerjee

    When I heard of the passing of Christian I was in total shock. There is no words that can express your pain that your family is going though. I will remember Christian playing soccer with Roni for many years and how he always would say hello when I saw him and would ask about Roni.Your family will be in my prayers and thoughts.
    Nandita Banerjee

  50. Sheryl Bradford

    Jesse, Michelle, Claudia, Cody and family:

    You are all in my prayers. Be strong and know that God will help you to get through this tough time. Cherish all of the wonderful memories you have of Christian. I am going to miss his smile, but I have loads of funny photos from him playing soccer and enjoying life to look back at! Know that we are here for you always!

  51. Ja-Neen & Rick Guarracino

    Jesse, Claudia and all family members we are so sorry for your loss and we want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep all the good memories close to your heart.

  52. The Holmes Family

    There are no words that express our sympathy and sadness. Keep the good memories in your mind and hearts and remember the love. Love is all there is.
    Sandy & Terry Holmes

  53. Roni Banerjee

    I can’t believe he gone. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and especially his son. He will always have a angel looking over him. I will always remember the good time we had as kids player soccer in middle school and high school. He was a really good guy, I will miss deeply.

  54. Bonnie Hudgins

    Claudia, Perry: Debbie and Kent told me Saturday and my heart goes out to you both. Please know that if you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to call me. My prayers are with you and your family. with all my love, Bonnie

  55. Nava Coppin

    To the family – – You are always in my prayers. I taught Christian when he was in 8th grade. I loved the mess out of him. Cody too. God will see you all through this tough time.

  56. Robbin Pretula (Papple)

    Dear Claudia and family,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and my heart aches for you, with love, Robbin

  57. Cheryl & Mickey The Nesting Cottage

    Our hearts go out to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss and hope you find peace knowing he was so loved by all.

  58. Karen Spence Jackson

    Condolences to all the family and close friends of Christian. May God’s grace overpower you during this tough time and deliver peace and comfort.

  59. Emily Harris

    To the Carden Family..

    Words cannot express my heartfelt sorrow for you at this time. May God carry each one of you in His own unique way as you need.

  60. Lisa and Hunter Harman

    Claudia and Jesse –

    Words cannot express our shock and sadness at the loss of Christian. The world is a darker place without his brilliant smile and the potential he had. I cannot imagine a greater loss than a child — the pain will be ever present but so too will be your happy memories; please cherish those and know you are in our prayers and thoughts always. Lisa & Hunter

  61. Debbie Mason/BC Cleaning Unlimited

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Keep those happy memories close to your heart. Warm regards,Debbie Mason

  62. Nic, Rayce & Ayla Perales (Bonnie Collier)

    Carden Family~
    Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to you all.

    Mr. Mark~
    We are so sorry for your loss and want you to know that we love you and are keeping you in our prayers. So sorry your family must endure this; may the Lord bless and strengthen you.

  63. Tim, Jennifer and Andrew Keeler

    Claudia and Cody, We were so sorry to hear of your loss and wanted you to know that we were thinking about you both and keeping you in our prayers. I hadn’t seen Christian in many years but will always remember how sweet he was and how much Cody enjoyed spending time with his big brother.

  64. Dorothy Moore

    What does one say at such a time as this….I have you and your family in prayers as well as my thoughts. May the Father hold you in HIS arms and may you allow the comforter to give you the peace and comfort you need.

    Love to you and the family; and KNOW you are LOVED!

    Dorothy Moore

  65. Alice

    Dear Carden family,
    My sincere condolences. It is hard enough to try to put into words the emotions you are dealing with right now. Unfortunately not too many words from friends and family can bring you a measure of relief. The source of comfort can only come from knowing the truth about our Creator. Know that Death was not his original purpose for us, which He calls Death an enemy that He will do away with-1 Corinthians 15:26. For the mean time “He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds.”(Psalms 147:3). So trust in him so that he can provide you the comfort that you need. Again, my sincere condolences.

  66. Joshua St.Augustine Rousseau Elisha Harris

    This has been tragedy to alot of people. I send my condolences out to Christian’s family. I pray that God will help everyone find peace.

  67. Nakita Harrell

    Dear Carden family,

    I would like to express my sincere condolences. This is tragedy and extreme loss to learn of Christian’s passing one year later. I had the pleasure of mentoring your son at the school. He was a nice, and free spirited person.He loved his family and life.I pray that God will be with you in your time of bereavement.

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