Carl Demoray, who served the role of sales manager for Cumberland Mills, Lanas Carpet, and Carpet Crafts, died April 14 in Bay Pines, Fla. He was 91.
Demoray, a resident of Largo, Fla., is remembered as a tireless salesman. "He traveled the U.S., mostly by car, establishing and working with sales agents for the mills. He'd think no more of driving from Michigan to Georgia, with stops between, than you and I would in taking a short trip to town. He represented an era in our industry that has passed," said David Hudgins, president of Carpet Crafts.
A WWII veteran, Demoray was an officer with the 301st Bombardment Group, 419th Bomb Squadron in the Mediterranean Theater, flying 51 combat missions as a bombardier. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also an avid golfer, belonging to Bardmoor Country Club in Largo, Fla., for more than 25 years, and loved to fish, play cards, and travel.
Demoray was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Yvonne. He is survived by his children Karen L. (Doug) Mills, Yvonne "Cookie" (Jim) Boss, Carl L. (Harriet) Demoray, Jr., and Gregory T. Demoray; siblings Bill Demoray, Jane (Fraser) Scholes, and Dorothy (Russ) Hicks; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life and military honors will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery on April 29 at 2:15 p.m.