James Robert Carmichael
After graduating Mountain State College, James Robert Carmichael, born on April 12, 1947 to David and Loretta Carmichael of Ravenswood, WV, was drafted into the US Army. He left for basic training at Fort Benning, GA on December 13, 1967. Jim was promoted to Army Private pay E-2 two months earlier than usual for his outstanding scores. While fighting in Vietnam, Jim got sick with malaria. So he had to finish his military career at Fort Carson, CO. Jim worked for UPS and then Nashua Photo. He loved sprint car racing. He was a race car owner, racing photographer and historian of racing. He was awarded the 2018 Auto Racing Historical Preservation Award from the WV Racing Heritage Festival. He married Kathy Morgan and had three children, Toni, Kyle and Alex and five grandchildren, Jerrick, Kylie, Kendell, Aries and Kalalena. Jim was diagnosed with diabetes. It's a result of being exposed to Agent Orange. Years later he couldn't keep his diabetes under control. Little did he know he had a rare pancreas cancer call insulinoma. That's what messed up his blood sugar. The cancer was already at stage four and had jumped over to his liver. Eight months after finding out about the cancer, the Lord called him home to heaven with a rainbow in the sky on April 23, 2019. He is dearly missed by family and friends.