Frank Boyd Cartwright – 97 of Hahira, GA and formerly of Elizabeth City, NC passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at his home. He was born on January 11, 1922 in Elizabeth City, NC to the late Charlie Raymond Cartwright and Mary Elizabeth Meads. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie Sarah Barclift and Alice Frazier; two brothers, Bob Cartwright and Charlie Raymond Cartwright.
An American Patriot, Frank served in the United States Army during both WWII and the Korean War and was a former POW. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division when he was captured on D-Day. Frank was liberated by General Patton’s Army, and along with his regiment, received a Presidential Citation for “Extraordinary Heroism and Outstanding performance of duty against the enemy in Normandy, France, 6 June 1944”. He also received the Bronze Star for heroism and a Purple Heart for wounds he received during the Korean War and the French Legion of Honor for his participation in Operation Overlord.
After Frank retired from the US Army and then his subsequent job at
the Post Office, he became a Soldier of the Cross. He was a mighty
prayer warrior and kept a notebook for over 50 years continually
adding to it and the names of those who passed though his life,
including the German guard at his POW camp Stalag 13b. If your name
was in the Frank’s notebook, you can be assured he prayed for you in
the early hours of the morning, every day of his life.
Ever patient and gentle, Frank was
beloved by his family and friends, who mourn the loss of him in this
life, but rejoice that he has been reunited with family that have
gone before him and look forward to the day when those of us still
here will join him again.
Survivors include: Wife of 73 years, Bernice Brooks Cartwright of Hahira, GA; Son and Daughter-in-law, David Kent Cartwright (Ellen) of Chesterville, VA; Daughter, Pamela LeDell Cartwright of Hahira, GA; Son, Michael Keith Cartwright of Hahira, GA; Daughter and Son-in-law, Janet Kay Bowen (Charles) of Sebastian, FL; Sister and Brother-in-law, Arlie Wingard (Bill) of New Bern, NC; Grandchildren, Mason William Bowen (Wendy) Cape Cod, MA, Joshua Andrew Bowen of Sebastian, FL, Joseph Aaron Bowen (Tara) Raleigh, NC, and Kristen Nicole Johnston (Jeff) of Melbourne, FL; Great Grandchildren, Aiden, Sam, Maggie, and Jude; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
A private burial will be held at a later date in Andersonville National Cemetery. Messages of sympathy may be expressed online at
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 2263 Pineview Dr, Valdosta, GA 31602.
The compassionate and caring staff of Music Funeral Services, Azalea Crematory is serving Mr. Cartwright’s family.
[Music Funeral Services, Azalea Crematory]
[courtesy of Kevin Frye, Andersonville Historian]
Grave marker for Frank B. Cartwright in
Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville National Historic
Site, Macon (Bibb county), Georgia.
Pvt Cartwright was transferred from the reception
Center, Fort Bragg, NC to Company A, 508th PIR on 23 October 1942.
Pfc Cartwright was taken prisoner on 6 June 1944 in
He was liberated from from Stalag 13B following
the war's end and returned to the U.S. aboard the USS Admiral W. S.
Benson which arrived in NY City Harbor on 12 June 1945.
On 9 April 1947, Frank married [ Bernice Ledel Brooks
in Perquimans, North Carolina.