St. John Carley was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Memphis, Tenn., to Frank H. and Carrie (Henderson) Nelson. He died July 9, 2019, at Colonial Springs Healthcare Center, Buffalo, three weeks before his 90th birthday. Per his wishes, his body was donated to medical science.
His father died in a farm accident when John was 3 years old, and his mother died of tuberculosis when he was 5. He lived in foster homes and orphanages the next four years until he was adopted by John O. and Louise M. Carley in 1938.
At 16, John lied about his age and joined the Navy. When his father found out, he had John discharged after 67 days. Later, John served four and a half years in the Army.
In civilian life, he worked as a print press operator, truck driver, heavy-equipment operator, carpenter and steel worker.
For the past 25-plus years, John could be found at the Buffalo Post Office, trying to tell anyone who would listen about the Constitution and its importance to America. He was literally a scholarly preacher about how far the government (legislators and U.S. courts) had strayed from the specific intent of the Constitution to limit the powers of the federal government.
He had many friends in numerous states who will remember his fierce belief in constitutional powers expressly reserved for “We the People.” He was a patriot to the end.
Military services will be conducted at a later date.