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Dr. Carey Washington passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021

We are saddened to learn that Dr. Carey Washington, one of our great friends and volunteers, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Carey served as a volunteer and official at the state, section, and national levels for over 30 years.  He was the Chair of the USTA Southern Officials Committee and a member of the USTA Officials Committee from 1994 to 2004. He was the recipient of many awards, including the 2004 USTA Southern Tennis Official of the Year, and was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 2010. Carey also served as an official at the U.S. Open for over ten years and worked with the Special Olympics Games in locations all over the world.  

The following are some thoughts from Rex Maynard, former USTA SC, and USTA Southern President and the longtime Tournament Director of the Palmetto Championships in Belton: 

“A lot of folks are hurting today because of the loss of Carey Washington.  He was one of a kind and always fun to be around.  You never knew what might happen next with Dr. CW!  Not only was he a great guy and a wonderful friend to so many, but he was a dedicated and valuable tennis volunteer and official.  He knew the rules and how to enforce them the right way.  There were very few cases when someone talked with Carey and walked away mad.  He led by example, and he cared about everybody….players, parents, coaches, and other tournament staff and officials….and special athletes had a special place in his heart.  Carey accomplished a lot and contributed even more to tennis all over the country and the world.  I had the pleasure of being his good friend and working with him in tennis for over 30 years, and I’ll always remember the fun times we had.  Oh, the stories I could tell…but Carey could tell them a lot better, especially with an exaggeration or two!  It’s a big loss for tennis, especially in South Carolina and the Southern section.” 

Attached are pictures of Carey at the Palmetto Championships.  

Carey is survived by his wife Lynn, children Alex and Tanya, and four grandchildren.  Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation, PO Box 843, Belton, SC 29627 or to the Belton Tennis Association (designed for SPUD), PO Box 274, Belton, SC 29627.