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St. Dominic Catholic Church
Thursday May 12th, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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St. Dominic Catholic Church
Friday May 13th, 2022

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Claudio Carlin

Claudio Carlin, 91, of Kingsport, TN, passed away Monday, May 9, 2022. Born in Umago Istria, Italy, he immigrated to the U.S. and resided in Kingsport since 1956. He was founder of Custom Floors by Carlin, from which he retired in 2008 at the age of 78. His artistic skills adorn many homes in the tri-cities area. His passion for soccer “the beautiful game” started with his playing days in Trieste, Italy. Claudio is often referred to as Kingsport’s Godfather of Soccer. He was instrumental in the establishment of the sport for the area’s youth and the organization of Kingsport Youth Soccer Association. Claudio coached at many levels, from youth instructional to college. He was dedicated to two successful KYSA travel teams known as Cosmos. Claudio was recognized for his efforts with two Paul Harris Fellow Awards by local Rotary Club. He was one of the two original inductees into Tennessee State Soccer Association Hall of Fame. Claudio was an active member of Lynn Garden Optimist Club and St. Dominic’s Men’s Club.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Maria Tinolli Carlin; children, Angela Davenport (Gary), Anna Farmer (Terry), Alex Carlin (Linda), and Andria Ball (Aaron DeMeyers); grandchildren, Eric Davenport (Cacie), Brandy Farmer, Cody Ball (Kala), and Amber DeGreen (Ben); step-granddaughter, Keema Smith; great-grandchildren, Campbell, Carlin and Caroline Davenport, Noah Williams, Jonah Overbay, and Rhiley Ball; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at St. Dominic Catholic Church.

The funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022, at St. Dominic Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Dominic Church, 2517 J.B. Dennis Hwy, Kingsport, TN 37660 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

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I met Claudio when he and his son redid my floors. He was such a nice man. My prayers are with the family.

Robin Moody May 13 2022 8:19 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Claudio Carlin

Lynda Jones May 12 2022 9:26 PM

Praying for the entire Carlin family. Kingsport’s youth soccer popularity and success begins with Coach C. His passion, energy, and commitment to introducing and growing the game is what I will remember most about Coach C.

Bill McTier May 12 2022 6:07 PM

Mr. Carlin was a wonderful person. Heaven’s gain is the community’s loss. He gave so much to Kingsport. I’m so sorry that I can’t attend his services. He will be remembered.

Cathie Barket May 12 2022 4:02 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Carol A Sukel May 12 2022 2:01 PM

I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of dear zio Claudio. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nevenka Carlin Radizlovic with family May 12 2022 12:13 PM

My deepest condolences Maria, Angela, and the family. May God give you comfort and peace during this very sad time.

Pamela Calhoun Minor May 12 2022 2:19 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Claudio Carlin

Pamela Calhoun Minor May 12 2022 2:13 AM

Io e la mia famiglia ci uniamo al vostro dolore per la scomparsa del caro zio Claudio.
Aleksandar Carlin

Aleksandar Carlin May 11 2022 4:50 PM

My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Claudio when my son Scott Addington played goalie on the original Cosmos team. He liked and respected his coach and gained a love for soccer through him. Scott went on to coach a young team in Chattanooga while doing his college internship there. His younger sister Sheila also played on Judge Garrett's KOSA team later encouraging her son and daughter to play the game she loved. Kingsport owes Claudio a tremendous amount of gratitude with his gift to our children of the area. When I see children of all ages playing now I give a silent thank you to God for his time, effort, and especially his caring attitude. Rest in peace Claudio and Thank you once again for your immeasurable gift to our children. May God bless you, his family in your time of loss.⚽😥⚽

Janetter Addington May 11 2022 12:43 PM

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