Darrel D. Carter, 91, reached the goal for which he had lived his whole life on Thursday, November 10, 2011, when he went home to be with the Lord.
Mr. Carter was a lifelong resident of Carter County. He retired from the Bemberg and North American Plants in 1984 after 41 years employment.
Mr. Carter was a member of Borderview Christian Church where he served as Elder and Sunday School Teacher for many years. He most recently had attended Buffalo Valley Christian Church while living with his daughter. He enjoyed woodworking and built numerous items that his family and friends will enjoy for a lifetime. He was a much-loved daddy, pa and brother, who will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lillian Ellis Carter; a sister, Naomi Carr; a brother, Blaine Carter; and by his beloved wife of 65 years, Dewana Maxwell Carter.
Mr. Carter is survived by his daughters, Glenda Tate Ball of Johnson City and Jane Shirley and son-in-law, Eddie Shirley of Knoxville; four grandchildren, Steve Tate and wife Jamie, Jonesborough, Kevin Tate and wife Sherry, Concord, N.C., Andrea Hamilton and husband Will, Atlanta, Ga., and John Shirley, Knoxville; two great-grandchildren, Sam Tate and Annie Tate; a sister, Muriel Turbyfill and husband Doyle of Watauga; as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends; and a special sister-in-law, Jewell Collins and husband Fred.
A Service to Celebrate the Life of Darrel D. Carter will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, November 14, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Eric Evans, minister, officiating. Mr. Scott Reynolds will give a Eulogy. Music will be provided by Terry Rice, soloist, and Ray Don Markland, pianist. Entombment services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, November 14, in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:20 a.m. Monday, will be Steve Tate, Kevin Tate, Sam Tate, John Shirley, Eddie Shirley and Will Hamilton. Darrel received excellent care from the staff at Ivy Hall Nursing Home for the past four years. For the love and service of these caring individuals our family is forever grateful. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Carter to the Holston Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 5265, Kingsport, TN 37663. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:20 a.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Carter family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel, 212 N. Main Street, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.