William Gerald “Bill” Carter
July 27, 2019
Date of Service: July 29, 2019
Interment Location: Christus Garden
He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-seven years, Margaret Ferren Carter. Also preceding him in death were his sisters, Doris Carter McLaney, Marcella Carter Townsend and an infant grandson, Bryan Foster.
Survivors include his two daughters Joyce Carter Jones and husband Robert and Sandra Carter Foster and husband Bill; grandchildren, Michael Alan Jones, Gregory Scott Jones and Matthew Carter Foster and wife Amy; great-grandchildren, Natalie Paige Foster, Joseph Gage Foster, Nora Sage Foster; bonus grandchildren, Christen Carter, Reanna Morrell and Alana Morrell and several nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his current wife, Alma Carter and her children, Anita Williamson, Lora Weiss, George Williamson II and wife Julia and step-grandchildren, Trisha Williamson, Stacey Weiss, Bobby Weiss, George Williamson III, Kara Williamson, Miranda Williamson and special sister-in-law, Juanita Brown.
Also surviving are special friends, Norman Simerly, Winfred “Dink” Sluder, Jon Ruetz, Mike and Sue Hubbard, Frankie Williams, Sharon and Jerry Cross, Bud Whitehead and a host of others.
By his side to the very end was his beloved dog, Pogey.
Bill’s lifelong hobby was gardening and sharing the bounty with his friends and neighbors. He loved going to listen to music at the Red Barn. As long as his health allowed he visited the sick and shut in and took them communion. He was a charter member of the Central Community Volunteer Fire Department.
He was an elder and charter member of King Springs Church of Christ. He was employed by North American Rayon Corporation in Elizabethton, TN. He was a more than sixty year member of the Masonic Lodge.
The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Michael Grosserode for his skilled and compassionate care. Also, thanks to Amedysis Hospice for the comfort given during his final illness.
A service to honor the life of William Gerald “Bill” Carter will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. Monday, July 29, 2019 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Mr. Jon Ruetz officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. on Monday prior to the service.
Interment will follow the funeral service on Monday, July 29, 2019 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with Masonic services. Active pallbearers will be his grandsons, Michael Jones, Gregory Jones and Matthew Foster along with Zachary Adams, Jerry Cross and George Williams.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Kings Spring Church of Christ, 1502 Kings Springs Road, Johnson City, TN 37601; Shriners’ Children’s Hospital, P. O. Box 5548, Kingsport, TN 37663 or Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38102-1905.