Rev. Irving Cater

May 2019

Rev. Irving Carter was born in Bainbridge, GA on March 15, 1920, to the late Mr. Samuel Carter and the late Mrs. Gillar Lemon Carter. He attended the public schools of Decatur County. At an early age, the family migrated to New Jersey. Rev. Carter was a WWII veteran, serving in Burma, India. He drove trucks loaded with ammunition and supplies to troops on the front lines in the Pacific Campaign. Just before entering the Army on June 7, 1942, he married Miss Dorothy Louise Carter. After 64 years of marriage, they were separated by death September 30, 2006. He entered the ministry in 1956. Rev. Carter was a welder for U. S. Metals & Refining Co., where he rose to the rank of Union President for Local 837. His leadership was demonstrated in his Civil Rights activity, even attending the historic March on Washington in 1963.

In 1982, Rev. and Mrs. Carter returned to the South, making Americus their home. Here he was active with the Sumter County Ministerial Association, Open Arm Drug Rehabilitation Center, Hand to Hand food bank, the Lenora Lambert Sr. Citizens Center, Prince Hall Masons, New Genesis Baptist Church and for 40 years, he worked in Prison Ministries in Sumter and Lee Counties. Rev. Carter is a published author of Take Another Look: A Book of Thoughts, Visions and Hope.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Bonnor.

Left to cherish his memories are his sons, Mr. James Carter and Minister David Carter, both of Newark, NJ; his daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Branch and Mrs. Gwendolyn Hicks of both of East Orange, NJ and Mrs. Melva Williams of Kankakee, IL; a son-in-law, Mr. Jerome Thomas, Rahway, NJ; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.