Walter Dwight Carter

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 9, 2014

Mr. Walter Dwight Carter, 88, died on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Commonwealth Memory Care, Norfolk, Va.
Mr. Carter was born July 16, 1925, to the late Clyde Hampton and Gladys Mae Howard Carter of Kannapolis. He attended McKeever School in Kannapolis until age 9, when he moved to Mocksville after the passing of his parents. He was raised by his grandparents, the late John Wesley Carter and Minnie West Carter. There he attended Cooleemee School. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy until 1945. He met the love of his life, Helen Louise Carter from Richmond, and married May 24, 1944. She died Aug. 17, 2012, after a long illness with Alzheimer’s. He worked for Exxon Mobil at The Norfolk Terminal for 38 years, retiring in 1985. He met quarterly with the Retiree Club. He loved golfing, working on his collection of Corvairs and helping anyone. He also loved NASCAR and baseball. He attended Oceanview Baptist Church in Virginia, but remained a member of his childhood family church, Liberty United Methodist Church in Mocksville. They never had children, however they were parents to so many neighborhood children, and were active in the lives of five young nieces, when Helen’s sister, Irene was widowed. He was a member of the Tidewater Corvair Club, where he has served many leadership roles. The men in this club have been supportive to him during the past three years he has been unable to participate. He never met a stranger and loved everyone he met.
He has 2 siblings, Ralph Wesley Carter of Mocksville, who died in 1977, and Pauline Carter Deal of Salisbury. He leaves nieces and nephews.
The family received friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel in Norfolk, Va. on Wednesday, May 7. The funeral followed at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Following the service Wednesday, his remains were transported to Eaton Funeral Home, Mocksville for a visitation on Friday, May 9 from 3-4 p.m. The funeral will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by burial with military honors at Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery, 141 Liberty Circle, Mocksville.
Memorials: Commonwealth Memory Care, 1516 Harmon St., Norfolk, VA 23518.
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