Lawrence Ray Carter

Published 4:19 pm Monday, April 8, 2024

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Mr. Lawrence Ray Carter, 90, of Mocksville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 6, 2024 surrounded by his loving family at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem after a brief illness.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1933 in Davie County to the late Hasten Wade and Mary Eva Garrett Carter.

Lawrence graduated in 1951 from Mocksville High School. He furthered his education at Coyne College in Chicago, Il. and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He went to work at Western Electric, Winston-Salem, then left to enter the U.S. Army in 1953 and trained with the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Breckenridge, Ky. and was stationed at Vint Hill Farms Station Army Base in Arlington, Va. His job in the military was equipment repairman. He achieved the rank of E2 Specialist (SPC) Security. Lawrence then returned to Western Electric which later became AT&T/Lucent. Lawrence worked as a Senior Electrical Engineer at Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent on Lexington Road, Winston-Salem, and briefly at AT&T/Lucent in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he retired with 42 years of service. He was a member of Center Methodist Church in Mocksville, where he was a Sunday School teacher, led the Administrative Board, worked on renovations at the historic Arbor, led the cemetery committee, and was a mentor and guide to many.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his first wife, Jo Ann Allen Carter; and siblings, Josephine McClamrock and Grace Elam.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 40 years, Katherine Plott Carter; a son, Allen Carter (Diane) of Mocksville; a daughter, Vicki Carter Bettinger of Glen Allen, Va.; stepchildren, Benjy McClamrock and Kristy Snipes; grandchildren, Scott Carter (Lauren), Erin Davidson (Matt), Brent Bettinger (Juanita), and Ryan Bettinger; great-grandchildren, Josie Davidson, Payton and Eva Carter, and Beau Davidson; a sister, Margaret Ann Carter Bryant (Don); sisters-in-law, Elaine Allen Kent and Barbara Clontz (JC); several special nieces and nephews; and lots of other family members and friends.

A special appreciation goes to Rev. Jesse Teal and the doctors and nurses at Forsyth Medical Center for their loving support.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, April 12 at Center Methodist Church with Rev. Jesse Teal officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery, with Military Honors conducted by the U.S. Army and the VFW Memorial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for Center Methodist Church, 1857 US 64 W., Mocksville, NC 27028.

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