Charlie “Tommy” Carter, 83, a native of St. Matthews, South Carolina, passed away peacefully Monday, November 11, 2019 at his home in Mineral, Virginia, where he recently relocated.
Charlie, called “Tommy” by his friends and family, was born February 26, 1936, in St. Matthews, South Carolina to Charlie H. Carter Sr. and Ruthie Mae “Fred” Yancey Carter Geddings.
After high school, he served in the 1st Army and he was a veteran of the Lebanon conflict in 1958. After completing honorable service, he fulfilled a career as a truck driver for Champion International. He enjoyed working and only retired a few years prior to his relocating to Mineral, Virginia.
On January 24, 1964, he married Norma “Jeannie” Carter in Aiken, South Carolina. On June 14, 1965, and August 15, 1968 respectively, he welcomed his two beautiful daughters, Robby Ann and Jody Jean, who were the most important part of his life. Charlie was a devoted father and grandfather.
He loved playing guitar and singing in a band called the Nighthawk, where he and Mom met. Tommy loved helping others and was a spiritual man who was actively involved in church activities, including singing in the church choir. He enjoyed having coffee at the local coffee shop with his friends, fishing with family, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Norma “Jeannie” Carter; two daughters, Robby Ann Carter (VA) and Jody Propst (NC); their spouses, Jennifer Carter (VA) and Bob Propst (NC); his three grandchildren, Caleb and his wife Stephenie B. Propst (NC), Jordan and his girlfriend Lindsey Smith (NC), and Alexis Hamlin (VA); great-granddaughter, Nova Lynn Propst (NC); sisters, Aunt Eff and Aunt Billy; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie H. Carter Sr. and Ruthie Mae Yancey Carter Geddings; his brother, Dupree Carter; and sister, Lila Carter Headen.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Mizpah Baptist Church, 289 Fort Motte Rd, Fort Motte, SC 29135. Paster Luke Luesing will be officiating with lunch to follow.