April 15, 1924 ~ May 23, 2009

Born in: Spartanburg County, SC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Earnest Carter, 85, of 18 Madeline Avenue, Asheville, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at the John F. Keever, Jr. Hospice Solace Center. Mr. Carter was born in Clifton, SC and was a son of the late Charles C. and Easter Minor Carter. He was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald Carter, a grandson, Casey Carter, and nine siblings. Mr. Carter was an Army veteran and formerly worked with Southern Dairies, Carlon Pipe Co., and Overnight Truck Lines, and retired from the American Red Cross. After retirement he worked at the McDonald's on Leicester Highway. He was a member of Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Julia "Judy" Baker Carter; one son, Stanley Carter and his wife, Joy, of Morganton; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Carter; three grandchildren, Jennifer Carter, Cory Carter and Jason Carter; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Melody; and two sisters, Opal Buell and Evelyn Cushen, both of Asheville. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Douglas B. Tilley officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service and suggest that memorials be made to Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church, 2 Bear Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Judy and Family, I still remember you as May Belle from living on Middlemont Ave. many years ago. We are never ready to lose our loved ones and the only comfort has to come from our Faith in the Soveteignty of God and the manifested care of caring friends. We are thinking of you and will hold you in our prayers.
    Joe Clark

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  2. Knowing Earnest and the man he was will stay embedded in our hearts. He made the world a better place for many of his friends and we will miss him but I know heaven holds him now and how ‘Blessed’ he is to be there. Our heartfelt thoughs & prayers are with Judy and the family during this time.
    Jean & Gene Scott

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  3. It was very desturbing to see the picture and obituary for EARNEST in the paper this morning! He was always a pleasure to see and talk with! I am also very sorry to see that he required the HOSPICE care!
    May GOD BE WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
    Glenn and Helen O’Kelley

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  4. I am sorry for your loss. I will miss getting to talk to Ernie, and the times that we shared when I worked with him at McDonalds. He was a very kind, generous, and fun loving man, and he will be missed by all that knew him.

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  5. To Judy,Stanley and the entire family we are deeply sorry for your loss.Uncle Earnest was always a giving and caring person with a great since of humor and pride in his community.I always knew his door was open for me even though in the last several years due to other obligations I was unable to visit for which I am sorry.Uncle Earnest will be missed.

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  6. Judy and Stanley and family, I was saddened to hear of Uncle Earnest passing. Earnest was a wonderful people person who loved to talk with people. I particularly remember looking forward to seeing and talking to Earnest when he would come to Cullowhee with the Red Cross in the 70’s. Uncle Earnest will be missed.

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  7. To Judy and all of Earnest’s family: Please accept my condolences on the loss of Earnest. I remember him as a very generous man who helped me move in to my house, no questions asked, the day I arrived in the neighborhood and then cut my grass as an extra gift of his time. I will miss him. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

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  8. Judy,
    Earnest was a long-time friend from the Red Cross. He was always laughing and had a story to tell. He was a generous, caring man. I remember when I had surgery, he visited me at the hospital and brought me a box of chocolates. I wish you peace and will be praying for you and your family at this time. May God bless you.

    Betty Huff
    Former co-worker at American Red Cross

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  9. Judy i feel so sorry for you. i lost my mother and i am still trying to cope with it just pray a lot and the lord will see you through. sure will miss earney smiling face and his joke,s every morning. at Mickey Dee,s.

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  10. Julia, Sorry to hear about Ernest.He was so concerned about you when you had surgery.He was a good man.Praying for you and the family.

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  11. Dear Mrs. Carter,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Altho’ we did not know Earnest, we know your son, Stan Carter. The descriptions of Earnest as ‘kind, generous, fun loving’ etc., sound like the qualities of his son, Stan and indicate that Earnie passed on quite a wonderful legacy to his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Dear Stan, Joy , Jennifer and Cory,
    We are so sad to think of you losing your Dad and Grandpa. We know that you will miss him so, and that these must be difficult days for you. We love you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Bruce,Laurel, Emilie and Seth.

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