Larry Kimble "Kim" Carter

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Larry Kimble (Kim) Carter died at his home in Columbia, SC, surrounded by family, on March 1st at age 64. Kim was beloved by those who knew him as a kind and gentle friend, a devoted husband, a selfless father and son, a lifelong Christian, and a lover of nature and the outdoors. Kim is survived by his wife Debbie, his mother Dot, his sister Laura, his children Adam and Lea, and his grandchildren Oliver, Asher, Lulu, and Watson.

The son of Larry Joe Carter and Dorothy (Dot) Meadows Carter, Kim was born and raised in the woods of western North Carolina and maintained a lifelong commitment to protecting and enjoying nature. Even after moving to South Carolina, Kim was active with Rosscraggon Wood, preserving the wild beauty of the mountains where he grew up. He attended the University of Georgia, where he met his wife Debbie Carter. They were married for 43 years, and began their lives together in western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, where they had their two children, Adam and Lea.

A man who loved action and the outdoors, Kim was a registered land surveyor. A man who loved learning and service, Kim earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina and practiced law for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health for most of his working life. As one of the only attorneys registered as a land surveyor in South Carolina, Kim established himself as an expert on boundary law and authored The South Carolina Boundary Law Compendium, which remains a foundational boundary law text in the state.

Kim will be remembered as a man of principle, a man who would do anything for his family. Kim was a longstanding member of Shandon Baptist Church, and he and Debbie raised their children in the Christian faith. He always made time for family, traveling frequently to Asheville, North Carolina to visit with and support his mother Dot and father Larry, as well as his daughter Lea, her husband Ted, and their children Oliver and Asher. He also traveled far and wide to visit his son Adam, his wife Maureen, and their children Lulu and Watson. Just as he was an actively involved husband and father, he was a doting grandfather, always present and always supportive. Kim lived his life fully in light of his faith and fully in alignment to his values.

The family gathered on Saturday, March 7th in Arden to celebrate Kim’s life. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the Carter family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. As an Public Safety Officer with DMH, it was always a pleasure to see Kim come to work. He always had a smile and a nice word. I will miss talking to him on various subjects we shared interest in. Regards to his family.

  2. When I first started working in the position I now have at DMH in 2010 and first met Kim, he was extraordinarily kind and helpful to me. Throughout the time I knew him I always greatly appreciated his assistance and also his wonderful sense of humor. He was truly one of the good guys of the world and a fine human being. My prayers to his friends and family. He will be tremendously missed.

  3. I am shocked we lost Kim at such a young age. I related to Kim because of his love of nature. Us old ones don’t expect the young ones to go before us and I am sure your faith will provide support. We will all miss Kim.

  4. I only discovered Kim had passed away when the Christmas card I sent came back. My sincere condolences to his family. Kim was a good friend at DMH. No one can fill his shoes.

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