Originally created 04/12/06

Richard Carter (EVANS, Ga.)



EVANS, Ga. - Richard Strother Carter, Jr. entered into rest Monday, April 10, 2006. Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 2 P.M. at Cliffwood Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Charles M. Rector officiating. Mr. Carter was born October 1, 1913 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was the son of Richard S. Carter, Sr. and Ethel Naurine Stokes Carter. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned the Professional Engineer designation. He and Josephine Elizabeth Odell were married in Knoxville on December 28, 1941. Their daughters, Alice and Mary, were born in Tennessee. The family moved to Augusta, Georgia in 1951. From 1946-1951 he was employed by the Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Company in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 1951, he was employed by the United States Atomic Energy Commission at the Savannah River Plant in Aiken, S.C. where he retired in 1973 as Chief of the Power Section, Maintenance and Power Branch. Mr. Carter was a decorated veteran of World War II. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in December 1942. After completing Navy radar schools, he was ordered to Bombing Squadron 7, USS Hancock CV-19, Pacific Fleet. He was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, the American Theatre Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal with two Battle Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Medal with one Battle Star. He was honorably discharged in March, 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant. He retired from the United States Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander. He was awarded the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Cross of Military Service in 2002 by Atlanta Chapter 18, UDC. Mr. Carter and his wife were among the founders and charter members of Cliffwood Presbyterian Church in Augusta, where they remained active as long as their health permitted. He was a Ruling Elder and an Elder Emeritus of Cliffwood. He served on the church's building committee, which oversaw the planning of the present sanctuary and other facilities. He taught Sunday School at Cliffwood for a number of years. Mr. Carter and his wife were blessed with 63 years of marriage. They enjoyed traveling together. They were members of the Augusta Sailing Club and the Aiken Assembly. They created a wonderful Christian home for their daughters. He was a loving and beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather, and a friend to many. He was a gracious host to all who visited in their home. Mr. Carter was a past Commodore of the Savannah River Power Squadron. He was a member of the Augusta Gem and Mineral Society and the Augusta Genealogical Society. He is survived by his daughters, Alice Carter West of Lilburn, GA and Mary Carter Poston of Irmo, SC; granddaughter, Lauren Poston Upchurch of Irmo, SC; grandson, Nathan Ashley Carter Poston of Columbia, SC; great-granddaughters, Julia Nichole Upchurch and Sheridan Ashleigh Upchurch of Irmo, SC; brother, William Stokes Carter of Butte, Montana; a nephew, a great-nephew and a great-niece, and many dear friends. Memorial gifts may be made to Cliffwood Presbyterian Church, 2525 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA. 30906. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 12, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, April 13, 2006 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-April 12, 2006