Mr. Carter, who was also a vice president of Southeastern Newspaper Corp., joined the company in April 1960 as personnel director. He left the company in 1970 to become vice president and manager of The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
William S. Morris III, the publisher of The Chronicle and chairman of its parent company, Morris Communications Corp., praised Mr. Carter for his contributions to the newspaper.
Bev Carter made a major contribution to The Augusta Chronicle, Mr. Morris said. He was general manager at a time of transition between hot type and cold type. He was a leader in the new era of computers and their application to our business. The Augusta Chronicle benefited tremendously from his work, perception and vision.
Mr. Carter left The Observer in 1973 to become an executive at another Knight-Ridder newspaper, The Miami Herald.
In addition to his wife, Susan, Mr. Carter is survived by daughters Anne Carter Hillas and Mary Carter Dewing; son Beverly Randolph Carter IV; and stepchildren Michael Ross Gelsanliter, Wendy Gelsanliter, Thomas Cummings Gelsanliter and Sarah Gelsanliter Risi.
Services will be in Virginia.
The Miami Herald contributed to this article.