Deacon Robert Vernon Carter

October 3, 1940 ~ August 29, 2021 (age 80)

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       With humbled submission to the will of God, we pause today to celebrate the life, legacy and servitude of Deacon Robert Vernon Carter; who was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and servant to mankind. He was one who loved his family with all his heart, and not only nurtured his family, but enriched and empowered the lives of all he came in contact with.

       Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower... (Job 14:1-2) On Thursday, October 3, 1940, life was bestowed upon Robert Vernon Carter in rural Northampton County, North Carolina, as he was born to the loving and caring hands of Robert Brack Carter and Judy Walden Carter. Robert grew and matured into a kindhearted, compassionate and hardworking young man. Being reared in a Christian home, he learned the true value of a relationship with the Lord. This relationship began when he acknowledged Christ as his personal Savior and became a member of the Zoar Missionary Baptist Church. It was there that his love for God was intensified and spiritual gifts nurtured, as he was a dedicated and faithful member of this branch of Zion. He highly esteemed the Lord and gave God his all, as he served his church in various capacities, including, Trustee, for over 40 years and Sunday School Teacher. While on his spiritual journey, Robert was ordained as Deacon and later elected as Chairman of the Deacon’s Ministry. He held this ordination in very high regard, as he was often called upon for guidance and wisdom. His faith in God was expressed through his advocacy of family unity, love of his church and community and in keeping all informed of pertinent social issues, for their advancement.

       Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it. (Viktor E. Frankl) Robert was educated in the Northampton County Public Schools, graduating from Willis Hare High School; class of 1958. He matriculated at Shaw University, where he graduated in 1967; earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Robert served as an educator in the Weldon City School System for 27 years. He was also a Halifax County Certified Driver Education Instructor.

       A true servant-at-heart, Robert was both socially and civically engaged. He served as member of the Northampton County Board of Education; Northampton County Board of Commissioners, for 20 years of which serving as Chairman for 12 years; National Education Association; lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Prince Hall Free & Accepted Mason Pendleton Lodge 497, member for over 50 years and Worthy Patron of Evening Star Chapter 583 Pendleton, for 40 years. Robert also served for over 20 years, as a Funeral Service Attendant, with the staff of T. L. Faison’s Funeral Care, LLC.

       “Upon life’s journey, we are given opportunities to plant seeds of goodness, seeds of kindness, and seeds of blessings that bestow our hearts, our work, and our being. For those that sow the fields with loving generosity, so shall they reap the abundant harvest of eternal life.” On Sunday, August 29, 2021, Deacon Robert Vernon Carter, answered God’s solemn call from earthly labor unto sweet eternal rest, while in the care of Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, North Carolina. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Cornelia Carter and Rockie Lee Stephenson.

       Our family is a circle of strength and love; with every birth and every union, the circle of love grows - every trial faced together makes the circle grow stronger. We who remain struck by the bitter pain of death, but are assured by the promise of God; that He would wipe all tears from our eyes:  his wife, Ida Mae Carter, two children, Debbie Carter Tolbert (Melvin) and Stevie Carter (Sharon); children-at-heart, Carolyn Askew, Antoinette Askew, Lorretta Askew, Sonya Wiggins (William) and Rodney Askew; grandsons, Jonathan Tolbert, Daniel Tolbert and Benjamin Tolbert; great-granddaughter, Mikaya Williams; seven grandchildren-at-heart; his siblings, Bernice Carter, William Carter (Janet), Lucius Carter (Millie), George Carter; foster brother, Calvin Garris; god-daughter, Ebony W. Mundy; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit  Deacon Carter's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family. 


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to the family of  Deacon Robert Vernon Carter.

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September 3, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
T L Faison's Funeral Care, LLC
301 Park Street
Seaboard, NC 27876

September 4, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Zoar Missionary Baptist Church
1250 Deberry Mill Road
Pendleton, NC 27862

Celebration of Life
September 4, 2021

12:00 PM
Zoar Missionary Baptist Church
1250 Deberry Mill Road
Pendleton, NC 27862

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