Carter, Eddie & Bessie Small


A husband, Eddie Carter and a wife, Bessie Small Carter, passed from among us in the same conference year of 1993-1994. It seemed befitting to several of us that they should share this memorial space together just as they had shared their life of the itinerant ministry together.
Eddie Carter was a product of Bayou Goula which across the years gave leadership impetus to many otherwise black and impoverished persons who decided that they wanted to make a contribution to the world in which they lived.
Bessie Small Carter was born into the Methodist tradition through the Small family which was steeped in the Wesleyan faith for over 100 years. Marriage to young Eddie simply gave these two a viable sense of service through the appointments they served at Hahnville, White Hall, St. Matthew, Ray Avenue and Mother Wesley in New Orleans which cradled the inception of the early Mississippi Mission Conference and where one of the last acts of former Conference B was held, marked by a large plaque affixed to the walls of Wesley Church which carries clergy names including that of Eddie Carter.
Bessie Carter left us in September of 1993. Eddie Carter, after more than 40 years of marriage went on the be reunited with his beloved Bessie in February 1994.
District Superintendent Carole Cotton-Winn officiated at Brother Carter’s funeral assisted by Dr. Robert F. Harrington, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1994, p. 248 By Dr. Robert F. Harrington

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