PAUL WILTON CARTER
December 11, 1930 – September 10, 2018
Paul was born on December 11, 1930, in Richmond, Virginia, to John Paul Carter and Evelyn King Carter. Married in 1950, he and his wife, Margurite, spent more than 68 years raising a family and making a wonderful life together. A Korean War era veteran, he served in Japan as an airman in the Air National Guard of Texas. He graduated from Lynchburg College in 1964 with a BA in English Literature and he attended Seminary at Southern Methodist and Duke Universities. In 1952, Paul followed his calling to spend more than 35 years as a Methodist Minister.
Paul began his ministry in the Texas conference. He and Margurite then moved to Virginia where he served several charges. They finally made their way to Louisiana, Margurite’s birthplace, where they remained and served many different churches until Paul’s retirement. After retiring, they moved to Arkansas to be near their daughter, Diana.
In addition to his talents as a minister, Paul was an accomplished carpenter and auto mechanic – skills he used to help the many congregations that he served. He loved fishing and flying, building several boats over the years, and earning his private pilot license in an airplane that he restored. Always an active and dedicated member of the many communities where he lived, he often volunteered as a fireman and ambulance driver.
Paul died peacefully at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Little Rock, AR on September 10, 2018, at the age of 87. He was a remarkable man, kind and generous, with a deep love of family, a commitment to his communities, and a passion for his ministry. He will be missed by many.
Paul is survived by his wife, Margurite Ruth Carter (née Reeves); his son, Mark Allen Carter, his daughter Diana Ruth Ladmirault; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and his sisters, Jacqueline Woltman and Rebecca Mebert. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Stephen Paul Carter.
Paul was cremated and his remains will be buried in the Jackson Cemetery in Jackson, Louisiana, on June 29, 2019.