Richard Burke Carter, Sr., 84, of Trent Hatchery Rd., Appomattox, died Friday, June 13, 2014 in Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the loving husband of Bolling Conner Carter for 62 years.
Richard was born in Appomattox County, on January 28, 1930, a son of the late Bessie Morris and Thornton Randolph Carter, Sr. and raised on their general farm. He attended the public schools in Appomattox County. Upon graduation from Appomattox High School, he entered V.P.I. and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education in 1951. Being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserve, he was called to active duty in July, 1951. Richard served as an administrative officer with one year of duty with the 5th Air Force in Seoul, Korea. Upon release from active duty in 1953, he enrolled in a master’s program at his beloved V.P.I. where he was awarded a Masters of Science Degree in June, 1954. His professional experience included teaching vocational agriculture for nineteen years and serving as a director of Vocational Education. In 1980 he was appointed Assistant Superintendent for Administration for Appomattox County Public Schools. Upon retirement from the Appomattox County Public Schools, he accepted an appointment to coordinate the Tech Prep Program for Region 2000. In this position he helped frame the articulation of Technical programs between high schools and Central Virginia Community College. He served as an Adult Sunday school teacher and a deacon in the Grace Hills Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, R. B. Carter, Jr. and wife, Brenda of Lynchburg and Beth Carter Bertenshaw and husband, Steve of Manchester, U.K.; two granddaughters, Emily and Anna Carter of Lynchburg; a sister, Virginia C. Wells of Knoxville, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers, Edell, Tudor, Aubrey, David, Ernest, Willis, Bill, Thornton Jr., and Lawrence Carter and a sister, Ola Morris.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Grace Hills Baptist Church by the Rev. Adam Tyler. Burial will follow in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with military rites accorded by American Legion Post #104 and V.F.W. #9855 combined honor guard.
The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider memorials to Grace Hills Baptist Church Benevolent Fund, P. O. Box 807, Appomattox, VA 24522.