Jerry Carter, 80

Jerry was born the seventh of eight siblings to Isham Hiram Carter and Grace Tyre Carter in Baxley, GA on June 27, 1937. His mother died at an early age in child birth, leaving his father to raise eight young children.

After a few years the family moved to Jacksonville and the younger children were raised by the older siblings and their spouses. Jerry lived with his sister Doris and her husband Elmer Murray. They loved and treated him as their son.

He entered Southside Grammar after arriving from Georgia and was placed in Mrs. McNeal’s sixth grade class. Mrs. McNeal made a big impression on his life as a student. From there he went to Swain Memorial and graduated from Landon High School in the class of 1956. Later he attended Jacksonville University.

He worked for a short time with Prudential Insurance before going to work with Sunnyland Packaging Company of Thomasville, GA. Jerry worked his way up from a truck driver to becoming an account representative. Many years later, he joined Kinco Window Company in 1972, retiring in 2005 as Vice President of Sales after 33 years of service.

Jerry enjoyed being on the water, racing stock cars, NASCAR, NFL and College Football as well as golf. He was a member of the National Association of Homebuilders, Queens Harbour Country Club and Queens Harbour Yacht Club. Jerry enjoyed life to the fullest, loved with all of his heart and cared tenderly and deeply for his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Isham and Grace Carter, brothers, Elvin “Sonny”, Frank, and James Carter, sisters, Doris Murray, Maude Golding, Katherine McClain and Barbara Brewer.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, Esther Lairsey Carter, three children, Sharon Oliphant (Tom), Carolyn “Lynn” Morris (Jack Disher) and Lisa Davis (Jeff), five grandchildren, Brittany Venegas (Rod), Andrew Morris (Karlyn), Matthew Oliphant, Ryan Morris and Amelia Acuff, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jerry leaves us with memories that bring laughter and warmth to our hearts. He was happiest when spending time with his family and friends.