The Rev. Abram V. Carter, 85, of New York, formerly of Waynesfield, went to see the Lord on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, surrounded by his family and sweetheart of more than 60 years, Mary Lou (Justus).
He was born June 9, 1927, in Waynesfield, to the late Hattie (Miller) and Everett Carter.
He is survived by a brother, Merle (Helene) Carter, of Waynesfield; and a sister Lucy (Rex) Claybaugh, of Cridersville.
Abram graduated from Waynesfield High School, served in the U. S. Army during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1947. He then went on to graduate from a two-year technical school in Chicago.
On Nov. 24, 1952, Abram married a fiery redhead who was the love of his life for more than 60 years. They had six children, Vickie Brady, Deborah MacWhorter (James), Cheryl Carter, Mary McAllister (Dennis), Nancy Kostarellis, and Abram D. Carter; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Abram moved his family from Ohio to New York, where he and his wife, Mary Lou, attended and graduated from Elohim Bible Institute on June 17, 1969, with bible theology degrees. Abram served as pastor of the Adrian Baptist Church with his wife beside him for many years, while working full-time.
While in New York, Abram worked for Cyrus Eaton as a maintenance and mechanic supervisor at Acadia Farm in Northfield, and as a supervisor and mechanic at Nordonia High School. He also worked for many years maintaining and rebuilding the equipment at Argentieri Brothers Inc. as director of maintenance.
Abram will always be remembered for his abiding faith and love for his family. He loved to play euchre and was rowdy when it came to playing with his children and grandchildren.
He had a distinctive and audible laugh that was infectious. He took time for anyone who needed help and offered them encouragement.
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