James D. Carter, 63, of Cherokee Village died early April 21, 2005, at his home. Born in Craighead County, he lived much of his life in Venture, Calif., before moving to Jonesboro about 15 years ago and then to Cherokee Village two years ago. He was a retired employee of the Jonesboro Human Development Center and was a member of Ash Flat Baptist Church. While living in Jonesboro, he was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Yancey Carter of the home; his mother, Ruby Carter of Wynne; a son, John Carter of Tecumseh, Okla.; two daughters -- Ruby Jean Carter and Tracy Atkins, both of Tecumseh; two step-sons -- Bill Yancey and Edwin Yancey both of Jonesboro; a step-daughter, Teresa Orrick of Horseshoe Bend; a brother, Ray Carter of Paragould; two sisters -- Peggy Wilmoth of Corning and Joyce Overholser of Wynne; six grandchildren -- Samantha Atkins, Lin Atkins Jr., James Atkins, Amber Carter, Taylor Carter and Brennan Ray Carter; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Carter; by his paternal grandparents; Richard and Rosa Carter, and by his material grandparents, Dallas and Victoria Beck.
The funeral was April 23 in Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro with the Rev. Leland Worlow officiating. Burial followed in Ruthford Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Danny Overholser, Tom Jessup, Dallas Carter, Ty Wilmoth, Michael Adams, Larry Yancey and Coy Yancey.
Honorary pallbearers included the men of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.
For lasting memorials the family requests that consideration be given to the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Jonesboro or to Ash Flat Baptist Church in Ash Flat.