"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
God saw fit to pick from his garden a beautiful flower. Deaconess Courtney T. Carter born June 7, 1942, departed this life on Friday July 16, 2021. She was the daughter of Sidney E. and Lucille Sims Trent who preceded her in death.
Deaconess Courtney Carter joined the Midway Baptist Church at an early age. There she served very diligently until her health began to decline. Deaconess Carter wore many hats and served in many capacities of the church. Deaconess Courtney Carter served as a deaconess in the church preparing the Lord’s Supper. She was the president of the missionary for many years up until the present. Deaconess Carter became a missionary at a young age, she enjoyed working as a missionary and she learned so much from the missionaries before her. While participating in the missionary services she often went with one or two members and there were times she went alone. One of her favorite slogans was, “Lord send me, I’ll go, if I have to go by myself.” Deaconess Carter also served as the secretary of the Sunday school at Midway Baptist Church.
Deaconess Carter also sang on the many choirs in the church. Some of her favorite songs were, Search Me Lord, Tell the Angels, Remember Me and Just the two of Us. All these songs had a meaning and they prepared her for her heavenly home. She also sang on the convention choir CMEC as well as being a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Deaconess Carter was an extremely hard worker, not at any time did her work interfere with the love for her family. She worked at the Tobacco Factory and Stackpole which then became Carbone of America. Soon after that she decided she would work in the community helping people. She worked as a private sitter and volunteered as a EMT tech for the Cumberland County Rescue Squad.
Deaconess Carter and Deacon Osborne Carter, Sr. were joined in holy matrimony on April 8, 1961. They were married for 60 years. From this union they had seven children, with one daughter Angela Carter preceding her in death. She was a great wife, and she was an excellent mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Deaconess Carter was loved by everyone she encountered. She was a woman that we all learned from, whether it was words of wisdom or simply how to do something.
Over the past four years, she gained a nickname from some of her great grandchildren because they could not pronounce her first name, so they called her Coco, and she was perfectly OK with that.
Deaconess Courtney Carter leaves to cherish her memories a husband, Deacon Osborne Carter, Sr. and six children: Angelo Carter (Roberta), Osborne Carter, Jr., Kim Carter, Catherine Copeland (David), Cassandra Taylor (Lawrence III), and Cynthia Dabney. In 2001, she lost a daughter Angela and gained custody of her granddaughter Latrese Carter Lee. She received double for her trouble, a mom and grandmother, 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, two brothers: Sidney J. Trent, Robert Trent; three sisters: Gertrude Elaine Trent, Sarah Coleman, Ruby Carter; three brother-in-laws: Albert, Jerry, and Terry Carter; one sister-in-law: Eleanor Trent. She also had four siblings preceded her in death George, Gladys, Delores Ann and John Trent; and two living aunts: Edith Sims and Sally Bagley and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and an incredibly special friend, Lucille Burroughs.
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