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Carter, William Arthur

February 26, 1921 - April 19, 1996
Son of the late Henry and Lillie Ann Roundtree Carter
Married: Essie Mae Horton Carter
August 3, 1946
Children: William A. Carter, Jr. Jacquelyn Carter Allen Gloria Carter Ward Donald R. Carter
6 grandchildren 8 great-grandchildren

William Arthur Carter was born and raised in Johnston County in a little community known back then as "Bloodfield." As a young boy "Arthur" attended Sunday School and worship services at all the community churches. Around age 11, he joined Bethel Holiness Church in Kenly. He attended Kenly School through the sixth grade. At the age of 23 Arthur joined the US Army and served his country for 3 years before receiving an honorable discharge in 1945. In 1946 he married Essie Mae Horton and together they had four children.

Arthur has always been a hard worker and prided himself in providing for his family. He worked many years for Charles Hinnant as a plasterer and foreman. Later in life his career led him to HI-IB Jeffrey Company & Precision Wall Plastering Company. Arthur retired from plastering in 1981; but he continued his working career.

Arthur joined the staff at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in 1991 where he worked part-time as janitor, repairman, plumber, and general handyman. When he wasn't on his regular schedule and he was needed for a repair job or an emergency, he was usually just a phone call away.

Arthur retired from the museum in late 1993. In February 1994 he moved to Waldorf, MD to live with his daughter and son-in-law. There he spent his leisure time fishing and gardening. He especially liked the long country rides to find "fishing holes" and tell his family of his adventures.

Tobacco Farm Life Museum Board of Directors gratefully dedicates this page in memory of Arthur Carter as a token of our appreciation to his years of service and dedication to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. We love and miss you -- but God loves you best.

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