Timothy Neal Carter Timothy Neal Carter died peacefully in Panama City, Republic of Panama, following a brief illness. Born on April 15, 1958, Tim lived much of his life in and around New York City, N.Y. He is survived by his parents, Sam and Willa Carter; and his sisters, Lee Ann C. Dillion, Lynn and husband, Forrest Burton, Mary Katherine and husband, Willard Turpin, and Kim C. Nickens, all of Danville. Tim is also survived by several nieces and nephews, Laurie Ann and Joey Scearce, and Austin and Evan; Jonathan and Stacy Dillion, and Carter Lee; Matthew and Lauren Turpin, and Caiti and Hallie; Emily Burton; Jake and Lisa Turpin , and Elliott and Selah; Bethany Dillion; Sam Burton; and Chaz Nickens. Tim's life was marked by great spirituality, an unending pursuit of knowledge, and a love for people and animals. Tim made a profession of faith at an early age, and joined Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. The recipient of several merit scholarships, Tim studied at Ferrum College, Randolph-Macon College, which included a semester abroad at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France, Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University, where he studied Theology, and, later in life, New York University, where he received a Master's Degree. Highly sought after for his skills in communication, his varied career included serving as an editor for a subsidiary of Time magazine, doing charitable work, most notably in Poland, where his efforts saw him honored by the Catholic Church, and teaching and serving as a translator both at home and abroad. A world traveler, he never failed to send souvenirs or pictures, be it a photo of himself standing in front of the Taj Mahal in India, or a candle, burned from the flame in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Tim was also profoundly interested in American history, spending time as a guide at historical sites associated with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and researching his own family's connections to the Jamestown Colony, the settlement of areas in southern Virginia, and the Civil War. Tim had a number of lifelong friends, including his nephew, Jonathan, with whom he was especially close. He also had a love of dogs, and during his life he owned many Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and, at the end of his life, a Bull Terrier. Those who knew Tim well became lasting friends and appreciated him for his great knowledge and his wonderful sense of humor. Anyone wishing to honor his memory may do so by remembering him fondly and keeping his family in their thoughts and prayers. At this time, a memorial service will be planned at a later date.
This obituary was originally published in the Danville Register & Bee (Danville, VA).