George Jefferson Carter|
"A life well lived"
George Jefferson Carter was born to John Joseph and Minnie Clyde Lifsey Carter on December 8, 1929 and passed away unexpectedly on October 21, 2012 in Seattle, WA. He truly lived a full life until the very last minute. He is probably still upset that he didn't get to finish what he wanted to do. On the other hand, he must be delighted with all the dancing and music in the halls upstairs.
George was born in Flint, MI, and raised in Macon, GA. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1947 and volunteered for the Army. After training in refrigeration technology in Texas, George was dispatched to Alaska, where he completed nearly three years of foreign service. After his honorable discharge, he earned his BS in Geology and an MS in Ceramic Technology at the University of Washington. He had multiple publications with the US Bureau of Mines, and one patent. He worked for many years as a ceramic and consulting engineer, and later for City Moving Systems.
He was a loyal, honest, determined, hard-working man and truly a sunny-side up kind of guy. He spoke exactly what was on his mind; you never doubted his opinion. More than once, with a twinkle in his eye, he said, "There's my way, and
there's the wrong way."
A master craftsman with dirt, stone, rock, brick, and cement, his handiwork will long be enjoyed by friends and family. He took great pride in doing something well, and would stubbornly work long hours to complete the job. Then he would go home, take a shower - and go dancing. Folk dancing was an important part of his life for decades, and brought him many friends and much joy. He danced in college, and in classic small-world fashion, one of his professors was the father of one of his current folk dance partners, Hanna.
In 1955, he married Helen Iverson, and they had two children, Jeffrey and Laurie. He is survived by his former wife and good friend, Helen Carter, his son Jeff Carter and his wife Lisa Peterson, his daughter Laurie Carter, his sisters-in-law Mary June Iverson and Edythe Carter, his brothers-in-law W. Keith Percival and George Iverson (Phyllis), his nieces Marilyn Carter Jackson (Jim), Amy Carter Sweat (David) and Kim Iverson Headlee (Chris), and his nephew John Carter (Jessica). He was predeceased by his brother, John Clyde, and his 19-year old cat, Dolly. He is also survived by friends too many to count, and by the greater Seattle folk dance community - particularly Folklanders, Mountaineers, Sno-King International Folk Dance Club, New Caledonians, English Country Dancers, and the Seattle branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
He went the way he wanted to. It was far too soon for those of us who knew and loved him, and we miss him more than words can say. Mark your calendars for a festive celebration of his life on December 8, at the Congregational Church of Mercer Island (4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, WA) from 1-4 pm. Please wear bright colors, and for those so inclined - bring your dancing shoes! For details, call Lisa at 206-499-6085, or email email@example.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Folkdancers, Inc. (PO Box 1944, Woodinville, WA 98072) or the
. Honor George by toasting him with a glass of dark beer, dancing a waltz, volunteering for someone without waiting for them to ask, enjoying life to the fullest, and laughing often.
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2012