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JOHN AUSTIN CARTER, 92, died peacefully Friday, August 16, at his home in Linville, N.C., following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his wife Boots and his family. Mr. Carter was born June 23, 1921 to Bessie Briggs Carter and Samuel Travis Carter in Salisbury, N.C. He was predeceased in death by his sister, Julia Carter Gooch and his brother, Samuel Travis Carter, Jr., and by his son, John Austin Carter Jr. He is survived by his younger brother, Paul W. Carter, who lives in Salisbury. Mr. Carter was married to Lucille Manning Barbour (Boots) from Charlotte N.C., with whom he raised seven children. They have 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Their children are: Lyn Carter Hadden and her husband David, John Austin Carter, Jr. (deceased), Janet Stickley Brady and her husband Chris, Mimi Stickley, Jennie Stickley Fry and her husband Dan, Wendy Stickley Fowler and her husband, John, and Gwin Carter Barr and her husband Matt. Mr. Carter was an entrepreneur who founded several businesses in North Carolina. Mr. Carter was active in his community, serving on both the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and the City Council. He was the founding chairman of the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also sat on various education, church and community boards. He was the 1988 recipient of the William B. Shingleton Distinguished Service Award, Duke University. Mr. Carter was a devout Christian and a proud American who was committed to preserving our country's founding principles. He was an avid sportsman, physically active until days before his death. He enjoyed golf, boating and fishing, and was particularly proud of his tennis achievements, including winning a doubles' tournament at the age of 86. Contributions in Mr. Carter's memory may be made to Crossnore School, P.O. Box 249, Crossnore, N.C. 28616. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Carter family. Online condolences may be made to www.summersettfuneralhome.com
Published in the TC Palm on Aug. 20, 2013