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William James CARTER Jr.

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CARTER, Jr., William James 1982---2013 Where there was a Will, there was a way. On Friday, September 13, William Carter Jr.'s life was tragically taken from him just as he had gained a firm foothold on a positive and productive direction. After years of obstacles, he was not only succeeding but excelling -- emotionally, physically and professionally. In addition to becoming an influential figure in the insurance world, he was enjoying regular golf games with his Dad, constant support from his Mom, visits with his 8-year-old daughter Lilly and working 12-hour days at a business he started from scratch. William James Carter Jr. was born Oct. 7, 1982 in Phoenix, Ariz. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Orlando where Will acquired a love of the ocean and a passion for surfing. His family moved to Atlanta in 1998. Will attended the College of Charleston for two years and worked a variety of jobs over the next 10 years, during which time he acquired the wisdom borne only out of experience. He was the president and CEO of Georgia Select Insurance Co. in Marietta where he had grown the business to five offices and 30 employees in just four short years. Will was the recipient of many second chances and he strongly believed he was protected by a higher power. He had the never-ending support of his family and friends who helped him realize his full potential. He dedicated his business to providing refuge to others wanting their own second chance. He was eager and enthusiastic to hire those also needing a leg up and had become a significant mentor in the recovery community. He had a kind heart and showered love upon his family's many dogs. Extremely well-coordinated and athletic, Will played football and baseball in high school and was physically fit throughout his life. He was a skilled skateboarder, wake-boarder, surfer and snowboarder, often perfecting complicated tricks in just three attempts. Will was known for driving to the coast during hurricane season to chase the biggest swell and he traveled to Costa Rica multiple times to ride the formidable waves. He was most at peace while floating on his surfboard in the tumultuous sea. Will will be remembered as fearless, funny and affectionate, charismatic and considerate. A tender caretaker, he often took his Aunt Dee to her chemotherapy treatments before she died and he spent his last Thanksgiving alone with his grandmother, Jimmie Jean Carter, wheeling her around the neighborhood and sharing a catered feast only months before she passed. He was a good listener and friend to a posse of first cousins and always wanted to offer assistance or advice when he could. They listened, too. His positive energy inspired and motivated many - inside and outside the family. Will is survived by his parents, William James Carter and Caro Chisholm Carter of Marietta, his sister Kelle Carter Bruno (Keith) of Durango, Col., and his daughter, Lillian Armin Papapietro of Birmingham, Ala. Other survivors include aunts and uncles: Jean Fisher of Memphis, Tenn.; Belfield and Ethel Ware Carter of Atlanta; Susie and Billy Chisholm of Savannah; and cousins: Kelly Fisher of Nashville; Suzannah Ragen (Dan) of Greenwich, Conn., John T. Fisher III of Memphis; Nicholas Carter (Julie) of Bishop Ga.; Gilbert Carter (Mary Reid) of Macon; Eleanor Carter of Baton Rouge, La.; Belfield Carter III (Nicole), Carter Hurst Deaderick (Michael), John Hurst (Heather), Dee Hurst Johnson (Gavin),and Caroline Chisholm, all of Atlanta and Kappy Chisholm (Jerome) and William Chisholm (Nikki) of Savannah. Will is predeceased by his uncle John T. Fisher of Memphis, his aunt Dee Carter Hurst Petters of Atlanta and his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Belfield Carter of Atlanta and Mr. and Mrs. William W. Chisholm of Savannah. There are also his cousins' 18 children who will miss his huge hugs and bright, warm smiles. Will did not know the meaning of the word "quit." Where there was a Will, there was a way. He was a kindred spirit who lived life on his own terms, causing those close to him question their own limits. He will continue to live in our hearts and his legacy will live on within the stories and benevolence of those who love him. If you would like to send a memorial in honor of Will, please contact The Surfrider Foundation, PO Box 6010, San Clemente, CA 92674, https://secure.surfrider.org/page/contribute/surfrider_memorials. Or donate to the organization of your choice. A memorial service to celebrate Will's life will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. at All Saint's Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30308. A reception will follow. Arrangements by Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 18, 2013
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