Jerry Michael Carter, 61, of Big Island, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at his residence. He was born on July 8, 1952 in Bedford; he was the son of the late Walter Russell Carter and Eula Mae Overstreet Carter. He loved watching Virginia Tech play and was a big NASCAR fan and was a good cook. He served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his sister, Joyce Carter Coles and husband, Michael; brother, Clifton W. Carter and wife, Bonnie; daughter, Ashley Danielle Carter; granddaughter; Lylith Carter; niece; Kathy P. Horsley; nephew, Robert W. Phillips and many other nieces and nephews. A gathering of friends was held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.