John H. Carter, Jr.
was born in Elyria, Ohio on Dec. 8, 1941 to the late Mrs. Minnie I. Swiney and Mr. John H. Carter, Sr. He transitioned from his life on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Compassionate Care Center in Jackson Township. While he did not have a designated church home, he was a spiritual man who believed in and embraced the teachings of the Christian faith. He held private conversations with the pastors, including his Uncle Wayne, as he assessed his life at home through personal reflections and religious growth. Johnny, the name by which he is remembered, attended Martin Elementary School, and McKinley High School. His work record was varied and ranged from employment at Mergus Restaurant, Republic Steel, and the Timken Company. During his work career, he owned a gas station on 6th Street NE and later, a night club called 'Johnny's Place', on Cherry Avenue NE. Johnny was a US veteran who served in Vietnam from 1963-1966 in the tank division.
He is survived by Beverly Carter, his wife of 53 years; their children, Leon G. Carter and daughter-in-law, Jackie Carter of Massillon, Ohio, Thomas G. Carter and Susan Darlene Carter, both of Canton, Ohio. He leaves five grandchildren, Ashley Carter, Gabrielle Carter, Thomas John Carter, Beverly Ann Carter, and Bashawn Carter. He also leaves five great-grandchildren, Lazzon Robinson, Jasmine Watkins, Jaylon Carter, Jaida Carter, and Thomas John Carter. Johnny is survived by two sisters, Dr. Carol Carter-Lowery of Bloomfield, Conn. and Ms. Shirley Ann Averitte-Perry of Canton, Ohio. Three other persons are included as family members, Jeffrey Henderson of Columbus, Ohio, Jonathan Henderson of Wooster, Ohio, and Pamela Henderson of Long Beach, Calif. Of the 11 children who comprised the original Carter family, Johnny is survived by three family members, Mrs. Mary Hill of Elyria, Ohio, Mrs. Virginia Harris of Omaha, Neb., and Reverend Wayne Cater of Fairfax, S.C. John H. Carter, Jr. leaves a host of nephews, nieces, and extended family members and offers a special thanks to all persons, especially Tony Marshall, Eugene Hayes, Katy Tyson, and Earnest Sheeler; who assisted him during the final stages of transition. The Carter family confirms that he was a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend.
The cremation of his body was entrusted to Rhoden Memorial Inc., 729 Cherry NE, Canton, OH 44702 on March 9, 2013. A Commemorative program will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at his home in Canton.
Published in The Repository on Mar. 16, 2013