Willard Swann "Will" Carter, 69, of Evans, died on Monday, May 20.
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A memorial Eucharist will be celebrated at Church of Our Savior at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, with a reception following.
Carter was rector of St. Phillips Episcopal Church (2004-09) in Hinesville and was a community servant and leader. He served on the board of directors of the United Way, Manna House and Kirk Healing Center. He was president of the Rotary International (2006) and participated in the Reading Across Liberty and Interact Club. He served as chaplain to the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee.
He served the larger Georgia community on the Augusta State University Institutional Review Board committee, as the Cursillo Spiritual Director for the Diocese of Georgia, a mentor at Martinez Elementary School, and an AARP income tax assistant.
Carter spent his formative years in Dandridge and Morristown, Tenn. He attended Morristown High School his freshman, sophomore and junior years and East Tennessee State University his senior year. Will went to Vanderbilt University his first year out of high school and entered the United States Air Force's Airman's Education and Commissioning Program in 1962. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in mechanical engineering while serving in the USAF where he rose to the rank of captain. While working as an aeronautical engineering officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he completed his MBA at Wright State University.
After many years as a corporate professional working for NCR, Westinghouse, Bechtel, International Technology Corp., and Arabian Bechtel Company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Will was called to ministry and attended and graduated from Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in 2004.
From 2009-11 Carter served as interim rector at Church of Our Savior, Martinez, supply priest for several months at St. Timothy's in Kingsport, Tenn., and most recently at Holy Cross in Thomson.
In addition to his wife, Judy, he is survived by their children: Jason Martin Carter (Lee Ann) of Knoxville, Tenn., Shara Lynn Carter of Reston, Va., Luke Wellington Carter (Alysen Marie) of Atlanta; granddaughter, Emari Reece Carter; three sisters, Ann Huckaby (Bill), Frances Potter (Bill), Pattie Hall (Rick) and brother, Richard (Joyce).
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Kirk Healing Center, Manna House ministry and Fraser Counseling Center.
For more information search for "Will Carter" at www.caringbridge.org.
Published in Coastal Courier from May 23 to May 30, 2013