RESCUE - Laura Hines Carter Stanley, 97, Rescue's oldest native citizen, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in her home. Born Dec. 16, 1914, in Rescue, she was the daughter of the late Ola Dews and Ernest Franklin Hines.
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In addition to her parents, Laura is preceded in death by two husbands, William Clayton Carter and John V. Stanley; sons, Warren Lee Carter and William "Billy" C. Carter Jr.; two sisters, Dora "Deanie" Powell and Celestia Minga; and brother, Ernest "Little Pokey" Hines.
Laura was the oldest birth member of Rescue Friends Church and was a longtime and oldest member of the CB Club, Newport News, as well as the oldest member of Brown's Travelers, Windsor, with whom she enjoyed many of her adventures. After 35 years of service, she retired as a switchboard operator from Continental Telephone Company, Smithfield.
A beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, Laura is survived by her daughter, Faye C. Kitchen of Rescue; two sons, Ronald D. Carter and his wife, Fran, of Surry, and Jerry L. Carter and his wife, Linda, of Carrollton; two daughters-in-law, Betty Carter, of Hobbsville, N.C., and Jo Carter, of Rescue; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; and two faithful companions, Oreo and Miss Daisy.
Laura loved music, dancing, traveling throughout the United States and Europe, flowers-especially roses, fashion, shopping, and most of all being with her family and her two cats. She was a fearless adventurer who wouldn't hesitate to get on a roller coaster and was even once observed zipping around in a go-cart at the ripe age of 95. It has been said that she and her partner were always the first ones on and the last ones off of the dance floor. Whether it was she or someone else driving, all that had to be said was "Let's go!" and she was the first one ready to leave and most often the last one standing at the end of the day. Despite her great losses, she had an exuberant love of life and enjoyed it to its fullest. Always humbled by living through the Great Depression, she never forgot the hard times with its struggles and was often the first one to lend a helping hand to someone in need - be it family, friend, neighbor, or stranger.
She will always be remembered for her generosity, compassion, sense of humor, style, feisty and determined spirit, and especially her strength, which not only carried her through many difficult trials in her life but was the sustaining power which carried those that she loved through theirs.
Family and friends will gather for visitation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Colonial Funeral Home. A service celebrating Laura's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the funeral home with the Rev. Carl Cuthrell and the Rev. E. James Herzog officiating. Burial will follow in St. Luke's Memorial Park.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Isle of Wight Animal Shelter, c/o Chief Sullivan, PO Box 80, Isle of Wight, VA 23397 or Rescue Friends Church, PO Box 87, Rescue, VA 23424.
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, Va. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012