Rev. Donald P. Carter

Rev. Donald P. Carter
Founded the Rose of Sharon
Christian Center in Fitchburg, Army Vet; 85

FITCHBURG -- Rev. Donald P. Carter, 85, of Fitchburg, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Health Alliance Leominster Hospital.

He was born in Pulaski, VA, on July 17, 1927, a son of the late, George H. and Ethel J. (Harris) Carter.

After his graduation from high school Donald joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and began a long and distinguished career which spanned over 25 years. During his military career he served in the Medical Corps in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and retired with the rank of 1st Sergeant E8. Donald was stationed in the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Panama and Thailand.

Following his retirement from the U.S. Army Donald was ordained into the ministry in August of 1970. From 1971 to 1972 he was an assistant pastor at the Patriots Congregational Church in Ft. Devens and became the Pastor from 1972 to 1984. In 1984, he founded the Rose of Sharon Christian Center on Main St. and retired from there in 1993. Throughout the years in his ministry, Rev. Carter focused on several different areas of counseling. He also volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and was very active in several youth programs.

He leaves his wife of 57 years, Elisabeth A. (Bochorak) Carter; his eight children, Elly M. Dato, Donald P. Carter, Jr., Elisabeth M. Calloway, Debra A. Carter, Evelyn G. Carter, Brenda J. Simmons and her husband, Barry, Masie I. Brown and her husband, Charles and William C. Carter; nine grandchildren, Leslie A. Cosme, Trista R. Harris, Tanya M. Vaughn, Serena Calloway, Ashley E. Brown, Angela N. Brown, Barry E. Simmons, Jr., Tiffany C.E. Carter, Nicholas L. Ridgel; seven great-grandchildren, Jordan W. Cosme, Nia I. Harris, Marcus A. Harris, Nicco W. Cosma, Brandon C. Brown, Illiana A.E. Thayer, and Isaiah Vaughn.

He is predeceased by a daughter, Ethel A. Carter, a brother, Nathaniel C. Carter, and a sister, Arlene G. Crosby.

CARTER -- His funeral will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 AM in the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon at 1 PM. A calling hour will be held prior to the funeral service on Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a .

Funeral Home

Brandon Funeral Home - Fitchburg
305 Wanoosnoc Rd.  Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-4444

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013