ALMOND - Wayne H. Carter, professor emeritus of floriculture at Alfred State College, died Friday (Oct. 18, 2013) at 91 at the Bath V.A. Medical Center.
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Born Aug. 5, 1922, in Industry, Pa., he was the youngest son of Ray Josiah and Ada Vine Carter and resided in Waterford, Pa., for most of his childhood. On June 16, 1945, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, the late D. Edna Nye Carter.
Wayne attended Edinboro State College before entering the U.S. Army in 1943. Through the Army Specialized Training Program, he then attended Antioch College and Purdue University. He served as a sergeant in the infantry in the European Theater and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Good Conduct Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theatre Ribbon and the Purple Heart. After discharge from the Army, he attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in horticulture. He attended the University of Buffalo and earned a master's degree in floriculture at the University of Illinois.
He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Pi Alpha Xi Floriculture Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and Chi Gamma Iota National Veterans Honorary.
In 1953, Wayne and Edna moved to "Diaper Hill" in Alfred, where he began teaching at Alfred State College and later became a chairperson of the floriculture department at Alfred State College. In 1966, he originated the first Floriculture Flower Show and Open House at Alfred State College, which continued annually for several years. Retiring from teaching in 1978, Wayne operated a small engine sales and repair business, Ariens of Alfred-Almond, from his home in Almond.
Always active in the community, Wayne was a member and past elder of the Union University Church of Alfred; a lifetime member of Andover Lodge No. 558 F&AM, of which he was a past master and past district deputy grand master; and a member and past patron of the Kanakadea Chapter No. 626, Order of the Eastern Star in Alfred.
In 1998, he received the Daniel O'Keefe Memorial award for dedicating more than 900 hours of service to the Comstock Hospice.
Through all his accomplishments, Wayne will be remembered for his abiding faith, many lasting friendships and the everlasting love he held for his wife and family.
Wayne is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Douglas (Kathleen) Barber of Bradenton, Fla., and Mrs. Dean (Patricia) Humbert of Almond; a son, Ray E. (Christina) Carter of Williamsport, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Krista (James) Knowles of Round Hill, Va., Kevin Barber of Richmond, Va., Siri (David) Burin of Greer, S.C., Cherity (Timothy) Allen of Almond and Brian, Lindsay and Michael Carter of Williamsport; and six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Harrison, Elle, Renee, Eva and Austin Carter.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Charles Carter of Erie, Pa.; and his sister, Thelma Taylor of Waterford.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service may be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union University Church, 29 N. Main St., Alfred, NY 14802; or to Comstock Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Oct. 22, 2013
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