Mrs. Doretha D. Carter, daughter of Patsy H. Hammond and Oscar Dickerson, was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., on March 7, 1937, and entered her eternal resting place on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

Doretha was preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Hammond; father, Oscar Dickerson; brother, Thomas Dickerson; and sister, Maybelle Barnes.

Doretha moved from Rocky Mount, N.C., to Richmond, Va., in her early childhood, where she attended school in the Richmond City Public System. She went on to receive her General Educational Diploma and later received her LPN license from the Richmond Technical Center. She worked at Retreat Hospital and Richmond Community Hospital as a LPN nurse until her early retirement.

Doretha gave her life to Yahweh as a young adult and she joined Refuge Temple Assembly of Yahweh, where she served faithfully as a Missionary and as a member of the Senior Choir for many years. She was known for her opera-style soprano voice, and if you had the opportunity to hear her sing two of her favorite songs, "Amazing Grace" and "Time is Winding Up," you would know right then how much she loved Yahweh.

Doretha was a friend and a prayer partner to many people. She always had encouraging words to share with others. And if the encouraging words wasn't enough she would take the necessary time needed to pray with them.

Doretha was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was married unto her death to James S. Carter; out of this union there are five children: Antonio Carter, Evelyn Carter, Pamela Carter, Olando Carter and Jamie Carter. She unashamedly and taught her children to reverence and love Yahweh, and she compelled them to pursue a personal relationship with Him.

Doretha leaves to cherish her memories her husband, James S. Carter; three daughters, Evelyn Carter, Pamela Carter and Jamie Carter; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sons, Antonio Carter and Olando Carter; two sisters, Rosa Lee Taylor and Dorothy P. Staples; one brother, Norman Dickerson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held noon Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Refuge Temple Assembly of Yahweh, 512 N. 1st St., Richmond, Va. Interment will to follow at Maury Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at the church.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Carter at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,

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J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2012