Lilian Ann Carter

July 5, 1936April 24, 2021
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Lilian Ann Carter, 84, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021, at her home. She was born July 5, 1936, to Thomas and Grace Higham in England. She was a nurse, and a Civitian. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and taking care of her grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 4:00 P.M. Monday, April 26, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Tony Brown and Minister Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

She is survived by four sons, Martin Valente, Mike (Cheryl) Carter, Paul Carter and Larry (Rhonda) Dunlap; two daughters, Donna Reese and Judy Dunlap; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Carter; 16 grandchildren, Leslie, Justin, Kyle, Devin, Drew, Candace, Kason, Kristin, Kaci, Brandi, Brittany, Erica, Falisha, Ashely, Colt and Josh; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Carter; two sons, Gary Carter and John Carter; one daughter-in-law, Cindy Carter; and one grandson, Carter Reese.

Pallbearers are LC Taylor, Brandon Taylor, Jason Taylor, Troy Taylor, John Stewart, Jim Jones, Colton Fitzsimmons, Dr. Dukes, Andrew Bone and Cayden Corbin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.

Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

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  • Martin Valente, Son
  • Mike Carter (Cheryl), Son
  • Paul Carter, Son
  • Larry Dunlap (Rhonda), Son
  • Donna Reese, Daughter
  • Judy Dunlap, Daughter
  • Cathy Carter, Daughter-in-law
  • Leslie (Will), Grandchild
  • Justin (Brooke), Granchild
  • Kyle (Edie), Grandchild
  • Devin, Grandchild
  • Drew (Christy), Grandchild
  • Candace (Kevin), Grandchild
  • Kason, Grandchild
  • Kristin, Grandchild
  • Kaci, Grandchild
  • Brandi (Harold), Grandchild
  • Brittany (Tom), Grandchild
  • Erica (Jim), Granchild
  • Falisha (Teddy), Grandchild
  • Ashely, Grandchild
  • Colt (Paige), Granchild
  • Josh, Grandchild
  • Gerald Carter, Husband (deceased)
  • Gary Carter, Son (deceased)
  • John Carter, Son (deceased)
  • Cindy Carter, Son (deceased)
  • Carter Reese, Son (deceased)
  • Ms. Carter leaves 28 Great-grandchildren to love and cherish her memory.

  • LC Taylor
  • Brandon Taylor
  • Jason Taylor
  • Troy Taylor
  • John Stewart
  • Jim Jones
  • Colton Fitzsimmons
  • Dr. Dukes
  • Andrew Bone
  • Cayden Corbin


  • Visitation

    Monday, April 26, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Monday, April 26, 2021


Lilian Ann Carter

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Linda Finch

May 2, 2021

Sending all my sympathy and prayers. We will always remember going to the Gulf Coast with the Carter family back in the good old days for the Civitan convention. All our love, the Finch family

Janette Taylor

April 26, 2021

Mike, I was sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May God bless your family now and in the days ahead.



Lilian Ann Carter was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Lilian always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Lilian was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Lilian was born on July 5, 1936, at Hackney South East in Hackney South East, Metropolitan Borough of Hackney. Her parents were Thomas and Grace Higham. Lilian was raised in Metropolitan Bourough of Hackney, England. Always able to express herself well, Lilian possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Lilian was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      As a young child, Lilian showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Lilian enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She took part in Tennis.

       Lilian was attentive to Gerald's feelings, and she charmed Gerald and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Lilian was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Lilian identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Lilian was blessed with seven children, five sons; Martin, Mike, Paul, John, and Larry; and two daughters, Donna and Judy. They were also blessed with 17 grandchildren, Leslie, Justin, Kyle, Devin, Drew, Candace, Kason, Kristin, Kaci, Brandi, Brittany, Erica, Felisha, Ashley, Colt, Josh, and Carter.

      Lilian was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Lilian’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Lilian was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Lilian could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was as a Nurse.

      Lilian enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were stamp and coin collecting, crossword puzzles, and taking care of grandchilderen. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Because she liked to take risks, Lilian was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. She was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Lilian played Tennis. Recreational sports included Tennis. Lilian was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Tennis.

      Lilian was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Lilian worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout her later years, Lilian was an active member of the Civitans.

      Lilian held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member of Zion Rest Church of Christ.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Lilian truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Biloxi Beach.

      Lilian was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Lilian’s favorites was Bailey, Jasmine, and Max - Rescue Dogs. They were best friends for Bailey- 14 years Max - 9 years Jasmine - 12 years.

      Lilian passed away on April 24, 2021, at her home in the Hills Chapel Community. Lilan fought a brave battel with cancer. She is survived by four sons; Martin Valente, Mike Carter, Paul Carter, and Larry Dunalp; two daughters; Donna Reese and Judy Dunlap; one daughter-in-law; Cathy Carter; Sixteen grandchilderen, Leslie, Justin, Kyle, Devin, Drew, Candace, Kason, Kason, Kristin, Kaci, Brandi, Brittany, Erica, Falisha, Ashely, Colt, and Josh; and 28 grandchildren. Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home. Lilian was laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

      Lilian was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Lilian had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Lilian Ann Carter.