Deva Leslie McCarter

October 19, 1919October 12, 2020

Mr. Deva Leslie McCarter, 100, died on Monday, October 12, 2020 in the VA nursing care facility in Columbia, S.C. The family is thankful for the excellent care he received there. He was a Marine and served in World War II.

Mr. McCarter was born on October 19, 1919 in York County, S.C., son of the late William Jackson McCarter and Etta Melton McCarter. He grew up in Rock Hill. He graduated from Winthrop Training School and attended the University of South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Elizabeth Inman McCarter, and eight brother and sisters. He is survived by two sons, Bobby McCarter of Murrells Inlet, S.C. and Brian McCarter of New York, NY; two daughters, Leslie Avant and husband Dan of Columbia, S.C. and Melinda Streett and husband Ken of Florence; seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. He loved his family and made countless sacrifices for them. Mr. McCarter started his career as a pitcher playing minor league baseball. He played for the Palmetto State League in Florence. They called him “Devastatin’ Deva.” He coached little league baseball in Florence for many years. He worked with the Atlantic Coast Line railroad from 1941 to 1984. He served as local chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The men that worked with him on the railroad were his closest friends. He wrote a book about his life on the railroad called, “God Bless the Railroad Man.”

The love and care that Mrs. Helen Poston showed to Mr. McCarter over the years is greatly appreciated by the family.

A private family memorial service will be held in Mount Hope Cemetery. The service will be conducted by Rev. Brad Bird of River City Chapel, Columbia, S.C.

Mr. McCarter was a member of First Baptist Church in Florence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 South Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501.


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Billy Haselden

October 19, 2020

Deva was an inspiration to every railroad man , he was always there to help and guide you in the right direction . He will be sadly missed by everyone . I know he is ringing the bell and blowing the horn upstairs , Clear signals all the way my FRIEND .

J.K. McKenzie Jr.

October 16, 2020

Another of the Greatest Generation gone. My Dad spent 44 years on the railroad working with Deva and I worked there for a few years as well. Deva was good to me while I worked there and my Dad thought a lot of Deva. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Todd Tyner

October 16, 2020

Mr. McCarter was my Little League baseball coach, by far my best and favorite. He had a perpetual smile that, I think, came from a sheer love of baseball and of life in general. Members of the team would regularly congregate at his house on Franklin Drive and play ball in his side yard. And there was always the hope that his beautiful daughter, Leslie, would come out and be a part of the festivities. Good times worth remembering and sharing.

Joe O’Connor

October 16, 2020

Leslie, Dan,
Please know you and family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time . Leslie your father had a rich and meaningful life. I grew up
in Florence and my father worked closely with yours as a trainman conductor and were great friends and respected him tremendously.
Reflect on so many wonderful memories!

Every Blessing !
Joe O’Connor


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