Edsel Ford Carter

July 10, 1924February 20, 2013
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Edsel Ford Carter, 88, of Statesville, formerly of Harmony, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Gordon Hospice House. He was born July 10, 1924, in Wilkes County, and was the last of ten children of Dallas and Myrtle Gilliam Carter. He served in the US Army during World War II, participating in twelve battles and campaigns in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, WWII Victory Medal, EAME Service Medal with four bronze stars, American Theater Service Award, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a former deacon for 20 years at Beulah Baptist Church and since 1978, was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church where he filled in for the music director for 30 years. He retired from the United States Postal Service, was an avid rabbit hunter and loved ACC basketball. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death on August 12, 1975, by his first wife, Mary Wood Carter. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Campbell Carter, whom he married on August 13, 1977; three sons, Douglas Edsel (Betty Jo) Carter of Charlotte, the Rev. Daryl Wood (Sharon) Carter of Midway and Mark Edwin (Beverly) Carter of Harmony; two step daughters, Kathy LeStrange (Ray) of Winston-Salem and Cindy Liles (Danny) of Danville, Va., nine grandchildren, Jeremy Carter, Andrew Carter, Chip Carter, Chad Carter, James LeStrange, Chris Blackwood, Danielle Carter McDaniel, Sarah LeStrange, and Lauren Carter; three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral service celebrating Edsel’s life will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, February 23, 2013, with the Rev. Neal Jones and the Rev. Donnie Durham officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Harmony American Legion Post 113. He will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends Saturday at the church immediately following the service. A private burial will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Memorial contributions may be made to Lottie Moon Offering, 3806 Monument Avenue, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767; or to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625. Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony is entrusted with the arrangements.



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February 27, 2013

Doug & family, So sad to hear of your Dad's passing. You are in my thoughts & prayers. I wish we had kept in touch through the years. Hope to hear from you. Love & Prayers, Pamela (Holler)Messick

Marcus Smith

February 26, 2013

Doug, Jeremy, and Andrew,

Your dad/granddad seems like an amazing guy. Would have loved to hear his stories from WW2. You have a lot to be thankful for and I know he will be missed. Crystal and I have you guys and your family in our prayers.

February 25, 2013

Doug, Jeremy & Andrew,

I am very sorry to hear the passing of your father and grandfather. I am sure he will be missed dearly. My prayers are with you and entire familIy.
Alisia Smith, Raleigh NC

Ralph Vaughan

February 25, 2013

Dear Peggy, Doug, Daryl and Mark. I am so sorry we have lost Edsel I'm also sorry Christine and I could not be at the funeral, but I had obligations that could not be cancelled. You all were and are in my prayers.

Robin Rose

February 25, 2013

Doug, Jeremy, and Andrew,
Although never having met Edsel, I know he must have been a great father and grandfather and that you will miss him terribly. My heart goes out to you during this sad time.

Lib Stroud

February 24, 2013

Sorry to learn of Edsel's passing.
My thoughts & prayers are with you.

February 23, 2013

Peggy and family, Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bonnie Weatherman

Marolyn Rogers

February 23, 2013

Dear Peggy,
I am so shocked and sorry to learn of Edsel's passing. You both have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard just this past week of his illness. Please know that you and the entire family will continue to be in my prayers. Love you,
Marolyn Templeton Rogers

Brooks Scurry

February 23, 2013

Doug, Jeremy, Andrew, I am sorry for your loss and am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

February 23, 2013

Peggy, Sorry to hear about Edsel. I enjoyed the time I had with both of you.