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George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2812 North Highland, Jackson, TN

OBITUARY

Gloria Ann McCarter

September 13, 1937November 6, 2019
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Gloria Ann Barber McCarter beloved mother and wife was born on September 13, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee and died November 6, 2019 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Nathan McCarter,Sr., her parents, Thomas Vaughn Barber, Jr. and Robbie O’Hearn Barber. She is survived by her brother Thomas Vaughn Barber, III of Olive Branch, MS, children; Thomas Nathan McCarter, Jr. (Susan) of Fort Mill, SC, Kevin Vaughn McCarter (Shannon) of Alamo, TN, Kendall Webb McCarter (Sherri) of Jackson, Todd Robinson McCarter (Jennifer) of Jackson, and nine grandchildren (Cole, Ben, Nolan, Julia, Lauren, Kade, Miles, Kathleen, Todd) whom she adored. Gloria was raised in Memphis and often talked about how wonderful it was to grow up there while it was still a relatively small city. She loved her years at Messick High School and made lifelong friends during that time. When she was a senior she ran for student council and as a part of her campaign she organized a concert in the gymnasium with a young Elvis Presley. It landed her in a lot of hot water because Elvis was not very popular with the school administration but she did get elected. After graduating from Messick in 1955, she attended the then Memphis State College where she was a voice major. After college she began working at the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in the advertising department. It was there that a handsome young Arkansas farm boy came in to place an ad to sell some calves. While he didn’t meet Gloria that day, he did see her from across the room and he went home to Marion and told his dad he saw the girl he was going to marry. It took a while to get her attention but he finally managed to convince her to go on their first date and from there they began a relationship that would stand the test of time. They were married at St. Matthews Methodist Church in Memphis on June 15, 1957 and had a love affair that lasted 58 years until Tom’s passing in 2015. Soon after they were married, Gloria gave birth to her first of four sons. They lived in Marion and Tyronza, Arkansas before moving to Jackson in 1967. Gloria focused most of her time raising her four children but did have a professional career as well. She worked as the administrative assistant for the ministry Young Life of Jackson. Later, she helped open the Merrill Lynch branch office in downtown Jackson. As office manager, Gloria worked with customers and made sure their stock transactions on Wall Street were executed correctly. She worked at Merrill for nearly 20 years until her retirement in 2000. Gloria couldn’t sit still for long and loved to be around people. Her friends meant the world to her and she looked forward to Friday lunches with the girls. As a lifelong Methodist, Gloria was faithful in her spiritual walk and was an example to those around her. She was a member of Northside Methodist and for many years volunteered in the church office on Fridays. Gloria was a wonderful hostess and enjoyed having friends and family gather for meals and fellowship. She loved to cook and was known for many of her delicious recipes. She, along with two dear friends, even formed a catering company called Creative Caterers. They catered hundreds of weddings and events large and small in Jackson for many years. Gardening and having a beautiful yard were Gloria’s favorite pastimes. She loved to spend her days working in the yard and making her home lovely. She had house plants that were over 45 years old and could nurse even the sickest plant back to health. After losing her beloved Tom, she moved to Elmcroft Assisted Living and quickly found a new home there and became a vibrant part of the community. She was even selected as Ambassador and helped give tours. Gloria lived her life to the fullest, always seeking meaningful relationships with those around her. She died in peace knowing that she was surrounded by her friends and family who loved her dearly. The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Elmcroft for the love and care Gloria received while there. Also a special thanks to Lula Phillips, who cared for her in such a meaningful way when the needed it the most. Services for Gloria will take place at Northside Methodist Church in Jackson. Visitation will begin at 10am. The funeral service will follow at noon. Family and friends are invited to a reception beginning at 2pm at the McCarter homeplace.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 9, 2019

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Glenda Tapp Hodge

November 9, 2019

I just loved Gloria and so did my Mom, who also sat at her table at Elmcroft. After eating they would sit for another hour just talking and laughing. My Mom recently had to move to a nursing home and missed Gloria terribly, but they stayed in touch through cards. I'm so glad I visited Gloria on the 4th. She was feeling really bad that day but we were able to have a short conversation. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out. Mom and I both send our prayers to your family.

Lula Phillips

November 9, 2019

The joy of being around Mrs Gloria always helped brighten my day as well as put a smile on her face.
I will miss that big beautiful smile & big heart. We often thank God for connecting us together.
My prayers & love forever be upon The McCarter family.

Ann Shearon

November 8, 2019

Mrs. Gloria was a wonderful friend to my mom at Elmcroft Assisted Living. She sat at my mom's table and offered friendship, encouragement, and a sweet spirit. She often spoke of her family when I visited at mealtime. Prayers for your family during this time of loss and in the coming days as you miss Mrs. Gloria! ❤❤🙏

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