Rev. E. Howard Carter

May 19, 1927April 5, 2018
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Rev. E. Howard Carter, 90, of Liberty, died Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Whitewater Commons Senior Living in Liberty.

Howard was born in Keokee, Virginia on May 19, 1927, to James M. and Flossie Barker Carter. He graduated from high school in Mason, Ohio and on September 12, 1945, Howard was married to the former Betty Jane Price in Covington, Kentucky. He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II as Seaman First Class. After he received his doctorate of divinity from the seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio, Howard served in ministry for more than 55 years in various churches. He was a member and former pastor of the Liberty Baptist Church. In his leisure time, Howard enjoyed golf, travel and talking to his many friends.

Howard is survived by his brother: Danny Carter; his sister: Geneva McKeehan; four children and their spouses: David Carter and Debra of West Chester, Ohio; Steven Carter and Michelle of Liberty; Deborah Kline and Tom of Graham, North Carolina; and Patricia Puckett of Centerville, Ohio; daughter-in-law: Marlene Carter of Madisonville, Kentucky; ten grandchildren and their spouses: Melissa Phillips and Danny, Lori Gamblin and Scotty, Amy Camplin and Dwight, Michael Carter and Ildiko, Mark Carter and Heather, Anita Dannaker and Brian, Jason Carter and Shola, Randall Kline and Katy, Kyle Puckett and Chris Puckett; eighteen great-grandchildren: Joshua Mercer, Ashley Earl and husband, Paul; Tyler Gamblin, Cory Gamblin, Colton Camplin and Caitlin Camplin; Allison, Shawn, Madison, Katie, Gracie, Nathan and Oliver Carter; Grace, Faith and Cole Maddox Carter; Aiden and Lochlan Dannaker, Julia Carter and Will Kline; two great-great-grandsons.

In addition to his parents and wife of over 70 years, Howard was preceded in death by his son: Wayne Carter; son-in-law: Rick Puckett; his grandson: Matthew Puckett; a brother: Ed Carter; and a sister: Wilma Doyle.

Funeral services for Rev. Carter will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2017, at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, with Dr. Dennis Riddick officiating. Interment will follow in West Point Cemetery with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 122 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1472. Friends may visit at the funeral home from10 a.m. Monday until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made at the funeral home to the Liberty Baptist Church. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, visit


  • Visitation Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 9, 2018

Rev. E. Howard Carter

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Betty Griffith

April 8, 2018

I have several good memories of my cuz (as he called me). One was when Jim and I traveled to Indiana for his and Betty's 50th wedding anniversary. They were so happy . Will miss your phone calls. Cousin Betty

Sue Lunsford

April 7, 2018

Howard was like an Uncle to me all my life. We did vacations at each other’s homes. I am sorry you left this world for the sorrow of all of us who loved you but I’m elated that you have graduated to heaven to be with Jesus, Aunt Betty & all those gone before. Praying for your family’s comfort at this time of loss.

Till we meet again ,
Nelson & Sue Lunsford

Lori Gamblin

April 7, 2018

Lori Gamblin

April 7, 2018

Bill Slusher

April 7, 2018

Howard Carter was our Pastor when I was a young boy. Our family lived in Mason, OH. My Dad & Mom were close friends with Howard & Betty for as long as I can remember. We spent many hours in their home, our home, & even on vacation together. There are many memories of great times making home made ice cream & trying to catch the ice cream truck on the next block before they left the neighborhood. RIP Howard, you were like a second Father to us. I'm sure the reunion with our parents in Heaven has been an amazing time. I am actually looking forward to seeing you again on.the other side.
Love to you,
Bill & Sue Slusher

Mark Carter

April 7, 2018

There are two verses that I think of when I remember my grandpa:
Matthew 22:37
Proverbs 13:22
The former tells us to love the Lord, which I know he did. I'm pretty sure that anyone who came across his path knew this as well.
The latter talks about leaving an inheritance for your children's children. Many people believe this concerns money, IRA's, 401k's, etc. I believe that it means leaving your family with the knowledge that leads to our eternal inheritance in heaven.
I think he did a great job of this. I think he will hear "well done, son" when he gets to heaven!
Praise Jesus!! Grandpa is home!

Daniel Hillard

April 7, 2018

Howard was always a friend to me. After my dad died, he was like a father. He encouraged us and of course, always wanted to play golf when we could. I regret that I will not be able to attend the funeral. He will always be in our thoughts and the family in our prayers.
Sincerely yours,

Danny HIllard
East Keys Baptist Church
Springfield, IL