Ollie Winford Carter, 88

by | March 29, 2016 11:36 am

Funeral services for Ollie Winford Carter, 88, of Wadley were held Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Wadley Baptist Church with Reverends Tom Harrison, Gene McCoy and Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Wadley Baptist Cemetery. He died Monday, March 21, 2016 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Ollie Winford Carter was a native of Surrency and valedictorian of the Surrency High Class of 1945. He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Georgia with a BSA degree in agricultural education. He later earned two master’s degree in agricultural education and school administration. Carter came to Wadley in 1950 as a vocational agriculture teacher at Wadley High, where he taught for 14 years. He was an FFA alumnus and an honorary FFA State Farmer. Carter served as superintendent of Jefferson County Schools for 20 years from 1965-1984. He was a deacon and member of the Wadley Baptist Church, and Carter taught the Livingston Sunday School class for 35 years. He was a member of the Stonewall Lodge Number 98 for over 50 years and was a life member of both the Georgia Retired Educators and the American Legion. Carter served in the United States Navy, and he was also a volunteer mission worker, participating in several mission trips through the Georgia Baptist Builders, the Hephzibah Baptist Association and the Jimmy Carter work project with Habitat for Humanity. These mission trips involved mission work in Panama, Mexico, Jamaica and several states. Carter served as scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts for several years, and several of his Scouts earned the coveted Eagle Scout Award. Carter was a member of Gideons International and a member of the Jefferson County DFACS Board. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Hall Carter.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Glenn Carter (Becky) of Hinesville and Gary Carter (Barbara) of DeLand, Fla.; one daughter, Carol Justice (Graham) of Wadley; four grandchildren, Robert and Rebecca Carter and Sydney and John Carter; one brother; and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Bobby Brett, Lintorn Brett, Charles Smith, Wynder Smith, Benjie Leaptrott, Dr. Dudley Gunn, Bobby Weeks and Bill Cooper. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Wadley Baptist Church, members of the Livingston Bible Class, Kenneth Kelly, J.D. Smith, Frank Gordy, Dr. Molly Howard, Dr. Gardner Hobbs, Farris M. Hudson, Herman Baker and Isaiah Thomas.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gideons International or the Wadley Baptist Church (P.O. Box 759, Wadley, GA 30477).

Smith Funeral Home of Wadley was in charge of arrangements.

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