Willie L. Carter, Sr., age 89, of Niagara Falls, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday November 20, 2012 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 28, 1923 in Chicago, IL, to the late Thornton and Eddie Lou (Richardson) Carter. He moved to Eufala, AL at a young age to live with his grandmother, where he attended school.
He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama and later joined the United States Navy and served in World War II, where he met and married the love of his life, Annie C. (Jackson) Carter, on January 6, 1942. She predeceased him on January 19, 1993, also at home.
Mr. Carter worked for the Carborundum Company for many years and the United States Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 1982. He also had a TV Repair Service in his home. Willie enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always said "I started this mess so I might as well enjoy it!" He also enjoyed his Tuesday outing of bowling with his friends bowling and also playing pool at the Elks Lodge. He was an avid golfer, pool player, bowler and a fantastic dancer. On various occasions he would swing dance with his daughter, Denise. He bowled a 300 in 1997 and was placed in the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Carter was a humanitarian and had a smile that would light up a room. He always had a kind word and much love for everyone he met. He was a volunteer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he was affectionately called "The Coffee Man." He served on the Board of Directors at the Niagara Community Center, Member of the Odd Fellows, one of the founding members of the Black Employees Club, the group who started the "Poor Folks Luncheon" which was held every year at Tract 2, during the Martin Luther King Holiday.
Mr. Carter is survived by three daughters, Katherine "Kitty" Carter, Denise L. (Carter) Rodgers and Deborah Ann Carter, all of Niagara Falls, NY; two sons, Thornton S. (Kimberly) Carter of Houston, TX and Willie L. (Cynthia) Carter, Jr. of Newport News, VA; sixteen grandchildren, thirty-seven great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by one Goddaughter, Tracey Robin Renford; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Willie also leaves to cherish his memory one very special son-in-law, Bennie Hughes; and two very best-friends, Cecil Perkins and Ruben Mitchell, all of Niagara Falls. He was predeceased by one daughter, Eunice Carter; one brother, Simuel Denmark; two sisters, Niga Denmark and Dorothy Bryant; and one grandson, Terrance Carter.
Friends may call from 5-7 PM on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at St. John AME Church, 917 Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 with the Rev. Bruce Points officiating. Arrangements by Williamson Funeral Home.
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