Richard Carlos Carter (80)
Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Richard Carlos Carter, 80, of Dayton, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday morning, May 25, 2013, at his home. Carlos was born in Wise, Va. on Feb. 7, 1933, the son of the late Claude and Ina Purkey Carter. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Kiser Carter; his son, Richard Carlos Carter Jr.; his brother, David Carter and his granddaughter, Bethany Dianne Clariday.
Carlos was a graduate of Virginia Tech in mechanical engineering. He then earned his masters in mathematics at ETSU, as well as a masters at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He continued his graduate studies in education at UTK.
In 1973, he came to Dayton where he was the business manager and also a professor at Bryan College. In 1981 he co-founded Rheaco Service and was still active in the business at the time of his death.
Carlos was a member and past president of the Dayton Rotary Club, a member of Gideons International and a director since 1995 with the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia. He was a member of Grace Bible Church where he had served as business manager and Elder.
Carlos is survived by his son, Phil (Donna) Carter of Chattanooga; his daughter, Debby (Jim) Conner of Dayton; three grandchildren, Jeff Carter of Red Bank, Tenn., Melanie Carter of Dayton and Scott Carter McCuiston of Dayton; two brothers, Edward (Kazia) Carter of Charlotte, N.C. and Steven (Janet) Carter of Wise, Va.; two sisters, Anita Healey of Saluda, Va. and Diane (Danny) Mullins of Wise, Va. Carlos is also survived by his fiancé, Brenda Fuson of Dayton.
Funeral services for Carlos were held Monday at 7 p.m. at Grace Bible Church with his pastors, Dr. Doug Russell, Rev. David Hobbs and Rev. Joe Runyon officiating. The family received friends at the church after 4 p.m. Monday. He was laid to rest next to his wife, Betty, in Rhea Memory Gardens Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Please share your memories of Carlos on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.
Memorial contributions may be given in Carlos’ memory to Gideons International.
The family is being served by the Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton, Tenn.
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