Harry Henderson Carter, 95, passed away Friday morning, November 15, 2019 at Indywood Glen Person Care Home in Greenwood, MS.
Harry was born on July 29, 1924 to William Fanning Carter, Jr. and Russell Henderson Carter in Sardis, Mississippi. He joined his beloved wife, Jean in Heaven on November 15, 2019. Harry graduated from Sardis High School in 1942. He was the first in his class to volunteer for military service, but due to high blood pressure was turned down by every branch of the military. So he searched for a job and then spent his entire career in the hardware business, first with Orgill Brothers in Memphis, TN, then moved to Greenwood MS to become President of Henderson & Baird Hardware Company. He retired from that position in 1996. Throughout his career, he and his wife, Jean, met many wonderful lifelong friends through the hardware business, and Harry was a highly respected colleague to many in the hardware business.
Harry met his wife, Jean while working at Orgill Brothers in Memphis. They married in 1947 and soon moved to Sardis when Harry was promoted to salesman. They raised their children in Sardis and relocated to Greenwood in 1980 when Dad became Sales Manager of Henderson & Baird Hardware. He received many promotions and retired as President in 1997.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife Jean in 2010, his parents and siblings Joe Louis Carter, Virginia Louise Carter and William Fanning Carter, Jr. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda Lyn Arnold. He is survived by his daughter, Lyn Arnold (Jimmy), his son, Charlie Carter (Judy), grandchildren Jim Arnold (Kathy), Greg Arnold (Meg), Jenny Herron (Jason) and Megan Miskel (Justin). He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Meredith Arnold, Preston Arnold, Mason Wilkerson, McKay Herron, Rob Arnold, Ashley Arnold, Miranda Miskel, Loren Miskel, Marshall Miskel and Sam Arnold.
Harry had a long and successful life. He was a Deacon in several Baptist churches, a long time Sunday School teacher and a mentor to many in the church and hardware business. His was a life well lived. We are grateful to have had him our lives and are happy that he is reunited with Jean and his Savior, Jesus. His last instructions to us were to raise our families to love the Lord and serve Him.
Dad would not have been able to stay in his home without the support of his fabulous neighbors, Vicki and Lolo Lubiani, Buddy Thompson, Terrell and Peggy Cobb, Barry and Nancy Bouchillon and many others who often checked on him and brought food. Our family deeply appreciates all the love and care Dad received from these precious friends.
For the past several years Betty Allen has been Dad’s rock and ours. Her love and compassionate care for Dad has just been amazing. We love her and will never be able to thank her for her devotion and exceptional support. The family would also like to express their deep and heartfelt appreciation Lue Ella Donley, Tywone Thomas, Shanka Summerville and LaQuitta Tabor for their loving care of Harry over the last several months. Dr. Henry Flautt and his staff, Sunflower Home Health and particularly, Jessica have also supportive and provided excellent care and we are grateful to them.
Pallbearers: Jim Arnold, Greg Arnold, Preston Arnold, Jason Herron, Justin Miskel, Rob Arnold, Mason Wilkerson, Lolo Lubiani
Honorary Pallbearers: Polly Mitchell, Buddy Thompson, Quinton Perry, Jan Veherage
Services will be held at the Greenwood Delta Funeral on Tuesday, November 19 with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. with Dr. Joe Pate officiating. Graveside services will be held in Sardis, MS at Rosehill Cemetery at 3 p.m. with Dr. Paul Husband officiating.
If you would like to send a memorial, please send them to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Wounded Warriors or a charity of your choice. The family appreciates your prayers and expressions of sympathy.
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