Elbert (JR) Carter, 85, of Sandy Hook, Kentucky passed away at 8:15 pm. at St. Claire Hospital in Morehead, Kentucky on Saturday, February 18, 2022.
Junior was born on January 19, 1938 in Sandy Hook, Kentucky to Elbert & Mary (Stephens) Carter both deceased. On January 25, 1969 he married his wife Jeweline (Judy) and she preceded him in death on October 29, 2021. He is also preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Bernice Bitner (aka Bernie), and Glenna Faye Carter, one brother Johnny Carter, a niece Melinda Carter, brother and sister n law Naaman & Ina Branscum and his Uncle Glen Carter.
He is survived by a son Jerry Carter of Sandy Hook, KY, his daughter Julia Frazier and a son in law Kevin Frazier of Anna, Ohio, grandchildren Jordan & Michael Frazier, Emilie Carter and Kiersten Carter, a step grandchild, Paige Clarkson and a bonus daughter Angela Freeman of Sidney, Ohio. He is also survived by his sisters Wilma (Jimmy) Fraley, Brenda Whitt, Marcella Pavese, Opal Johnson all of Sandy Hook, KY, Judy Frazier of Indiana, Sandy Winkelman of Mt. Sterling, Ky. brothers Carl (Joann) Carter of California and Jimmy (Linda) Carter of Tennessee as well as several nieces and nephews.
Junior spent a lifetime working construction on the highways, basically all of interstate 75 in the state of Ohio. He retired at the age of 60 from the Local Laborers Union 1410 of Dayton, Ohio. He also worked in the tobacco fields from a young age until he retired.
Junior and his wife Jeweline spent twenty years, after they both retired, taking trips on their own and many with their friends of Jett Tours. Junior was known as the “Mayor of the Bus”, a title he held proudly and made sure everyone he met knew he was. Junior always said he had a lot of friends that he met on all their trips.
Junior was known to many as the prettiest man in Elliott County and if you didn’t know that after talking to him you would. He would light up a room, always smiling, always waiving.
Many thanks to everyone over the years that watched out for dad and took care of him especially after his wife’s stroke 4 years ago. Everyone at the local Frosty Freeze (Percy, Angela and the rest of the crew), everyone at the local McDonald’s, the local gas stations and the local dollar stores and the ladies at the First National Bank for his unlimited supply of suckers. He would walk always leave with a handful. A special thanks to Gusta Gumm for taking care of dad after his car accident a year ago. With you he was able to be at home, and still have daily trips to town. A special thanks to the staff at the Life Care Center of Morehead, KY for their care in his final month.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 am. at Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home of Sandy Hook, KY with funeral services following at 1 pm. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Elliott County Memory Gardens in Sandy Hook, KY.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for contributions to help cover funeral expenses with the intention of any excess money being donated to local animal shelters in Junior’s name. If you knew Junior, you know his love of animals and his desire to never to leave an animal hungry. While his wife was in the nursing home, he would sneak the leftovers from everyone’s plates outside to the cats. He would pull his truck over to feed any hungry animals always carrying a loaf of bread in his truck.
Please show up Saturday in your Sunday best, or your Dolly Parton t-shirt, or a shirt from your favorite trip. We want to celebrate the life of Elbert Carter the only way we know how.
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