Husband: The late William H. Carter, Sr.
Mother: The late Maebelle Baker Evans
Father: The late Tom Evans
Education: Lanier County Public Schools, Valdosta Technical School
She retired as an instructor with Behavioral Health Services, State of Georgia.
Mother Mary Alice Evans Carter was born to Deacon Tom & Mother Mae Belle Baker Evans on February 29, 1944. She gave her life to Christ as a child in a church started by her parents in their home, Evans Temple Holiness Church, Lakeland, GA. As one of the founding members of Evans Temple, Mary worked tirelessly in the church as a teenager holding the office of Secretary and she sang in the choir.
Mother Carter later became a member of New Bryant Missionary Baptist Church, Lakeland, GA. As a member there she sang in the choir, drove the church van and taught vacation bible school. She enjoyed the many church trips and retreats over the years with her church family. She had a kind spirit and giving heart; turning away no one who was in need. She always kept a pot on the stove and welcoming smile on her face. It was her joy to make everyone feel special and like family.
Mother Carter was preceded in death by the love of her life, Mr. William H. Carter, Sr., two children (Oliver L. Smith and William H. Carter, Jr.), her parents Tom Evans & Maebelle Baker Evans, and three grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish her memories and perpetuate her love three sons: Johnny Smith Jr. (Pennie), Germany; Kelvin Smith Sr., Lakeland, GA; William Christopher Carter, Naylor, GA; two daughters: Yoma Carter-Russell(Render), Atlanta, GA; Melleny Carter, Lakeland, GA; two step-daughters: Jacqueline Carter, Tampa, FL and Vivian Coleman (Quinn), Durham, NC. She leaves many laughable and loving memories to her 26 adored grandchildren and 14 treasured great-grandchildren. Four sisters-in-law: Eva Evans Jones, Newark, NJ; Joan Evans, Philadelphia, PA; Vernell Carter, St. Petersburg, FL; Ernestine Carter, Tampa, FL. Three brothers-in-law: Rev. Don Carter Sr. (Arletha), Naylor, GA; Ernest Carter, Naylor, GA, and Mike Robinson, Naylor, GA. Aunt and Uncles: Ben Carter (Carrie), Lakeland, GA; Mrs. Lola Mae Carter, Naylor, GA; Rev. C. L. Carter, St. Petersburg, FL; John L. Carter; Gainesville FL; Jim W. Carter; Lakeland GA. Special nieces, Shirley McWhite, Austell, GA and Mellentine Glover, Decatur, GA and nephews Richard Anderson, Decatur, GA and William Anderson, Rochester, NY.
The homegoing celebration for the late Mrs. Mary Alice Evans Carter will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00AM from the sanctuary of New Bryant Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeland, GA.
Interment will follow in the Charles Knight Cemetery in Lakeland, GA.
Public viewing will be held Friday, April 4 from 10:00am - 8:00pm at Godfrey Funeral Home.