Minister Nancy Ella Richardson Carter, was born on January 16, 1925 in Warren County, North Carolina to the late Reverend Charlie Horace and Hattie Richardson. She peacefully departed this earthly life July 3, 2018 at the age of ninety-three.
Minister Carter spent her formative years in Nash County, North Carolina and graduated from Nash County Training School, which later became Nash Central High. After high school, she was employed as a healthcare provider until she met and married her lifelong Army soldier, Archie “Gable” Carter. They loved the opportunity to live on various Army posts, later returning to Hollister where they enjoyed raising eight children.
Minister Carter joined Pine Chapel Baptist Church at an early age and was a faithful member until she moved her membership to join her husband at White Rock Baptist Church. Minister Carter was called by God and ordained to preach the gospel in February 1993. Combining her faith in Christ and love for reading, she served as an Associate Minister for more than twenty years. She was also mother of the Missionary Board, a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Senior Choir. Minister Carter remained a faithful and dutiful member of White Rock. She lived a life of service to God through preaching and missionary work.
Minister Carter served as a board member on the Hollister Reach and Community Organization. Until her health declined, she was dedicated to serving others, often referred to as “Mother Carter” by many while giving spiritual advice and words of encouragement. She poured herself into being a loving wife and mother serving as a spiritual mentor and leader to her entire family. Minister Carter approached decisions in prayer and taught her children to seek God’s wisdom. From dressing up for church (in her beloved white suits) to writing hand-written thank you notes, she encouraged her children to reach for excellence in every aspect of their lives.
Minister Carter loved worshipping with her church family, singing “Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John”. She enjoyed preparing home cooked meals (especially her homemade biscuits, potato salad, and jacks), spending time with family, planting fruit trees and flowers, gardening and canning. But, her first love was Christ.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Archie, one son, George, and five siblings, Thomas, Tabitha Lucille, Mae Berl and Mable.
Her precious memories will linger in the hearts of: her two daughters, Elaine Pearson (David) of Hampton, VA and Hattie Richardson (Larry) of Hollister, NC; five sons, Tony Carter (Vickie) of Wilmington, NC, Conrad Carter (Terri) of Willow Springs, NC, Terry Carter (Melanie) of Raleigh, NC, Robert Carter (Brenda) of Hollister, NC and Earnest Carter (Carla) of Bowie, MD; twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; one brother, Earnest Richardson (Arnie) of Hollister, NC; one aunt, Leomi “Pattie” Richardson of Rocky Mount, NC; sister-in-law, Dorothy Louise Spruill of Hollister, NC; brother-in-law, Robert Davis (Gerri) of Cambria Heights, NY; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended sons and daughters, many other relatives and friends.