Mr. Russell Edward Carter, Jr., age 86, died in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday morning June 12, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.
Russell was born on October 18, 1931 to the late Russell E. Carter Sr. and Mamie (Goodwyn) Carter in Franklin, West Virginia. He married Maria del Carmen Vasquez-Bruno on May 25, 1968 while stationed in San Antonio, Texas where they ultimately made their home with daughters Patricia (Cha-Cha) and Kizzy. His wile, "Mi Corazon" preceded him in death on January 18, 2016.
"Carter" as he was affectionally known, enlisted in the United States Army in September 1952, with his mother's urging. During his enlistment he fought in the Vietnam War; served in Germany and Various stations throughout the United States. He received several commendations and awards including the bronze star with oak cluster leaf and a purple heart. Sergeant First Class Carter retired in 1973 with an honorable discharge after 20 years of proud and faithful service to our country.
Carter was a hard worker and held various jobs alter leaving the military. He especially enjoyed his time at Jefferson Davis Middle School, which he always stared kept him young being around the students. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching football, traveling to Mexico and working on his various projects especially his trucks. Being around Carter always made you feel good because he was always in good spirits and happy. He had a giving heart and welcomed all people into his life without judgment.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Carter Harris and Catherine Alexander; and his brother, Bernard Carter.
Carter leaves to cherish in his memory sons, Russell E. Carter, III, Toledo, OH, Randall (Wanda) Carter, Toledo, OH; daughters, Renita Taylor, Toledo, OH, Regina Carter, Atlanta, GA, Patricia Dunn and Kizzy Carter-Garcia; son-in-law, Jose Ramon Garcia all of San Antonio, TX; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; along with many wonderful memories with brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.
Carter will be missed by all who loved and knew him.