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Charles Jefferson Carter was born on December 27, 1952. The first-born son to the late Ernest Carter Sr. and the late Lucille (Coleman) Carter, of Marianna, Arkansas. Charles was the first of seven children in this union. As the elder son, Charles, and his younger brother of 2 years, would run errands to help their mother when home duties kept her too occupied.
Charles accepted Christ as Lord and Savior at the early age of 14 years in 1966, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Marianna. He had been known for putting the care and protection of loved ones above his own. In the Boy Scouts of America, Charles was awarded as the first black Eagle Scout in the eastern area of Arkansas. Charles’ work ethic during his high school term aligned him as being trustworthy and dependable for being a bus driver, safely ensuring other students ride to school.
He graduated from Lee Senior High School in Lee County, Arkansas in 1970. Charles moved to Kansas City, Kansas following graduation. Afterward, he applied and got accepted to the Bell and Howell Institute of Electronic Technology in 1971. After completing studies at Bell and Howell, Charles was employed with Xerox Corporation, exercising his knowledge as an on-site technician. Even while establishing a career, the exploration of social life came into place when Charles met and joined in matrimony with the late Roberta Fisher in 1973; through this union, one son was born, Jason Billy Carter in August 1974.
There was also a period of years when Charles dedicated time to the United States Army National Guard. The Idea and passion of exhibiting and exploring the science of electronics and electricity led to Charles’ investment into starting an electronic company of his own named ‘Tech-One’. Through ‘Tech-One’ Charles was able to impact the lives of many; including having consideration to allow price discounts on high-profile electrical work whenever there was a difficulty for clients to pay. It was during the era that the marriage of Charles and Roberta ended. Several years later, Charles met the late Kimberly Gross; having no children in the union; the two decided to involve themselves in temporary additional employment with the postal service.
Charles and Kimberly both joined New Hope Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Pastor David L. Carter, Charles’ brother. The membership of Charles and Kimberly remained with New Hope even though their marriage ended with Kimberly later moving out of state. More than a decade later, Charles’ health started to become a challenge for him, prohibiting him from doing fluent work in his company; but before he became generally homebound, he managed to take a trip to the west coast (Southern California) to visit relatives. Just as there were health issues, God’s grace just as well abound for Charles, because through God’s mercy he was blessed to rise above different episodes and levels of illnesses. Charles has made numerous accomplishments in his life’s journey; even in death, he was considered a trailblazer amongst his siblings. Charles departed this life on November 21, 2022. He leaves behind one son: Jasen Carter of Lawrence, Kansas; Kerri Carter (former daughter-in-law); six siblings: David Carter (Gloria) of Kansas City, Kansas; Ernest Carter II of Berkeley, California; Harold Carter (Ramona) of Southern California; Paula McElroy of Kansas City Missouri; Peggy Staner (Tom) of Olathe, Kansas; and Robert Carter of Kansas City, Kansas; A host of Grandnieces, Grandnephews, 3 Granddaughters, Nieces, Nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.