~ OBITUARY ~
Maxine L. Carter passed away on September 30, 2020 after a lengthy battle with various health issues. She is survived by four children: Mel Carter (Jackie) of Las Vegas, NV; Russ Carter (Barbara) of Yazoo City, MS; Carly Self (Jerry) and Dee Dee Rounds (Ben), both of Theodore, Al. Her late son's widow, Dixie Carter; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her older sister, Fay Evans; her eldest son, Charles Carter; And her loving husband of 63 years, Russell L. Carter.
~ HUMBLE BEGINNINGS ~
Maxine Louanna Moore Carter was born to Edith Evelyn King Moore and James Oliver Moore on December 22, 1926. She was the 2nd of 7 children. At the tender young age of 13, due to the untimely death of her mother, all 7 children were displaced in various orphanages and foster homes. This resulted in Maxine being separated from the 5 younger siblings, however, she and her older sister remained in close contact. In fact, Maxine accompanied her sister and her family in their move from New York City, where she had lived since 1944, to Washington, Iowa in early 1951. When eating at the local diner, she met her future husband (co-owner/cook). Maxine married Russell Carter one year later on December 9, 1952.
~ SPIRITUAL HERITAGE ~
Maxine began studying the Bible in early 1958. Later that summer Russell and Maxine, along with 4 children, traveled to NYC to attend the 1958 International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses. On Saturday, they mistakenly sat in the foreign language section at Yankee Stadium. Although not understanding one word, they recognized they had found the truth from God's Word. Six months later, Maxine, Russell, and eldest son were baptized as Jehovah's Witnesses on January 24, 1959 in a horse trough located in the middle of the auditorium. Within a few months, Russell was appointed as one of the congregation servants, and due to a lack of brothers, Maxine was used as the territory servant, because she knew how to read a map.
She pioneered from the early 60's until late 1967. November 1969, Russell and Maxine accepted the invitation to move to Yazoo City, MS to serve where there was a greater need for Kingdom proclaimers. Despite the challenges of turbulent times known for that era, they faithfully fulfilled this assignment by trusting in Jehovah. In 1992, they moved to Mobile, AL, where they remained until their deaths.
Although Maxine passionately loved sewing, cooking and baking, her greatest love was preaching in the door-to-door ministry and studying the Bible with individuals. It was her joyous privilege to have assisted numerous ones to an accurate knowledge of God's Word.
She was never shy about expressing her scriptural convictions. Her strong conviction in God's promise for a new world (Revelation 21:1-4) and faith in the resurrection hope (John 5:28,29) sustained her to endure through the years faithfully until her death!
~ HER LEGACY ~
Inspired by "The Dash" poem, Maxine wanted her "dash" between the dates, December 22,1926 - September 30, 2020, to have real meaning. She may have lost her family when young, but she gained an international spiritual family as a result of coming to know the true god, Jehovah and his son, Jesus Christ. To say that Maxine Carter will be missed is an understatement. Maxine will live on in the hearts and minds of her beloved family and her treasured friends until the resurrection in God's New World.
We wish to express our deepest gratitude to our dear friends for your virtual hugs, phone messages, sympathy cards, comforting words and heartfelt prayers in our time of sorrow. We thank you for your acts of kindness that will strengthen and support us in the days ahead. May Jehovah bless you!
~ The Family ~
**Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a virtual memorial for Maxine Carter on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2pm. Music/Slideshow presentation prelude starting at 1:40 pm.... Brother Dwayne Morvant officiating
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