Whitney B. Carter

Whitney B. Carter died on October 28, 2018 in Memphis, TN. He was 89 years old. Mr. Carter was born in 1929 in Louisiana and lived most of his youth in McAlester, OK. He was avidly involved in Boy Scouts and was attending Oklahoma A&M when his National Guard unit was called up to serve in Korea in the 25th Infantry Division. While serving in Korea he earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Following two years in Korea, Whitney was selected to attend Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA where he met his future wife Medora Shadden. They married in December 1954 and moved to Stillwater, OK where Whitney completed his Mechanical Engineering degree. Whitney was hired by Tennessee Eastman in 1958 were he spent his career. He was transferred by Eastman to work for three years at Ectona in Workington, Cumbria, England and he travelled often to Germany and China for Eastman. Following his work in England he reenlisted with the National Guard. He was very proud of his military service. Whitney was also a self-taught woodworker. His woodworking skills were exceptional and exacting and he added many beautiful improvements to their homes. Whitney's Carter ancestors long hailed from Vernon, FL. His grandfather was Benjamin Franklin Carter and his grandmother was Ellen Blue Carter who had 11 children. Two of his favorite relatives were his father's brother and sister, Uncle Woodrow and Aunt Irene. Whitney and his brothers spent many summers at his Uncle Woodrow's farm in Louisiana. We have traced the family back to about 1806 where they had a farm in Vernon. Whitney and his wife lived in Kingsport for 53 years until they moved to Memphis to be near family.

He is survived by Medora Shadden Carter, his wife of 64 years, and four children – Laura Carter Maddocks, Catherine Carter Mire, Dr. Peter Carter and Ernest Carter. He is also survived by daughter-in-law Khanh Carter and five grandchildren - Laura Mire, Eva Carter, Winston Carter, Ryan Carter and Joe Carter.

Fare thee well Dad. Take good care of him Uncle Jimmy. He has missed you so these many years. Internment of his ashes will take place sometime next spring at Arlington National Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Humane Society. Email condolences may be left at [email protected]
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Dec. 12, 2018