James Floyd Carter, Jr.
August 5, 1947 - August 1, 2013
James Floyd Carter, Jr. was born on August 5, 1947 in Gallatin, Tennessee to the late Floyd Carter and Pearl (Bledsoe) Carter. After battling a courageous battle with cancer, he went peacefully home to be with the Lord on August 1, 2013 surrounded by his wife and several close friends.
James (or Floyd) attended Gravel Hill Elementary School, a one room schoolhouse in the country. He flourished there and learned academics, as well as, life skills. He went on to graduate from Union High School in Gallatin at the top of his class. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Floyd went on to further his education by graduating from San Bernardino Valley College with an AA degree in Business Administration and from California State University San Bernardino with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration.
He married Joan Bryant in June of 1970. They had one son, James F. Carter, III. They lived in San Bernardino, CA for 22 years. This past June, James and Joan were blessed to celebrate their 43rd anniversary.
Floyd accepted Christ at a young age. As a member of Key Stewart United Methodist Church in Gallatin, he and his dad were baptized together in a river. Floyd was blessed to have several positions working for the United States government and a private company as a budget analyst, supervisor and consultant. This required Joan and him to move several times. With each move, the first order of business was to find a church home. Not only did they find a church home, but they began to work right away.
One of the greatest blessings that Floyd gave was himself. He never met a stranger. He would talk to anyone about anything for as long as there was time. When Jimmy was young, he used to get irritated when his dad would talk to strangers at the gas station and leave his mom and him waiting in the car.
When Floyd learned of his illness, he was not afraid. His faith and trust in God was so strong. He often said, "I am concerned but I am not worried". He never complained but continued to do as much of the work God had for him to do as he could. He will truly be missed but God needed him more than we did.
James F. Carter, Jr. leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Joan; a loving son, James F. Carter III of Hawthorne, CA; a loving grandson, Jalen E. Carter of Hawthorne, CA; a devoted brother, James (Betty) Bledsoe of Little Rock, AR; devoted sisters-in-law June B. Butler of San Bernardino, CA and Audrey (Haywood) Gilliam, Sr. of Alameda, CA; a devoted nephew Haywood (Estela) Gilliam of Oakland, CA; a devoted niece Stefanie (Michael) Poole of San Jose, CA; a host of devoted and loving nieces, nephews, family and friends throughout the United States, including the Jones/Herbert Family, The Benjamin Lincoln Family, The Tolbert Family, The Kingdom Warriors, and the entire Allen Temple AME Church Family.
Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family. www.sosebeefuneralhome.com 770-479-2131.