Charles Bernard Carter, born on November 23, 1930, to William Henry Carter and Mary Alice Johnson Carter, departed this earth and entered into eternal rest on March 7, 2019. The youngest of six children, Charles, also known as "Bunny" or "Charlie", was born in Sycamore, Virginia, and in 1931 traveled north with his parents and siblings to New Jersey to begin a new life.
Charles was educated in the Atlantic City School System and attended Atlantic City Vocational Technical High School. He also contributed to his high school experience by belonging to the AC Vocational Basketball Team. "Two Point Carter" was always one to deliver the shot and contribute to the team until graduating in 1949. It was in high school that Charles learned his lifelong craft of printing. Charles worked in the printing business with Atlantic Advertising and Motley's Press until establishing his own business, Carter's Press. Charles always operated in business and service to the community and surrounding areas with a spirit of excellence. His expertise was often a tool to enhance others' businesses and successful events.
Charles served in the Army's 3rd Division during the Korean War from 1951-1953. He was awarded the United Nations Service Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for those wounded in combat service, as well as The Bronze Star Medal for Heroic Service.
After being discharged from military service, Charles married Doris G. Ward from which three daughters were born: Jodi, Patricia, and Laurie. Charles remained a devoted husband to Doris for 21 years until her passing in 1975. In 1979, Charles married Merilyn A. Williams, and in February, they celebrated 40 years of marriage. Together they created a loving family with the addition of her daughter, Risa and they worked very hard to ensure that they were truly blended. Charles had a heart of gold and a beautiful way of making each daughter feel as if the world revolved around them individually. His love extended to embrace Steve Lominac. Early in Steve's life, Charles became a father figure by providing advice and a loving presence to Steve. Their relationship has remained strong throughout Steve's life. Charles had enough love for all who came in contact with him and his pleasant smile and sense of humor drew everyone, making them feel at home in his presence.
Over the span of his life Charles enjoyed many things, most of which centered around family. Spending "quality time" with his spouse, riding bicycles, sitting by the ocean, bowling, visiting his sisters and brothers and working in his yard, which was admired by everyone who passed by, all gave him pleasure. Supporting his family gave him joy. From watching basketball from ACHS to Ocean City to Germany, visiting DC to listen to the choir and instrumental concerts, watching the choreography and gifts of dance from Kean to NC School of the Arts, saying Amen to preaching everywhere, to boarding Air Force One, he was always there. He stored up treasures of love and showered that love on all he knew.
Charles is predeceased by his parents William Henry and Mary Alice, his siblings William Richard and Samuel Carter, Lucille Coger and Mae Emma Cross. Charles leaves to cherish fond memories his loving and devoted wife, Merilyn; daughters, Jodi Burroughs (Marvin), Patricia Bridges (Audley), Laurie Carter, and Risa Kornegay (Robert); son Steve Lominac (Theresa); grandchildren Marvin A. Sr. (Hollisha), Matthew Sr. (Monica), Darus (Justin), and David; great grandchildren, Marvin Jr., Matthew Jr., Macy, Anai, Elijah and Lucas; brother, Leslie R. Carter (Susie); cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and a village of family and beloved friends.
Funeral services will be 11AM, Friday, March 15, 2019, Faith Baptist Church, 829 Tilton Road, Pleasantville, where friends may call from 9AM. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Pleasantville. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.