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Johnny Carter Passes Away

Johnn Carter Mr. Johnny Fred Carter, age 69, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at a local hospital.

Mr. Carter was born in Calhoun, Georgia on June 5, 1947, son of the late Fred Carter and the late Jean Dyer Carter.  He was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun High School and was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Vietnam War.

Johnny was an American musician, songwriter, recording studio owner, and record and TV producer.  In the late 1980’s he created a syndicated radio program called Yesterday in Gospel Music.  In 1988, Johnny formed The Classics Quartet, which traveled professionally for three years, and produced as well as hosted the syndicated TV program Sing To The Lord in 87 markets.  He owned and operated National Recording Corporation for a number of years.  He was inducted to the Tri State Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Shiflett Carter, to whom he was married on August 4, 1975; four sons, Dustin Odom and his wife, Jennifer, Todd Odom, Jeff Carter and Kenny Carter; six grandchildren, Luke Odom, Joshua Carter, Anastasia Ramsey, Veronica Carter, Kaitlyn Eaton and Allison Carter; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Rollins and Lynn Greene; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 12 noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Rodger Whorton, Rev. Mikel Garrett and Rev. Brandon Bruce officiating.  Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers were asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, and include:  Active:  Dave Patterson, Charlie Tinsley, Lamar Greene, Randy Mincey, Lee Burke, Cell Ramey and Hector Navarrete.  Honorary:  Johnny’s many friends and gospel singers.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

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