Marlyn David Carter, 98, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019, in North Charleston, SC.
He was born December 5, 1920 in the Hacklebarney Community of Pierce County, son of the late Herman and Martha Boatright Carter. He was married to the late Catherine Helen Bowen, the daughter of the late James Eldon and Pearl Thornton Bowen.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Jewell Carter Kissane, Thelma Carter Rhinehart and Norene Carter Lynn and his brothers, Alfred, Carlton, Edgar and McCoy Carter.
Survivors include two children, Patricia Ann Carter Gallahorn and Tony Marlyn Carter (Nanette), both of North Charleston, SC; six grandchildren, Karen Allyson Moorer Whipple (Raymond), Jedburg, SC, Pamela Moorer Woods, Pimlico, Moncks Corner, SC; Tracey Kristen Moorer Graham (Sean), Goose Creek, SC, Tony Marlyn Carter Jr. (Meike), Temple, TX, Eric Franklin Carter (Cindy), Wakefield, VA and Brian David Carter, North Charleston, SC; three step-grandchildren, Robert Michael Gallahorn (Donna) and Richard Martin Gallahorn (Jan), Charleston, SC and Olga Maria Gallahorn Odeide, Alexandria, VA; eight great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson and three step-great-great-grandsons; a sister, Martha Sue Carter of the Hacklebarney Community, Pierce County; two sisters-in-law, Nickie Carter Ratliff and Elvera Carter, both of Blackshear and many nieces and nephews.
He grew up on the family farm in the Hacklebarney Community of Pierce County. In the late 1930s, he moved to Folly Beach, SC to live with one of his sisters. There in Charleston he met and married Catherine. They had lived only a few miles apart all their lives in Blackshear. They were married almost 65 years when she passed away in 2007. He worked at the Charleston Naval Shipyard until he was drafted into the Navy during World War II. He was in the hospital in Virginia for 7 months after an accident on his ship. When he recovered from the injury, he was transferred to Cuba and the Caribbean area serving on LSTs where he spent the rest of the war. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to the shipyard in Charleston. He retired at 55 after 36 years as a Sheet Metal Worker on many submarines and ships. Always able to build anything with his hands, he built a den in his home and redesigned and renovated several kitchens in the area for friends and family. He and his family were charter members of Cooper River Baptist Church in North Charleston. In the late 1990s, he developed macular degeneration and was one of the founding members of the Blind Veterans Association in the Charleston, Summerville, North Charleston, Moncks Corner and Goose Creek areas of SC. He lived with his daughter the last 12 years of his life in the Charleston area. He enjoyed his family so much and they all loved being with him and listening to the stories of his life. He loved Western movies and it became very hard to find one he had never seen before. He was very interested in politics and loved having spirited debates. He was an amazing man and is really missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Cooper River Baptist Church in North Charleston.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m, Saturday, June 29, from the Cooper River Baptist Church.
Interment, with military honors, will follow in the Carolina Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his honor to Cooper River Baptist Church, 1059 Crawford St, North Charleston, SC 29405.
Online condolences can be made by visiting www.carolinamemorial.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Carolina Memorial Park Funeral and Cremations of North Charleston, SC.