Hal Dunson Carter

Hal Dunson Carter, 93, of Sacramento, Calif., died Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

He was born in 1927 in LaGrange, Ga., the son of Jesse Thomas Carter and Yula May Smith Carter. His parents preceded him in death.

Mr. Carter graduated from Duke University in 1948 and received a bachelor of science degree in engineering interrupted midway by service in the U.S. Navy. 

He was married to Susette W. Carter for 63 years. They began their married life in 1949 in Charlotte, N.C.

Mr. Carter and his family moved to Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C., and then to Wayland, Mass., where they lived for 35 years and raised their family. 

In retirement Hal and Sue moved first to Jacksonville, Fla., and later to Sacramento, Calif.

He spent six years with Sue living in an extension of their daughter Lisa’s and her husband Jeff Nordlander’s home there. 

Following Sue’s death, Mr. Carter moved to the Chateau, an assisted living facility, located a 5-minute drive from Lisa’s house, living there for the past six years.

Mr. Carter was devoted to his family and especially to Sue, whom he cared for all her married life and especially in later years. 

He loved his daughters and turned Valentine’s Day into Daughter’s Day, writing each of them every year. 

He was adept at separating work from home life, arriving home each evening at 6 p.m. promptly, when the family shared the evening meal together. 

He generally spent weekends at home unless the family went on an outing together. 

Mr. Carter also was always engaged in church activities, including regular worship, Bible study and singing in the church choir. His love of church hymns rooted him in his strong Christian faith. This same faith contributed to his generosity and many contributions to charitable causes. 

In his younger days, sports figured prominently in his life including the Wayland, Mass., Trinitarian Congregational Church team in basketball and softball; these games are well remembered by his children, who watched from the sidelines. 

Mr. Carter also played tennis into his 70s to keep fit. He cared for his home, working hard even to construct a barn for the horse-loving women in his life. 

He loved to sail and owned a 26-foot boat that he kept in Boston and then Florida. He spent many happy sailing hours in Boston Harbor with his daughter Melinda, and weekend trips with Sue on the Cape and elsewhere. 

Mr. Carter is survived by his four daughters, Susette Carter Shiver, Lorna Elizabeth Nordlander, Melinda Carter DeLuca and Oreon Carter Mode; six grandchildren, including Duane Carter Mueller, Jesse Jennings Mueller, Susette Avie Nordlander, Jeffrey Arthur Nordlander, Hannah Perrine Mode and Carter Philip Mode; and two great-grandchildren, Logan Robert Mueller and Ava Laine Mueller. 

Private inurnment took place at Jonesboro Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.

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