Francis Lee Carter, 83, of Hardin, passed away at home Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Francis was born Feb. 15, 1930 in Lexington to Henry and Alta (James) Carter. Francis attended Lexington Public Schools graduating in 1950.
On June 18, 1950, Francis married Doris Hackley. During their 62 years of marriage, they were blessed with six children, 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Francis spent most of his working years as a Meat Cutter for A&P and S&N grocery stores. After retirement, he continued working part time for Harold’s in Richmond and Lexington. He served the Hardin community as Scoutmaster of the local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers, and was a member of the Hardin-Central School Board, Hardin Optimist Club, and as Hardin City Mayor.
Francis is survived by his wife, Doris of the home; George Carter (son) of Lee’s Summit and children Christopher and Jan Carter of Wichita, Kan. and Seth and Sandra Carter of Wichita; Gary (son) and Dianne Carter of St. Joseph and children Nathan Carter of Mexico, Mo., Cory and Sara Carter of Mexico and Jennifer Carter of St. Charles, Mo.; David (son) and Teresa Carter of Williamsburg, Va. and children Chad and Dina Carter of Virginia Beach, Va. and Melissa Carter of Chesapeake, Va.; Jeff (son) and Beth Carter of St. Louis and children, Ross and Amanda Carter of San Antonio, Tex., Anne, Ruth and Bruce of the home. Other survivors include, sisters Ruth Crossley of Independence, Mary Francis Johnson of Independence and Jo Anne Oster of Richmond; brothers, Charles Carter of St. Louis and George Carter of Tampa, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Francis was preceded in death by two children, Fonda Jean Carter (daughter) and Francis Nolan Carter (son); his parents, Henry and Alta Carter; sisters, Cora, Helen, Sally and Alta (Pee Wee) and brothers, Ira, Frank, Earl, Wilburn, Elmer, and Henry (Pete).
Francis was a long standing member of the Hardin United Methodist Church where he served as a Chairperson of the Administrative Counsel, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, and a Sunday School Teacher.
A memorial service will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Hardin United Methodist Church.
The family suggests memorials to be made to the Hardin United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 342, Hardin, MO 64035 or NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care, 2900 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, MO, 64116.