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Funeral services set for Joseph Carter Sr., father of baseball's Joe Carter

Funeral services for former Major League Baseball star Joe Carter Jr.'s father, Union City native Joseph David Carter Sr., who died Sept. 20, will be Tuesday at Millwood High School field house, 6724 Martin Luther King Ave., Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: September 23, 2012
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Joseph David Carter Sr., father of former Major League Baseball star Joe Carter Jr., died Sept. 20. He was 82.

Services for Carter Sr. are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Millwood High School field house, 6724 Martin Luther King Ave. Viewing will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Carter Sr. was born June 19, 1930, in Union City. He was a three-sport star at Booker T. Washington High School in El Reno. He spent many years working for Conoco Oil and was one of the first blacks to own his own Conoco fuel station franchise, which was located at NW 6th and Robinson in Oklahoma City.

He and his wife, Athelene, were well known in the metro area for what became known as “the Carters' legacy”: their 12 children.

Carter Sr. was a regular at numerous sports activities for each of his children who attended Millwood. He and Athelene celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Sept. 17 in Oklahoma City.

Survivors include his wife, Athelene; sister, Betty Ruth Palmer; 11 children: Clarence Carter, Charles Carter, Charlette Wyckoff, Patricia Myles, Lenise Carson, Carolyn Emmett, Joe Carter Jr., Larry Carter, Frederick Carter, Darlene Carter and Teresa Ford; 46 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services are under the direction of Howard-Harris Funeral Home.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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