Sunday’s Obituary: Dorcas Elizabeth Carter

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Obituary as posted in the Sun Journal, New Bern, North Carolina
Dorcas Elizabeth Carter, 96, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 26, 2009, at Commonwealth Assisted Living in Hampton, Virginia.

Dorcas was the only daughter of five children born in New Bern to Sylvester W. and Olivia Martin Carter. After graduating from West Street High School, “Honey” as she was affectionately called, continued her education at State Normal School, Elizabeth City. She earned her BS degree in Elementary Education from Winston Salem Teachers College and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Boston University. With 39 years of distinctive service, she retired from F. R. Danyus School in New Bern.

She was a lifetime and dedicated member of St Peter’s A.M.E. Zion Church, serving in many capacities. Her ability to console and mentor others was shared freely, including her services as a Gray Lady at Craven County Hospital. Dorcas was an avid historian of local events. In 2001, she was interviewed by The News & Observer to give her account of the Great Fire of 1922. She was also the source of ancestral information regarding her family on Portsmouth Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Preceded in death by her brothers, Caswell, Robert and Sylvester, Honey leaves to cherish her loving memory a brother and sister-in-law, James “Rudy” and Celestine Carter (Hampton, VA); sisters-in-law, Mary G. Carter (Raleigh ) and Ruth P. Carter (Riverside, Calif.); seven nieces, three nephews and many great nieces, great nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Thursday, July 2, 2009, at Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Joseph C. George officiating. Viewing will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2009, and family visitation and viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009, at Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., 701 West Street, New Bern.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Peter’s A.M.E. Zion Church, 617 Queen Street, New Bern, North Carolina.
Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc.


According to my family tree on ancestry Ms. Dorcas Elizabeth Carter would be the stepdaughter of  my 1st cousin 2x removed.