Allene Carter, affectionately known by many as “Mama Carter”, was born on May 15, 1943 in Floma- ton, Alabama. Born to the union of the late Willie and Estelle Carter, she was the oldest twin to her late brother, Allen and the sixth of 14 children. Allene was baptized and became a follower of Christ at an early age. She grew up in a loving, Christian home and graduated from Escambia County High School in Atmore, Alabama in 1961.
After graduation, she attended Pensacola Junior College. It was her dream to become a Dietician. However, she soon followed her brothers to start a career in Cincinnati, Ohio where she moved in 1966.
She was a strong, independent and determined woman who in spite of battling a mirage of health issues for most of her life, did not mind working hard for what she wanted. Throughout her career, she was employed by Gibson Greeting Card Company, U.S. Playing Cards, Keeblers, Diamond International and Fifth Third Bank. Her last job before retiring was at Formica Inc. However, her hard work did not stop after retirement. Her most prized job was working as a care giver to her oldest grandchild, Garry Carter, Jr. (a.k.a. Little Garry). Her love and commitment to his care was like none other and he definitely held a special place in her heart.
She was a long-term member of the New Friend- ship Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. H.L. Harvey, Jr. Later in life, she joined Zion Global Minis- tries under the leadership of Rev. Freddie T. Piphus. She loved singing and listening to gospel music. She sang with her brothers in a group called the Melloaires and in the New Friendship Baptist Church choir for decades. She could be heard in the soprano section and was the soloist on “Jesus Can Work It Out.”
Cooking was one of her passions and many would attest to the fact that she was an amazing cook. Her most favored dishes were her homemade whipping cream pound cake, cornbread dressing, sweet potato pies and her famous fried chicken, among other delicious dishes.
Allene was an avid gardener who grew a variety of fruits and vegetables. She was also known for having a green thumb. Her home was filled with lots of beautiful plants and if you came to visit, she would probably have you give them a sip of water.
Allene loved pictures. The walls of her home were covered with generations of photographs of her beloved family and her cupboards held historical family documents and volumes of photo albums.
She will be remembered as a fun aunt who fre- quently took her nieces and nephews for sleep overs, road trips, company picnics and amusement park outings. Also, as a grandmother who cherished her grandchildren and was so proud of them.
Allene was preceded in death by both parents, Willie and Estelle Carter; her twin brother, Allen Carter; brothers, Aubrey Lee Dees, Wille James Carter and Sammie Lee Carter; and sister, Essie Mae Smith.
Allene leaves to treasure her memories: three children, Garry Carter, Sr., Yaulonda Harris (William) and Reginald Carter (Keisha); seven grandchildren, Garry Carter, Jr., Ashley Mincy, Hadiya Harris, Moses Harris, Garren Carter, Lyndsey Carter and Trinity Harris; two sisters, Louella Carter and Glynda Benn (Theries); three brothers, George Dees (Doris), Robert Earl Carter (Inez) and Joe Melvin Carter (Judy). She also treasured her sisterhood with her two sister-in-laws, Doris Dees and Vivian Carter-Smith; as well as her close friends, Gloria Doughan and Betty Rose. She was dearly loved by a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
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