TUPELO – John Michael “Mike” Carter, 57, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended illness. He was born in Okolona on Nov. 22, 1956, to John Melvin Carter and Ruby Gaines Colston. He was a graduate of Tupelo High School and continued his education at Itawamba Community College. He was a sales representative for Better Brands for the better part of 15 years. He enjoyed reading all types of books (especially history), sports of all kinds, and was an Ole Miss fan. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Ingomar Methodist Church with Dr. Brad Sartor officiating. There will be no visitation. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Ruby Colston of Tupelo; two children, Lanny Carter of Pontotoc and Caroline Carter of Saltillo; one sister, Linda Carter of Tupelo; uncle, Bobby Gaines (Lucy) of Tupelo; aunts, Ellen (Leon) Malone of Tupelo, Shirley Lee Gaines and Catherine Gaines of New Albany, Blanche Carter of Kansas City, Mo., and Shirley Medley Gaines of Corinth; and a host of cousins that he adored.
He was preceded in death by his father; infant son, John Gaines Carter; stepfather, Dudley Colston; uncles, Quay Gaines Jr., Charles Gaines, Pete Gaines, Wayne Gaines, Benny Gaines, Malcom Carter and Frank Wicker; and aunts, Annie Faye Wicker, Evelyn Gaines and Willie Vance Gaines.
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