Joseph (Joe) Melville Carter, Sr. was born January 28, 1935 at home in Hopedale, Ohio. He attended Hopedale Schools and graduated in 1953. He worked for the railroad for several years and then went to work at Y&O Coal Company where he worked for more than 15 years. He also worked as a deputy sheriff for Cadiz, Ohio, Harrison County for 19 years. Joseph also had a refuse company that he named Joe’s Rubbage that he had all the family help run.

Joe was a devoted father of 10 children, loving husband, wonderful friend and magnificent grandfather. Everyone who came in contact with him, fell in love with him.

Joe transitioned to his eternal home on Friday, May 5, 2023 at Martins Ferry Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Martha Carter; his sisters: Madonna Christian Jeffries, Beverly Jean Jones and Sandra Kaye Whitfield; brother, Veryl Lee Paul, Sr.; daughter, Debra Ann Fisher and son, Larry R. Carter.

Warm memories and love remains cherished by his loving and devoted wife of 36 years, Carolyn Carter; children: Magaret E. Fisher of Steubenville, Joseph (Karen) Carter, Jr. of Columbus, Patricia Fisher of New York, Jeffrey A. (Donna) Carter of Wheeling, Norma (Gregory) Woods of Steubenville, Evonne C. (James) Johnson of Steubenville and David G. (Robinlynn) Mackey of Pemberville; along with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; his devoted friends: Eugene Roberts of Adena and Don Machelle of Pittsburgh; and special niece/daughter, Rochelle Martin of Columbus. Special mention and love to his brothers-in-law: Nick Kalinski, Dana (Judy) Kalinski, Bryan (Grace) Kalinski and sisters-in-law: Anna Mary (James) McLaughlin, Rhonda Bennett and Ro Billings and Kimberly Sue Reardon.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home, 172 South Main Street, Cadiz with Elder Tracey West officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hopedale, Ohio.

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