Obituary of Oliver Carter
A loving husband and father, devout Catholic, life-long scholar, proud military serviceman, brother, uncle, and friend, Lt. Col. Oliver C. Carter was born on April 20, 1942, in Chicago, IL and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi.
In 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Oliver enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was assigned to the USAF Security Forces and served in Vietnam. He was selected for commissioning under the Air Force Deserving Airman’s Program and remained on active duty until 1967. He continued service in the USAF Reserve Forces until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel thirty-eight years later, having received numerous awards, commendations, and full officer’s honors.
Following his active duty, in 1972, he earned a bachelor’s degree from nearby George’s Williams College and later completed the Air Force Squadron Officers School (1979), Air Command and Staff College (1986), Air War College (1997), and obtained a Masters of Art degree from American Military University (1999). He simultaneously completed a career with the United States Postal Service which included service as the Postmaster in Naperville, IL (1978 - 1988) and Manager for Customer Interface at Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C., (1992-1999).
During his 34 year postal career, Oliver was instrumental in the issuance of four notable commemorative stamps: the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in Puerto Rico, the Hanukkah stamp, the Kwanzaa stamp, and one in tribute to Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., the first African-American general officer in the United States armed forces, and father of General Benjamin O. Davis Jr., Commander of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
Even in retirement Oliver continued to serve in multiple organizations including most notably, the East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated in which he served as President from 2003-2004. Selfless in service, Oliver contributed to many other organizations firmly believing in serving God, his country, his family, and his heritage.
In 1993, Oliver met Wanda while working on a joint project in Washington, D.C. They fell in love and married in 1995 and settled into a home in Bowie, Maryland. In 2009 they moved to Falcons Landing, the Air Force Retired Officers Community in Loudoun County Virginia.
In June 2018, Oliver was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and began treatment that would last through the early fall. On the morning of Saturday, September 22, 2018, Oliver peacefully passed away with his wife by his side while praying the rosary.
He is survived by his loving wife Wanda, their five children and their spouses, grandchildren, brother, sisters, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at Falcons Landing, at 2:00 p.m., on October 15, 2018. Burial will be at Arlington Cemetery at a later date. If you would like to join us on either occasion, we would be honored to have you with us. If so, would you please reach out to Manuel Nunez at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make appropriate arrangements for all who are expected.
Memorial Mass Service
- WHEN and WHERE
The Memorial Mass for Lt. Col. Oliver C. Carter will be held on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at 2:00pm in the Chapel at Falcon's Landing Retirement Community in Sterling, VA. Please navigate to 20522 Falcons Landing Cir, Sterling, VA 20165 and approach the main building. The Chapel is located on the 1st Floor to left when you enter the main building.
Please RSVP with Manuel Nunez as space is limited and we are expecting a large attendance. You may RSVP by emailing Manuel Nunez at email@example.com and letting him know how many people will be attending with you.
Please approach the front gate and announce that you are attending the Memorial Mass for Lt. Col. Oliver C. Carter. If there is a high attendance you may be asked to relocate your vehicle to the parking lot located At Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church (46639 Algonkian Pkwy, Sterling, VA 20165). Falcon's Landing will provide a free shuttle to help transport you to the main building where the Chapel is located.
- HOTEL LODGING
For those who are traveling in from out of town, we have arranged a small room block at the local Hampton Inn & Suites Washington-Dulles International Airport (22700 Holiday Park Dr, Sterling, VA 20166). The rate is $109.00/night and is available from Sunday, Oct. 14 to Tuesday, Oct. 16.
- AFTER THE MEMORIAL MASS
At the conclusion of the Memorial Mass for Lt. Col. Oliver C. Carter we invite you to stay and join us for a complimentary reception afterwards. We will have some light food, hot coffee and tea, and a bar.
- IN LIEU OF FLOWERS
We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers our family would appreciate if you will consider a donation, in Oliver’s memory, to the East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Oliver was a proud member and, for a time, was the president of the East Coast Chapter. Donations are received online at the chapter’s website at www.ECCTAI.org by clicking on the “donate” button on the upper-left hand corner. In the “comments” section, please indicate that your donation honors the memory of Oliver C. Carter.
The burial service for Lt. Col. Oliver C. Carter will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at another date once it is confirmed. It could be a few months from his passing. Please stay tuned to this page or reach out to Manuel Nunez at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more details.
We will miss him very much and as we heal together, we encourage you to share your memories, thoughts, and wishes with our family through this page or by reaching out to us in another way. Our family thanks you in advance for your love, support, and prayers.