Dennis Lee Carter, 71, of Higden, AR passed away surrounded by his family at the White River Medical Center in Batesville, AR on May 6, 2019.
Born in Fresno, California on February 14, 1948. Graduated from Greene County Tech High School in Paragould, Arkansas. Received vocational education training as a TV technician, industrial electrician, fiber optics, instrumentation studies, etc.
Served as a Sargent in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War as a Cryptographic-Electronic Technician. Stationed in Philippines, San Bernardino, CA, San Francisco Bay Area, and San Antonio, TX. After six years of service received an honorary discharge and a National Defense Service Medal and AIR FORCE CROSS MEDAL. In 1973 joined Philco-Ford as a computer terminal tech at NASA in Pasadena, Texas during the SKY LAB Missions, member of the team of M.O.P.S. (MISSION OPERATIONS AND PLANNING SYSTEMS). Later he worked on a team of the Defense Department at the satellite site in Guam. Taught electronics to Saudi army in Taif, Saudi-Arabia. Settled in Arkansas as the Instruments and Controls Manager for the Community Water wholesale water company in Greers Ferry, Arkansas. Enjoyed stories of survival, "Blues Harmonica" music, nature and outdoors, traveling across the USA, RVing, and a good meal.
Preceded in death by his parents Harry Lee Carter and Beulah Geraldine Vaden Clark and Thurman Earl Clark.
Survived by his wife of fourteen years, Lyudmyla (Lucy) Carter, daughter, son-in law and granddaughter April, Bruce & Breana Lee Howard of Cave City; son Kevin Spears of Paragould, AR; daughter and granddaughter Veronica Spears and Destiny Elaine Eno of Paragould, AR; and step daughter Katya Ligon and granddaughters Elizabeth and Sophia Ligon of Conway, AR; and sister and brother-in law and Niece, Janice and Walter Forbis and Jennifer Forbis Clester of Paragould, Arkansas. Olmstead Funeral Home In Heber Springs, Arkansas is helping with arrangements. Dad’s saying, “Live life good and life will treat you good; Live life bad and life will treat you bad.”
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Arrangements by Olmstead Funeral Home. www.olmstead.cc