William  Carter

Obituary of William J. Carter

On September 4, 2019, William J. Carter, loving partner, father, uncle and friend to many passed away at the age of 90. Bill was born on March 5th, 1929, in Hampton, Virginia to Orbin F. Carter and Frances Rose Smith. After high school he became a trumpet musician in the U.S. Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base and was commissioned in the Air Force Reserve in 1954. He attended University of Richmond and received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from New York University. His business career began at Miller & Rhodes Department Store in Richmond, Virginia which led to his appointment as Business Manager of Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. From there he served as Vice President of Business Affairs at The College of William and Mary for ten years. After a move to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as Assistant Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, he retired in 1990. After retirement, he established an export company with his partner from Bangkok, Thailand. Bill was an international traveler who cherished his many worldwide friendships. He embraced his partner's family in Thailand like it was his own. He lived a full life enjoying most of all a good conversation with friends as well as strangers. He was a talented wordsmith, always leaving his listeners laughing and wanting more. Bill is survived by his life partner of 32 years, Wichai Pakayanont of Washington, D.C. and Thailand; a daughter, Jennie Lesueur Carter of Dresser, Wisconsin; five nieces, three nephews, three great nieces and his much loved extended family in and from Thailand. A private family service was held on September 14, 2019.
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