John R. “Jack” Carter - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

John R. “Jack” Carter

August 5, 1935 - January 11, 2020

          John R. “Jack” Carter, age 84, of Trinity, FL, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

          Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 5, 1935, he was a son of the late John W. and Mary (Howanitz) Carter.  John served in the U.S. Navy from January 24, 1955 until January 18, 1957 as a third-class Boatswain mate on the USS Aeolus.  After his honorable discharge, John worked initially as a manger of all newspaper route distributions for the Philadelphia Bulletin Newspaper in Delaware County, PA.  When the newspaper went out of business, John went to tractor trailer school and obtained his commercial driver’s license.  After working for several companies, John landed a position with UPS as a “doubles” night time tractor trailer driver, which he loved.  He was honored at UPS with the induction to the “million mile” club, demonstrating his impeccable driving record for their company.  After 25 years of UPS service, John retired but his driving days were not over.   John drove a school bus part time for Delaware County, PA and New Castle County, DE.  He especially enjoyed driving the activities bus which was used for after school athletics.  John liked to joke with the kids as they came on and off the bus.  Although work was his main hobby, he adored and loved his family, especially his five grandchildren, who affectionately called him PopPop.

          In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by the love of his life for 55 years, Millie (Berridge) Carter; sister, Joan (Carter) Horner; and 3 brothers, Robert, Ronald and Stephen Carter.  He is survived by his children, John G. Carter of Tampa, FL and Dr. Karen Carter and husband, Scott Edmonds of Greenwich, CT; grandchildren, U.S. Air Force Capt. Chase Carter, Alex Carter, Adam Carter, Paige Edmonds and Brett Edmonds.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 2 pm.  Interment will be held privately.


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  • To the first man I ever loved, my father. The man who consistently could make me laugh because frankly he was just plain funny! He was a great provider for his family, a dedicated husband and a hard worker all his life. His passing has left a huge void in my heart but knowing he is with my mother brings me great comfort. I will keep his memory alive sharing photographs and videos with family and within his circle of friends.
    I loved him and respected him,
    Rest in Peace

  • May you Rest In Peace, Uncle Johnny. Thank you for the “crazy Friday” nights at my mom’s house so long ago!

  • Your smile was infectious and you always knew how to make others smile! You were the first “French man” I ever met. The love you shared with Mrs Carter was something we should all strive to have. And lastly you did a heck of a job raising two amazing successful children! Rest easy sir, you will be missed…

  • So glad that John and I met when we part of the Commissioning Crew for the USS Aeolus (Arc-3), out of Baltimore,MD in May 1955. Through the years we have stayed in touch and John, I, along with other crew members have enjoyed our many USS Aeolus reunions. John always had a great smile for everyone. He will be missed.

  • I could always count on John to lighten my mood with a good joke! There’s not another like him. Glad he’s at peace with his love “Milly”. Love and comfort to all of you. Jill

  • There were too many sunsets between our visits.

    I remember how happy Mom-Mom was to see you when you would visit in the mornings of my youth.

    I remember the first, and last time, you met the boys; you had that same joy in your eyes.

    That last night, when I stood in your room…
    ….it wasn’t just us
    ……your sister was there…. love & light & generations

    Seeing the different generations connect was a gift.

    All eyes were on you that last night. Playing with the boys….you were the envy of everyone at the retirement community… felt like morning again….I didn’t realize it was getting dark so quickly

    I’ll never forget that gift of you playing with the boys that last night.

    Thank you for that gift.

    I love and miss you.

  • Dear Uncle Johnny,

    I miss our phone conversations. The serious ones but especially the funny ones where sometimes hours after we spoke i would think of what was said and laugh aloud and Sam had no idea why I burst out laughing. I’m so glad that you were a part of my life for 84 years. I know you’re happy now because you’re with Aunt Millie, my Mom and other loved ones. Tell them all I say hi. Im so happy that you got to meet Caleb and Jacob my precious grandsons. I miss you and think of you daily.

    Love you,