Today we celebrate the life of Maryland Louise Carter. The only child of the late Frances Eleanor Carter and John D. Carter.
As promised for acceptance and servitude, God granted her reprieve from this life on Saturday, April 13, 2019, and took her home to be next to him. Maryland accepted Christ into her heart many years ago at Harris Anderson A.M.E. Zion Church.
Much can be said about the life of Maryland, as she passed through life's stages one thing was constant. She did it her way. She lived life just the way she wanted to and her carefree spirit was a breath of fresh air and was contagious to anyone that came into contact with her.
Maryland graduated from Douglas High School in Bristol, VA and attended Morristown College, Morristown TN.
Maryland was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, friend, and murder mystery buff. She was known best for her cooking skills. If you ever ate a piece of her famous fried chicken you understand why after the family processed she had departed the next question was, "Does anyone have the recipe for her fried chicken?" Maryland had a passion for children and she embraced that passion with 27 years of service with the BristolHead Start and 11 years of service with the Bristol Virginia Housing Authority. She had the opportunity to provide thousands of children in the community with a nutritious meal.
She will reunite on the other side with her brother, Beverly Lyons, and Martha (Dottie) Young.
She is survived by her four children, Walter Bynum III (Dawn), Tamaki Bynum, Terrance Carter, and Karolyn Bynum; grandchildren, Kiyanna Court (Rashawn Court, Sr.), Kayera Clark (Bobby Collins), Touré Fudge, Tyree Bynum, Kiandra Logan, Isaiah Carter, Alona Logan, Elijah Seals, JayKob Eads, and Kyia Jackson; and great-grandchildren, Kamaja Clark, SJ Court, Royal Court, Kenyon Court,Khalil Court, and Kyrie Clark. In true Maryland fashion, she also had honorary children, Leonard Harris, Talsianna Fuson, and an honorary grandchild, Talayja Roller. She also leaves behind special cousins, Sidney and Marva Shelton; and her brother Robert Thomas.
To truly know her was to love her. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. The gravity of saying that she will be missed is not heavy enough to make you understand the magnitude of the hole she has left in our hearts. She would want you to know that the smallest things you do for someone can take up the most space in their hearts. She knew that... She was absolutely the best.
Services for Ms. Maryland Carter will be conducted Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6 pm from Harris Anderson A.M.E. Zion Church. The family will receive friends from 5:30 pm until the hour of service.