Gary D. Carter, 66 of Tecumseh, died Nov. 23

Gary D. Carter, age 66, lifelong resident of Tecumseh, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Tecumseh.

He was born May 22, 1954, in Shawnee to Zack Coy and Lola Mae (Smith) Carter.

Gary was a lifelong resident of Tecumseh. He attended Tecumseh Public Schools and graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1972.

While in high school Gary met, and fell head over heels in love with, the love of his life, Joy Coffey. Their first date was on Nov. 19, 1971. They ran away together three times before finally getting married in Robert Rider’s home in Tecumseh on Aug. 7, 1972. They have remained best friends and soul mates for 48 years.

Gary was a very hard worker. He worked for 15 years in the oil field. He then owned and operated Cotton’s Trucking for 20 years. Gary was a rancher his entire adult life. He enjoyed ranching and loved cattle. He also enjoyed hunting and noodling in his spare time. The thing he was most passionate about was his family. Many children were blessed to be raised by Gary and Joy through life and his children and grandchildren meant the world to him. Everyone knew when Gary said “Take A Five” it was time for a nap, but it would be longer than five minutes.

He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Zackary Earl Carter.

Those left to cherish his memory are his adoring wife, Joy; daughter and son-in-law, April and Cory Bugg of Tecumseh; two sons and daughters-in-law, Chance and Emilee Carter of Tecumseh and Jason and Brandie Carter of Tecumseh; mother, Lola Mae Carter of Tecumseh; sister in law and brother in law, Jan and Craig Wright of Point Arena, California; five grandchildren, Braxton and Madison Bugg, Braylee Bugg, Ellee Carter, Levi Carter, Blake Carter, Zackary Carter, Britlie Carter, and Braelynn Carter, two great-grandchildren, Miley Bugg and Briar Bugg; and numerous other family and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at Living Love Christian Center Shawnee, with Reverend Mark Guinn officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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Posted online on November 25, 2020