September 22, 2021, 48, Pikeville –
Randy Shawn Carter, 48, passed away at Wayne UNC Hospital on September 22, 2021. He was born in Lenoir County to Randall “Coon” Carter and the late Rose Ann Carter on November 1, 1972. In addition to his mother, Randy was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Mildred Carter, and Annie Lee Garvey.
Shawn was a quiet, humble, reserved child. He made close connections with childhood friends that lasted a lifetime. Many memories were made with Wesley Sutton, Reid Walmsley, Chad Sutton, and Durwood Waller. He maintained a wonderful sense of humor and played the role of jokester even into adulthood.
Athletic and passionate about all sports, Shawn was an avid fan of UNC Tarheels and Dallas Cowboys. Though he was terrified of heights, his athletic abilities played a significant role in his decision to become a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division in the United States Army. He overcame his fears and proudly served his country.
Shawn’s life revolved around his children. From camping trips and becoming a Boy Scout Leader to his attendance at every sporting event, Shawn was always present and always cheering on Collin, Miles, Christopher, and Morgan in all they did. His children came first and there was nothing he withheld from them.
With a personality larger than life, Shawn never met a stranger. His caring and kindness touched the hearts of so many. As the saying goes, Shawn would “give you the shirt off his back” and anything else you asked for. His laughter and smile will be missed by those who knew him best.
A service to honor Shawn’s life will be held by the graveside at Fairview Cemetery on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 3 p.m. Family will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the service, and other times at the home of his father, Randall “Coon” Carter, 4926 Brothers Road, La Grange, NC 28551, and his son, Collin Carter, 603 North Carolina 581 South, Goldsboro, NC 27530.
In addition to his father, Randy is survived by his sons, Collin and Miles Carter; girlfriend, Christy Williams; siblings, Donald Carter (Tammy), Debbie Teachey (Mike), Delores Foster (Carl), Sandra Whitehead (Anthony), Stacie Whitley (Keith), Susan Bigler (Coburn), and Michele Slavin (Jason); Christy’s children, whom he loved as his own, Christopher Russell and Morgan Williams; his best friend, Jeff Carson; the mother of his children, Nicole Carter; and many special nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Collin and Miles request cards and letters sharing special memories of their dad to be mailed to 108 Pate Circle, Goldsboro, NC 27530, or contributions made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, AR 66675-8516, https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.