Reatha Carter

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

CAIRO, Ill. -- Reatha Dolores Carter, 77, of Eldorado, Ill., formerly of Cairo, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky.

She was born Sept. 6, 1927, in New Madrid, Mo., daughter of Flavey and Edith Cook Helsel. She married Lowell R. "Red" Carter.

Carter was a member of Cairo Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Barbara Whitehead of Charleston, Mo., Lorie Carter of Cairo, Amanda Carter of Eldorado; a son, Marshall Carter of Bandana, Ky.; a sister, Pearl Young of Broughton, Ill.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

Friends may call at Cairo Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, with Dr. Larry Potts and Robbie Griggs officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at White County Memorial Gardens near Carmi, Ill.

Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.