Douglas Jay Carter

Douglas Jay Carter
Nov. 18, 1957 — March 21, 2011
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Douglas Jay “Smooth” Carter passed away Monday March 21, 2011.
He was born in Plymouth, Ind. Nov. 18,1957. Doug lived in New Orleans, La. and later settled in St. Petersburg, Fla. where he has lived for 25 years. He was a job site foreman for West Tampa Glass for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Fern Estelle (Keyser) Carter.
Doug is survived by his sisters, Patricia Himes, South Bend and Teresa (Craig) Mattke, Plymouth; his brothers, Timothy (Christine) Carter, Lynchburg, Va., Steven Carter, Plymouth, and Edward Carter, St. Petersburg; his “second” mother, Sharon Carter, Rochester; other sisters, Teri McCormick, Pam Praphafphakis, Patti Zrubek and Tina Baloy; four nieces; eight nephews; and 20 great-nieces and nephews.
Doug’s family would like to thank his most cherished friends, Scott and Gina, Jon and Sharon, Bobbie and Ron, Rick and Cathy, Bill and Theresa, and his riding buddy, Curly and also, his caring neighbors and his other families, the West Central Florida Harley Biking Community, Biff Burger, Big Shot, and everyone at West Tampa Glass.
To the friends he valued his entire life: Kirk Kuskye, Kent Thornburg, Charlie Driebelbis, David “Charger” Hollingsworth, Butch Gibson, and Herbie Eads: Doug never told a story without one of you in it!
Doug’s greatest love was his dog Harley Carter and his cat Casper Carter. His very last words were “please take care of my babies.”
We promise you brother, we will.
So go now. Be free. Feel the wind on your face and rest in peace.
Services will be held Wednesday, March 30 at 1 p.m. at the House of Prayer at 12450 Plymouth-Goshen Trail in Plymouth, with Pastor R.D. Humphrey officiating.
Interment at New Oakhill Cemetery will follow immediately after the service.
Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 W. Madison St., Plymouth, IN, 46563, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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