Leslie Lewis Carter

Published 9:49 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Leslie Carter, born Oct. 8, 1933, passed away on Nov. 1, 2015, at Candler Hospital in Savannah, Georgia after a brief but hard battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Candis Crumpton of Selma; his father, William Carter of Mobile; and a brother, Roosevelt “Sonny” Grayson of Asbury Park, New Jersey.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Marsha Moorehead Carter; his daughter, Starla Carter of Columbus, Ohio; stepdaughter, Amy Geisinger Gatsois, of Massillon, Ohio; siblings, Norman (Rose) Carter of Newport News, Virginia, Essie Sams of Selma, Mary Nell Brown of Montgomery; beloved cousin, Sarah Carter Craig of Selma; and a host of loving nieces and nephews, coast to coast from Alaska to Florida.

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He and his wife loved to spend holidays and vacations traveling to spend time with them whenever possible. The little ones will always be his “meatheads.”

Following a private service in Savannah, Leslie’s family and friends will gather in Selma on Friday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. for mass and a Going Home Celebration at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 309 Washington St., Selma, 36703. The service will be followed by a repast.

Selma arrangements have been coordinated by Leslie’s cousin, Randall Miller, of Miller Funeral Home.

In 1953, Leslie graduated from Hudson High where he was an avid athlete and devoted member of the Don Bosco Boys Club “sometimes” walking the line under the watchful eye on Father Zieder.

He attended Tuskegee Institute before joining the Air Force in 1957. After serving seven years, he was discharged from Lockbourne Air Force Base near Columbus, Ohio.

In 1987, he married Marsha Moorehead Carter in the backyard of a family home within walking distance of the Ohio State University Football Stadium, “The Shoe.” He loved all sports and was an avid golfer and bowler.