Colonel Robert Alexander Carter, affectionately known as “Bob,” departed on his last flight into the blue sky Tuesday, April 19, from his home in Walterboro, South Carolina. He was born April 24, 1929 in Lodge, South Carolina to the late R.D. and Armeda Jones Carter. He was pre- deceased by his brother Donald Rutledge Carter. He graduated from the Citadel and the Canadian National Defense College. He received his MBA from George Washington University. Colonel Carter was commissioned in the Air Force in 1952. He was assigned for service in Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Carolina, Vietnam, the Pentagon, Nevada, Thailand, Korea, and the Philippines. He flew 141 combat missions in Vietnam. His proudest assignment was serving as the Commandant of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School (“Top Gun”) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. After his retirement in 1981, he was honored to serve as the Executive Vice President, of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, overseeing construction of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. His military decorations include: The Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oakleaf clusters, and Air Medal with six oakleaf clusters, He’s survived by his wife, Wanda Overman Carter, his son Robert A. Carter, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth; his daughter Sarah Ann and her husband Gary; and his five grandchildren; Robert A Carter III and Emma, Abigail, Lily, and Taduesz (TJ) Gajewski, and his sister Frieda Carter Black. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Ben L. Barnett Sunday, April 24, at 2:00 pm, Bethel Methodist Church, 355 Hampton Street, Walterboro, South Carolina 29488. Pallbearers are Heather Allen, Sylvester Black, Don Carter, George Cone, Larry Haussmann and Brian Quinn. Parker – Rhoden Funeral Home is in charge of the service. Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Posted on: 2016-04-20

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