Mr. Carter was born June 25, 1932, in Geneva, Ala., to Ralph Clarence and Annie Elizabeth Cronin Carter. He had lived in Chipley, Fla., since he was 5 years old, coming from Geneva, Ala. He was of the Presbyterian faith and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Chipley, Fla. He received the Danforth Youth Award for leadership, served as Washington County 4-H Club president and Florida Presbyterian Youth Council president, received the Senior Class Leadership Award and represented Washington County at the 4-H convention in Chicago. He was a graduate of the Chipley High School Class of 1950. He was awarded the Florida Bankers Scholarship to the University of Florida, received the Governor's Award in the field of soil conservation and served three terms as president of the Washington County Farm Bureau. He was a director of the Washington Holmes Cattlemen's Association, chairman of the District 1 Welfare Board and served as an officer at Chipley First Presbyterian Church since he was 19 years old. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1960 and served three consecutive terms. He successfully shepherded through a bill to establish the Washington Holmes Vocational Technical School and a bill to designate and set up Falling Waters State Park. He was the last representative to serve only Washington County and operated Carter Cattle Farm.