Joe Ryburn Carter, 79, passed on Friday, June 5, 2020, in Johnston Memorial Hospital. Joe was born in Smyth County Virginia to the late Hubert and Florida Dye Carter. He retired from HAPCO and attended Meadowview United Methodist Church when his health permitted.
Joe spent many years buying and selling antiques and had many repeat customers coming from other states to purchase from him, especially during the Virginia Highlands Festival. He also was a farmer and enjoyed working with his cattle.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by siblings Frank Carter, Arlee Carter, Bertie Carter, Bill Carter, Inez Carter McCray, and Al Carter.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Helen Ball Carter; sisters-in-law, Dottie Carter and Judy Carter; brother-in-law, Branson McCray; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and his fur babies, especially his favorite cat, Tommy.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Rev. Barbara Farmer and Rev. Barbara Doyle officiating. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Rosedale Baptist Church Cemetery with Chris Hartley, Alan Shipley, Michael Ratliff, Kenneth Ratliff, Joe Yarber, Wayne Ball, and Bobby Hicks serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Thomas, Kenny Carter, Charlie Darnell, Eric Hartley, Dale Carter, and Johnny Ball.
A recording of the funeral service may be viewed by visiting the Tribute Wall section of Mr. Carter's obituary page.
Those wishing to share memories, express sympathy, and send “Hugs from Home” may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com
and signing the online guest register. The family of Joe Ryburn Carter is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700.