Frances Parham Carter

Sunday, December 15, 1929 - Tuesday, October 17, 2023

A Wonderful And Caring Lady

Photo of Frances Parham Carter  - 1929-2023

Canton- Frances Parham Carter left this world peacefully for her Heavenly home on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. Her loving family was at her side.

Frances was born December 15, 1929, in the heart of Haywood County, North Carolina, Frances graced our lives for 93 wonderful years. Her presence on this earth has been a source of warmth, love, and inspiration to all who were fortunate to cross her path.

Her family was the cornerstone of her life. To Frances, being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother brought her great joy and they each held a special place in her heart. She was a guiding light in all their lives and her love and support knew no bounds. In the words of her family, “She was our greatest blessing.” Her home was always a sanctuary of love and a place of peace and comfort.

Frances was a wonderful cook and she had been employed at Canton Junior High School where she worked in the cafeteria for several years. The children all loved Frances and will forever remember her happy smile and her kindness to everyone each day. She also worked in food service at the Canton Nursing Home where Frances was like a ray of bright sunshine in the lives of the patients.

As a dedicated member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Frances’s commitment to her faith was unwavering. She lent her beautiful voice to the church choir and Frances loved her church family deeply.

Frances’s love and compassion were not limited to her local community. She always reached out to those in need, volunteering with the North Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief Team during Hurricane Katrina and most notably, at Ground Zero in New York City during the tragic events of 9/11. There she provided nourishment, care, and a comforting presence to the disaster teams. What a testament her life has been to serving others.

Our hearts are greatly saddened by the loss of Frances but we also celebrate her life and hold close the lessons she taught us about love, compassion, and the importance of family. Frances is in her Heavenly home, where she joins the angels above. She is in a place of glorious peace, and her spirit will always watch over us.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Spc5 John Alfred Carter; her parents, Lloyd and Ruth Cabe Parham; her brothers, Lloyd Parham. Jr. and Billy Moore; sisters, Madge Rathbone, Ruth James, Ruby Vanhook, Virginia Duckett, and Emma Lou Saxton; great-granddaughter, Lyla Lynn Labossier and great-grandson, Noah Carter; a son-in-law, Alan Washabaugh and also her beloved dog, Tiny.

Surviving are her sons, Marshall Carter (Inga), Joey Carter (Kelly) and Robert Carter (Lana); her daughters, Frances Carter Thomas (Bruce), Annette Carter Washabaugh, Julia Rosales (Victor); her brother, James Parham (Dot); her sister, Winifred Henderson; grandchildren, Robbie Carter (Angela), Brandon Carter (Andrea), Chad Fox (Bonnie), Casey Washabaugh (Brittany), Shane Carter (Holly), Steven Carter, Matthew Carter (Christy) Calvin Gheesling (Amanda) David and Victor Rosales, Michelle Carter, Samantha Norris (Gage), Alli Gheesling, Jovannah Gaytan (Abraham), Ashley, Christina Washabaugh, Jon, and Daniel Ross; 43 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; also numerous nieces and nephews and also her precious chihuahua, Bubba.

The funeral service to honor the life of Mrs. Carter will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, October 22, 2023, at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Reverend Jeff King will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. The burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Shane and Steven Carter, Robbie and Brandon Carter, Casey Washabaugh, Matthew Carter, Chad Fox, and Gage Norris.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Carter's memory can be made to NC Baptist Men's Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512.

Crawford / Ray is honored to be caring for the Carter family.      


Condolences from family and friends

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah Class of 75
Dear Frances and Family, I always loved your mom. I am so sorry for your loss as it is never easy saying goodbye to your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
LuAnne Allen
My sincere condolences to your dear family. She was always good to me, and will be missed.
Lisa Devlin Patten
Marshall,Inga and family.... you're in my thoughts and prayers...
Keitha Blalock
She was an amazing lady who's light still shines through all five of my wonderful first cousins. We love you immensely and pray for your peace during this season.
Ed and Darlene Peters
My sincere condolences to my friends and their family for the loss of their wonderful mother
Eddie Nelson
Marshall, Joey, and the rest of the Carter family. We are so sorry about the loss of your mother. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Jerry and Deb Powell
To all the family of.Frances, my condolences to each.of you. Frances was one of the sweetest, most humble ladies I have ever known. So sad for your loss.
Kathey Reed Blazer
Our hearts are saddened by the loss of your beautiful Mama. We are holding each of you in our thoughts and prayers. She certainly was a very special lady and is very special to us. We pray that you find peace and comfort in your memories of her, we will definitely cherish ours. Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything and may God bless you all! With love and sympathy. Bob and Cindy
Bobby and Cindy Ingle
Peace and comfort to all the family of Mrs. Carter.
Pam Ledford
Sending love and my sincere sympathy to you, Robert and all your family. Your mother was a dear woman. May God grant you His Peace. Clara
Clara Allen Curtis