Mrs. Anna L. Carter, 74

It is with great sorrow that I have to announce the passing of my beautiful and loving wife, Anna L. Carter of Gainesville, GA at 6:52pm, July 1 (one day short of our 53rd. wedding anniversary on 7/2/1969).


Anna is now in Heaven and running on new legs. I know that there has to be a Human Resource office in Heaven and God already has Anna working on the files and handling the need of the other Angels. For those of you who were lucky enough to know Anna you know what a wonderful lady she was and what a big heart she had for serving others. She helped so many people at Chicopee in Oak Wood, GA where she was Human Resources Manager from 1976-1991. Johnson & Johnson moved her to Ethicon in Cornelia, GA where she was Human Resources Manager from 1991 until her retirement in 2009.


Anna was born in Jasper, AL and still has many relatives in that area.  She was a loyal University of Alabama football fan.  Anna and her husband Jerry were members of Riverbend Baptist Church in Gainesville, GA. from 2001 to 2017 where she loved the older members who were homebound.  After her retirement from Ethicon, Anna would cook meals for several older ladies and deliver these meals quite often to these ladies’ homes.  Anna was baptized with her husband Jerry at Riverbend in 2002.  She was also a member of several bible study groups including “Spares and Pairs”.  In 2017, Jerry and Anna joined Air Line Baptist Church also in Gainesville.  Her physical ability to attend church at ALBC was cut short with the advancement of Parkinson. 


Anna loved God and his son Jesus.  She walked the walk and read her study bible to the point that she had to put tape on the cover to hold it together.  She never lost her faith even when her disease took her body and mind.  One of the Christian ladies that Anna looked up to and loved was Elizabeth Harrington from RBBC who went ahead of Anna to be with God at age 105.


Anna is preceded in death by her Father, DeWeese Owen, younger brother DeWeese Owen, Jr., of Jasper, AL.  She is survived by her husband, Jerry W. Carter of Gainesville, GA, Adopted Brother and Sister - Jerry’s Nephew Ron and his wife Kathy Carter of Rogersville, TN.  And, her loving little dog, Happy.


Anna had several good friends from church and work but especially Nancy Lou Allen, Barbara Harbert and Jena Wilson.  Another lady that was special to Anna at RBBC was Jan Brown and her husband Richard.


Anna loved her caregivers Alma Simpson and Crystal Stiwinter who took such great care of her at home for almost a year.  Also, all the great people from Pruitt Health Hospice Continuous Home Care.  Cindy Balkstra RN Case Manager (a great nurse), Charlie Dover, CNA (a great person), Donna Hanley LMSW (who made sure Anna was getting the best care) and all the other nurses who came at night and on the weekend (especially Virginia, Jodi and Amy). 


I want to thank all of our neighbors who prayed for us, bought us meals and were there for us for so many years.  Also, members of Riverbend Church, Air Line Baptist Church (especially Pastor Mike Wellborn); and, Pastor Mike Dorough past Senior Pastor at RBBC, ALBC and now Senior Pastor at Transition Church in Gainesville  who prayed over Anna after her passing, visited Anna several times.


Anna made my life wonderful and life will never be good as it was with her by my side.  We met on May 30, 1969 and was married on July 2, 1969.  She was such a shining light that will never go out in my heart.  See you in Heaven soon, Sweetheart.  Jerry


Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements. Send online condolences to

Condolences 17
Jerry Carter 2022-07-05 17:11:53
I just wanted to make a correction in my obituary for Anna. We met May 30 and were married July 2, 1969 (still pretty quick but not June 30). Love you baby, if you had been here to proofread your Obituary you would have corrected my error. Jerry
Julie and Bob Mudd 2022-07-05 17:16:49
What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful person. You two have been an inspiration for marriage well done.
Katrina Bishop 2022-07-05 18:13:02
Jerry you were truly blessed to have eachother! Your beautiful bride was an example of a true Christian with a heart full of love for the Lord and others! She made the world a better place! Praying for you my brother in Christ. Sincerely, Katrina Bishop
Mike Dorough 2022-07-05 20:27:23
Beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady, inside and out. My life is better because of Anna and Jerry Carter. We love you my brother!
Jodi Lien 2022-07-05 20:42:02
Angel Anna is with you always, dear Jerry. May sweet memories of her help ease your grief.
Lynne Black 2022-07-06 07:37:51
So very well said, your beautiful wife and life is an example of real love. Will continue to pray for you and I know God will continue to comfort you.
Ann Kendrick 2022-07-06 10:25:13
Jerry and Anna, close neighbors for 20 years. Anna was a beautiful lady and sweet and compassionate Christian. Will miss her. Praying for comfort and peace for you.
Stan Enden 2022-07-06 12:29:53
Although I only met Anna twice, I know what she meant to Jerry. I’m so sorry for your loss, may she Rest In Peace.
Debbie Smith 2022-07-06 15:07:25
What a Beautiful Memory of Anna. She was surely a Special Lady to all that every met her. Her Love and Compassion was shown to All. May God Bless you Jerry in the days to come. She loved you dearly. Love Debbie Smith
Patricia Jo Carter Kibble 2022-07-07 01:58:45
Keeping you in our warmest thoughts as you navigate this difficult time and wishing you comfort and strength for the days and weeks ahead. Love, Patricia Jo and girls
Crystal Stiwinter 2022-07-08 16:12:25
So glad I had a chance to take care of this sweet beautiful lady. She was such a God loving woman and it was a joy caring for her. Now I now you are dancing with the Angel's in heaven. I love and miss you so much until we meet again rest easy in the arms of Jesus sweet lady . and Keep your eye out for Jerry he will need it.
Crystal Stiwinter 2022-07-08 16:20:15
I'm so glad I got to take care of this sweet beautiful lady . Anna was a God loving woman her smile was so contagious. I know she is dancing with the Angel's now . Until we meet again keep a eye out for Jerry he will need it he loves you so much . I miss and love you so much rest easy in Jesus's arms sweet angel.
Patricia Puckett 2022-07-09 17:03:14
What a beautiful tribute filled with precious memories. God bless you during this season of sadness. Patricia Puckett Air Line Baptist Church
Evelyn Smith 2022-07-11 10:31:38
I remember her from Chicopee. She was the sweetest and most caring person I knew. I always thought of her when we went by Ethicon. That's what kind of impressions she has make on me. She will be missed.
Tony Carter 2022-07-11 10:37:58
So sorry for your loss. May your sweet memories of Anna hold you close to her spirit.
Alma Simpson 2022-07-11 11:20:59
10 months ago God brought Anna &Jerry into my life and I was blessed to have the privilege of helping Jerry care for his beautiful bride in the comfort of their home. I not on cared for both Anna and Jerry but I love them . Anna’s love for God and Jerry was the 1st thing I learned about her. Thank you for allowing me to care and love you both. I will hold onto your memory forever and will do my best to “Have a Mary Heart in a Martha World “, I will see you again Momma Anna.
Ron and Kathy 2022-07-11 17:59:38
Our sweet Anna! Beautiful inside and out. I will always cherish the wonderful times we have had through the years. We had the privilege of getting to have many adventures with you. I will always miss our full of life Anna, but I am very thankful that you are running the streets of gold and no longer a prisoner to that awful disease. I am also very thankful I got to be with as you made your journey home. We will love you always and our grand babies will certainly know their Aunt Anna through our eyes. Until we see you again beautiful lady, always love, Ron and Kathy🧡🧡🧡
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