Benjamin Carter, Jr.
Dec 23, 1934
Jan 1, 2018
Benjamin Carter, Jr was born on December 23, 1934 in Huntertown in Versailles, Kentucky to Benjamin Carter Sr. and Alice Jackson-Carter.
The family moved to Louisville when he was of grade school age and grew up in Sheppard Square Housing Projects in the Smoketown neighborhood. He attended Central High School.
As a young adult he worked as a butcher at his father’s grocery store, Modern Supermarket at the corner of 13th and Walnut Street. He worked in many capacities with the City of Louisville, which included being the first black truck driver for MSD, an inspector for HUD, and the Vice President of Operations at the Louisville Museum of Natural History and Science (now The Kentucky Science Center). In the late 60’s, he was a co-owner of The Golden Barrel Lounge located at 2988 Wilson Avenue, which featured show stopping national acts such as Ike and Tina Turner.
After leaving his employment with the City of Louisville, he completed real estate school and started Carter Real Estate Company. When he added construction to his repertoire, his next company Ben Carter and Associates began building single family homes in Jefferson and Bullitt Counties.
“Ben” as he was called fondly by family and friends, began his Christian journey at an early age, and throughout his life showed the love of God to all he met. He was an inspiration and role model to many that encountered him, especially his nephews who looked at him as a father figure, who exemplified integrity, strength, and a tireless work ethic.
He was blessed to have six children, Michael Potter, Kenneth Alexander, Sharon Carter, Tony Carter, Susan Carter and Stacey Carter.
He was a jack of all trades. Excelling in carpentry, he was able to build just about anything needed for the house. With his electrical and mechanical skills, he rarely had to call a repairman because he knew how to fix so many things and if he didn’t know, he would learn it. Being a master on the grill, he was known for his mouth watering ribs and younger generations are still trying to emulate his technique.
He was a protector, provider, teacher, and a pillar of strength with an amazing sense of humor. We are so very grateful to have inherited his high standards.
On Sunday, December 31, 2017, the last day of the year, Benjamin Carter, Jr. departed this life. He will be dearly missed. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Michael Potter (Patty), Kenneth Alexander (Sharon), Sharon Carter, Tony Carter (Tracy), Susan Carter, and Stacey Carter 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.