Otis Albert Carter, Jr

Born: Wed., Mar. 31, 1948
Died: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 01, 2019
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Nov. 02, 2019
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Home

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Otis Albert Carter, Jr., 71, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019 at MHP Medical Center.

  He was born March 31, 1948 in Evansville, IN. to Otis A. Carter, Sr. and Carrie (Lauer) Carter.

  On, July 21, 1984, he married Luedith ‘Lou’ (Simpson) Carter, and she survives.  They cherished the 35 years they shared together.

  He is also survived by his daughters, Heather Danielle Carter and Kaitlyn Michelle Carter; sister, Ann (Don) Swaney; cousins, Kathi (Paul) Held and Kevin (Elaine) Parks; and his four legged grand-cat, S.J. (Bubby).

  He was preceded in death by his parents.

  Otis graduated from Tell City High School in 1966.  While attending Tell City High School, he was a 4 year track and cross county stand-out athlete, where he held a 49 year record.  He earned his BA degree from Oakland City College in 1970, on a full ride scholarship for track.   He went on to earn his Masters of Arts degree in education from Western Kentucky University.

  He retired in 2015, after 36 years as a fleet manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years.  He was also a track runner while in the service.   

Otis was a member of the Tell City Masons, the American Legion in Tell City, and the Evangelical Church of Christ in Tell City.

  Otis was an avid sports fan.  He enjoyed cheering on I.U., the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, and St. Louis Cardinals.  He also enjoyed attending Indy Car races, especially his annual trip to the Indianapolis 500.  In keeping with Otis’ loving and generous spirit, it was his decision to donate life so that others may live.

  The family invites everyone to wear red or I.U. attire to honor Otis.

   Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m, Friday, November 1, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the funeral home with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery with military rites conducted by local veterans organizations.  Masonic rites will also be observed.

  Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Carter family.

  Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

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Ann Carter Swaney
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Otis, you were my strength in good times and bad. Thank you for being the BEST brother in all the world. You are loved so dearly. Your memories will always remain in my heart and mind forever. You were so kind, gentle, and a great listener. A light has gone out of my life but our happy memories will always remain in my heart. You will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace dear brother.

Teresa Doglione
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Carter Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!

Teresa Doglione

Melody Coleman
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Otis was one of the sweetest, most gentle souls I ever had the pleasure of meeting. I loved working with him. He was always so positive, helpful, and such a great person to be around. Praying for his wife and daughters during this sad time. 🙏

pat jones
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
I was a childhood friend of Otis and was very sad to hear of his passing. I know he has gone to a better place. To his surviving family I am expressing my deepest sympathy.

Bill Tompkins
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Enjoyed the many years working with Otis at INDOT. He was a great person and always willing to help someone with any issue. He was a very dedicated and caring employee at INDOT. He was also a very good friend. My condolences and prayers for the Family.

Pam Eggles
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
I am so sorry for your family's loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Prayers coming your way.

Violet Nelson-Rust
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
So very sorry to hear of Otis's death. He was a classmate and a friend from Tell City High School Class of 1966. He was a talented runner and won many awards! He was a very kind person who liked everybody. Rest in Peace. You will be.missed.

William C Barkdull
   Posted Tue November 12, 2019
I worked with Otis over 30 years on many projects, he was always helpful and willing to help where and when needed. Otis was one of the very first contact's I encountered AT INDOT Central office from the beginning of my almost 34 years. He was always there when you needed him, sometimes when you didn't, ha, ha!! He made things easier having him in your corner, at least most of the time! He took his job very seriously, there was no other way in his mind, right is right and wrong is not going to happen! If you was a friend it was forever! Otis may you Rest in Peace and dwell in The House of Our Lord and Saviour Forevermore, AMEN.

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