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.
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