History of the Restoration Movement


Jesse Howard Carter

1919-1968

The Life of J. Howard Carter

J. Howard Carter was born in Franklin, Tennessee November 8, 1919. He was married to Lorraine Gray, June 3, 1943. They had three children, Frank, Danny, and Laura.

Baptized in 1937 by C.J. Garner, brother Carter began preaching in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1940. He received his training at David Lipscomb College. He preached for the church of Christ in Haileyville, Oklahoma in 1943. Then, he followed with a work with the church in Ashland City, near Nashville, Tennessee from 1943 to 1945. He then moved to Bremen, Georgia in 1945 and preached there until 1952, but later returned to this work for three years from 1957-1959. During the period he was away, he served the Springfield church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1959 he moved to LaGrange, Georgia to assist the Park Ave. church of Christ. In 1961 the family moved back to Tennessee where he began preaching for the Hixson church of Christ in Chattanooga. There for seven years, he assisted the church greatly to build and strengthen.

He was involved in radio evangelism, with regular programs on WLBB in Carrollton, Georgia. While in Bremen, he was able to assist the church in great growth with the membership doubling in size and the attendance tripling.

In 1968, he began having heart problems. He had a massive heart attack October 9, 1968 at 48 years of age. Burial followed in the family plot in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

-Scott Harp, Sources: Preachers of Today, vol. 1, p.65; vol. 2, p.69; vol. 3, p.56;

Gospel Advocate Obituary

On Wednesday, October 9, J. Howard Carter died suddenly of a massive heart attack. He had suffered two coronary attacks in March and May of this year, but had resumed his regular work with the Hixson congregation in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Brother Carter was a native of old Hickory, Tenn., and a graduate of David Lipscomb College in Nashville. He worked with five churches during his twenty-five years of preaching: Ashland City, Tenn., Bremen, Ga., LaGrange, Ga., and the Springfield church in Jacksonville, Fla. He was known as a builder of churches through Bible school promotion and personal work. He possessed an unusual love of mankind, had a zest for hard work, and his untiring enthusiasm was contagious.

During the past seven years Brother Carter worked with the Hixson church in Chattanooga where the growth has been phenomenal. When he moved to the Chattanooga area in August of 1961, the church averaged 225 in Sunday school with a membership of 160. At the time of his death, the Bible study attendance was averaging 433 per Sunday and the membership was 405. The Hixson congregation loved J. Howard Carter and brother Carter appreciated this church.

James Boyd and I conducted the funeral service for brother Carter on October 11 in the Hixson church building. He was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tenn. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and three children. Howard Carter loved Christ and the church. He was a diligent worker and faithful proclaimer of the Word of God.

Willard Collins.

Gospel Advocate, December 26, 1968, page 827.

Directions To Grave

J. Howard Carter is buried in the Mt. OIivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

From I-24 W - In Nashville Take Decatur Street Exit. At dead end, turn right on Hermitage Ave. Continue until you pass Calvary Cemetery on right. The next cemetery will be Mt. Olivet. Enter main entrance. Turn left as if going toward the funeral home. However, continue past funeral home to the end of the road and turn right. As the road bends to the left, stay left. Turn to first left and continue to the fourth section on your right. Look for a statue of Jesus in the Garden praying. The Carter plot is nex to the statue. See photos below, or GPS for actual location.

From I-24 E - In Nashville take Fessler's Lane Exit and turn left. At dead end, turn right on Hermitage Ave. Continue until you pass Calvary Cemetery on right. The next cemetery will be Mt. Olivet. Enter main entrance. Turn left as if going toward the funeral home. However, continue past funeral home to the end of the road and turn right. As the road bends to the left, stay left. Turn to first left and continue to the fourth section on your right. Look for a statue of Jesus in the Garden praying. The Carter plot is nex to the statue. See photos below, or GPS for actual location.

GPS Location
36.148395, -86.729183

Garden of Gethsemane - Lot 52


Woodrow "Red" Carter - May 1, 1913 - March 29, 1987
Allie Morris Carter - November 5, 1912 - June 12, 2012


J. Howard Carter
November 8, 1919
October 9, 1968

Photos Taken 06.23.2016
Webpage produced 11.14.2018
Courtesy Of Scott Harp
www.TheRestorationMovement.com

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