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Garieth Len Carter, Renaissance Man, Entrepreneur, Father, Husband, Uncle, Mentor, lover of conversation and political discourse died on September 14, 2020. He was 51.
Music, laughter, love, and people; Garieth’s life was a testament to the value of them all. His love of comic books, old movies and shows gave him an upbeat attitude and a positive approach to the world. He, too, would become one of those iconic superheroes for his family and community. Every hero has a creed, and for Gary it was simple; “Time is precious, spend it with the people you love and doing what you want”. His passion for standing up for what was right and his ability to take the time to listen, especially to children, made him beloved by all who knew him. Garieth found entrepreneurial success through his founding of IGSI in 1996 after working for various computer resellers. Starting his career as a warehouse clerk he worked his way up to become a purchaser and eventually a talented salesman. Later in life, he worked as a consultant and through his varied experiences he mentored others about business, career goals and personal success. Garieth was a truly creative problem solver. There were times he was able to find a solution for situations when no one else could. But Garieth felt his greatest accomplishment was his family. He adored his sons Zachary, Wyatt, and Alex as well as his nephews Gregory, Jamiel, Caleb and Semion. He loved spending time with his sons and extended family. When they were young, it was laser tag and mattress sledding down the stairs. He played with all the kids and often insured that the youngest of the bunch were engaged with the teenagers. When they were older, it was chess, monopoly, scrabble, or cards. He used these times with “his boys” to educate them, often hiding academics in the guise of games, and encouraging critical thinking. He loved good discussions and discourse. To his children’s chagrin he would often start conversations with complete strangers (delaying the time it took to run a simple errand.) Garieth routinely called national and local talk shows to engage them in lively debate, regardless of political affiliation. “Chris from Chesterfield VA/Salisbury NC” (Garieth’s radio persona,) was a constant presence in the Carter household. As a youth, he mastered countless languages, Spanish, French, Mandarin and Farsi just to converse with more people. He also believed and insisted on respecting his elders. He was electric when he entered your space. His laughter, thunderous. He insisted on giving and receiving the utmost respect to and from others. He set high standards and demanded them from family, friends, and colleagues. He believed in cherishing and treasuring people while they were living and made sure that his family and his wife knew he loved them daily.
Garieth is survived by his wife Susan, their sons Zachary and Wyatt, his mother Delores Lee Carter, his siblings Greg (Ophelia), Gilbert (Ludinya) and Gwen (Andre.) Chuck Green “his brother from another
mother” (Sylvia) along with his nephews and nieces (Gregory, Caleb, Semion, Jamiel, Joseph, Tara, Tashaun, Tameisha, Ludinya and Rachel). as well as cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, and family.
Carolina Cremation is assisting the Carter family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
Sharmalee Mohabir says
To the Carter family, we are very saddened to hear of your recent loss. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Lawrence Stead says
Our Serious Condolences, Great, Great Obituary ,Pictures Of Gary,Please Take Care, Much Love,Aunt Beverly, Loren,Uncle Lawrence
Katrina Stevenson says
To the Carter family, we are very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, son, and friend. We pray that God will bring you comfort during this time and trying times ahead and believe that He will do just that.
Scarlet Green says
Susan, I’m sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Harvey Jones Sr says
Susan, we are truly saddened for your family’s loss. Gary was a blessing to all and I know my life has been blessed simply because he was in it. We will continue to pray for you and the boys comfort and strength during this time.
Debbie Stead says
Our sympathy is heartfelt in the passing of Gary. He was such a lively/ loving person and had the gift of GAB. My you find comfort in the memories you shared with the Carter family & friends. Love & Peace, Aunt Grayce & family: Debbie, Chuckie, Michael & Makayla.
Maura Florimonte says
Such a huge loss. “He was electric when he entered your space” is such a perfect description!!
I really enjoyed working with him and cherished our friendship over the past 20 years. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo
Terry Stead says
Susan, this is an unbelievable loss. Our heartfelt condolences goes out to you, Alex, Zachary, and Wyatt, and also to the rest of the Carter family. I hope you will find comfort in all of the memories you and Gary created over the years. You are all in our thoughts.
Bill Edmonds says
Susan and family. Iam very saddened to know that Len has moved to higher places. His friendship meant a lot to me in our real estate dealings. I will ask God’s blessings your family. I felt like I was a part of your family. I share in your great loss.
Sandy Markert says
My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Denene Colbert says
My deepest condolences Susan!! My prayers are with you and the family ❤️❤️ Love you Gary!!! RIP ????
Geraldine Lee says
Susan prayers to you and your family from the Lee family. We love you. ????????
????Rest in Paradise Gary????
Hans-Joachim, Birgit and Simon Lange, Germany says
Dear Susan, dear Wyatt and family,
we are very sad to hear this terrible news about the death of your dear husband and father Gary and send you our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we wish you a lot of strength for the near future.
Feel embraced, Hans-Joachim, Birgit and Simon
Renee Howard says
Susan my condolences Gary was a very nice young man will continue to keep you and your family in prayer
To my Carter Family, I so sorry for your loss. I will asked the Lord to heal my Families hurt and to wrap the Blood of Jesus Christ to helps us get through this loss. To my Family remember this, God will heal and I Love you more my family. ????????
Christina Stanberry says
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ronnie Short says
I am so sorry mr Carter gave me some of the best advice in so many ways my thoughts and prayers are with yall