MRS. WALTER JOHNSON
Loses Her Father; a Prominent Mayfield
Citizen Passes to His Reward.
The Messenger of Dec. 5th said:
"After several years of declining health from a complication of human ailments, Andrew Jackson Carter, one of Mayfield's veteran and successful business men, died Tuesday evening at six o'clock at his home, corner Ninth and North streets, where he had lived many years. Mr. Carter was 65 years of age the 23rd of last February. He was born and reared three miles northwest of Mayfield, near Oak Grove church, but most of his life had been a citizen of Mayfield. He was one of the pioneer merchants of the city and conducted one of the largest dry goods and clothing stores for years. When a mere youth, Mr. Carter came to Mayfield and accepted a position in the shoe store of the late George Budke, which was located about the present site of Elliott's clothing store. After clerking in that store for several years and proving to be a successful salesman and entergetic young business man, he formed a partnership with J. R. Slaughter and they bought out the dry goods store of Ned Smith on the north side of the business square. Their business began to grow and increase until it became necessary for larger quarters. When a new building was erected on the west side of the square this firm leased it and was located there for twenty or more years under the name of Carter & Slaughter. The business never diminished, but grew with the city and was rated as the largest and strongest firm in West Kentucky.
Mr. Slaughter disposed of his interest a year a more ago and the firm name was changed to Carter & Ford Bros. On account of continued failing health, Mr. Carter sold his interest as did Ford Bros., last August to Flood & Waller, Mr. Carter retiring to private life after a successful and useful career in the dry goods business.
The deceased was a member of the Baptist church, having affiliated with the First Baptist church when a young man. He was a truly good man, having a reputation as an honorable, upright, Christian man, which he rightly deserved. He had been twice united in marriage, the first time to Miss Bettie Thomas, who died in 1902. She was a daughter of Zach Thomas, to whom three children were born and who survive, Leland Carter of the city and Mrs. Agnes Johnson, of Marion, Ky., the latter arrived here a short while after her father had breathed his last, and Miss Elizabeth Carter. Mr. Carter was united in marriage the second time to Miss Emma Lynn of the city nine years ago last September. She and one daughter, Miss Eva Lynn, survive.
The deceased also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Austin of South Eighth street, Mrs. Martha Eaker of South Ninth street, and Mrs. Sallie Green, of Marion, Ill.
Mr. Carter was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
The funeral services were conducted from the First Baptist church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. J. Castleberry, pastor of the First Christian church, assisted by Dr. H. N. Barbee, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, the regular pastor of the First Baptist church, Rev. W. M. Wood, being out of the city. Burial occurred in Maplewood cemetery.
The pall bearers were: Hubbs Waller, Jim Wilson, C. W. Wilson, Wm. J. Johnson, Will Wyman, Terry Smith, John W. Christie, Tom Elliott, Clifton Sullivan, W. E. Norman, Tom McGuire, Dr. John Dismukes and Prof. C. T. Canon.
In the death of A. J. Carter, Mayfield has lost another of its useful and valuable citizens. Mr. Carter has been a citizen of this town for many years as a dry goods merchant and during time he has never lost any of his prestige as an honorable Christian gentleman.
He has always been a modest man, attending strictly to his own business and enterfering with nobody else. He has always been noted for absolute honesty, his word being as good as his bond. He had a very extensive acquaintance and everybody knew Andrew Carter and spoke of him as a useful citizen. He has been more or less in ill health for several years, which prevented him from exercizing that energy in business which he wished so much to do.
With the burial of this good man the city can but mourn the loss of another of her valued sons."
Crittenden Record-Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1909-1919, December 13, 1917, Edition 1, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.