Royce M. Carter, age 90, of Mineral Springs, passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.
He was born on Sep. 21, 1926, in Stuttgart, the son of William Arthur Carter and Ella Isbell Carter. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret Carter; his son, Billy Royce Carter; four brothers; and two sisters.
Royce was a U.S. Army veteran and a Christian in his faith. He worked 20 years for National Steel building ships, and in retirement was a rancher, farmer and bred and raced thoroughbred horses. He was an avid fisherman, loved animals and enjoyed gardening, planting “food plots” for the deer and putting up hay for the season.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Bill Daughety of McKinney, Texas, and Linda and Stephen Sunwall of Little Rock; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Judy Carter of Lonoke; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary Lou Chiappone of San Diego, Calif., Betty Cooper of Santee, Calif. and Marcy and Gene Shoemaker of Angleton, Texas; his stepdaughter, Billy Joyce Hentsch of Tullahoma, Tenn.; his stepbrother, Buel Bowlan of Gila Bend, Ariz.; his best friends, Mike and Carlee Shelton of Lockesburg; many nieces and nephews; and his three cherished dogs who were his constant companions, Jake, Little Girl and Big Girl.
Services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood with Bro. Dale Carter officiating.
Visitation was Tuesday, 1 p.m. until service time.
Interment followed in the Glenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Marshall, Harold Griffith, Mike Shelton, Kaleb Sunwall, Bill Daughety and Dale Carter, Jr.
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.