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  • ID: P774
  • Name: Clyde Crews Carter
  • Birth: 19 Jun 1911 in Rockingham County, NC USA
  • Death: 14 Mar 1998 in Morehead Nursing Center; Eden, NC
  • Burial: 16 Mar 1998 Lawson Cemetery; Eden, NC
  • Sex: M
  • Note: {\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\cocoartf1347\cocoasubrtf570\cocoascreenfonts1{\fonttbl\f0\fswiss\fcharset0 Helvetica;}{\colortbl;\red255\green255\blue255;}\pard\tx560\tx1120\tx1680\tx2240\tx2800\tx3360\tx3920\tx4480\tx5040\tx5600\tx6160\tx6720\pardirnatural \f0\fs24 \cf0 EDEN - Clyde Crews Carter, 86, formerly of Hwy 770 died early Saturday morning, March 14, 1998, at Morehead Nursing Center. \par \par Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Fair Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Lawson Cemetery. \par \par Born in Rockingham County, he was a member of Providence Baptist Church, a former member of the NC National Guard and was active in the Eden Red Cross as a volunteer. He worked in the Wilmington Ship Yard during World War II and later retired from Fieldcrest Mills. \par \par He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Carter. \par \par He is survived by five sisters, Janie Smith of Graham, Hattie Smith, Annie Fuller Davis, Daisy Cooke, all of Eden and Lillian Soots of Kernersville; several nieces and nephews. \par \par The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. at Fair Funeral Home and other times at the home of niece, Barbara Cooke Saul, 1301 Hillside Dr., Eden. \par ==================================== \par GATHER AND GIVE \par GARDENERS FIND WAYS TO SHARE THEIR BOUNTY \par Greensboro News & Record \par July 7, 1991 \par Author: BONNIE LAWRENCE Staff Writer \par \par When tomatoes hang ripe and heavy on the stalk and pea pods grow plump and \par full, Clyde Carter and Everett Nance gather up the fruits of their gardens. \par \par Then they give them away. Each summer the two Eden-area residents serve as \par the Robin Hoods of produce, taking from their own vast stock of fresh \par vegetables and giving to those in need. \par \par Carter, who's had a garden for years, says he's always given away his excess \par crops. \par \par ``I give them to my sisters, my neighbors, anybody who comes along,'' he \par said. ``I just like to do it.'' \par \par Carter's late wife, Elsie Mae, used to can and freeze many of the vegetables \par he raised. But since she died in 1988, Carter has given away everything he \par can't eat himself. \par \par ``I just get it up and carry it to the neighbors,'' he said. \par \par Nance's two-acre garden, in which he grows a slew of vegetables, likewise \par yields far more produce than he and his wife, Desser, can eat. Like Carter, \par the Nances give away much of what they raise. \par \par ``We give mostly to neighbors,'' said Everett Nance, 76, who has maintained \par a garden for more than 40 years. ``We have plenty for ourselves and we share \par it with other people.'' \par \par The Nances have even found a way to share their bounty year-round. When the \par weather turns cool in the fall, Desser Nance gathers up excess vegetables, \par throws them in a pot and cooks up savory stews and soups, which she \par distributes to those in need of a good meal. \par \par ``When I have extra carrots, potatoes, peas and beans, I put them in the \par freezer,'' said Desser Nance, 67. ``Then when they accumulate right much, \par I'll make a pot of stew.'' \par \par ``She likes to get in the kitchen cooking,'' said her husband. ``She gets up \par a whole bunch of stuff and cooks a big pot of stew. She puts it in quart \par jars and I carry it around and give it to people, mostly shut-ins in the \par neighborhood.'' \par \par Carter and the Nances are members of Providence Baptist Church near Eden. \par Many of the recipients of their generosity are members of the church family. \par \par ``We have a number of elderly people, one or two with Alzheimer's,'' said \par Desser Nance. ``They're not able to do for themselves. I enjoy doing for \par them.'' \par \par Carter also lends a hand to friends and neighbors with special needs. For \par example, there was an elderly woman, now in a nursing home, who could eat \par only a limited diet. Since green peas and squash were two foods the woman \par could tolerate, Carter supplied her with them whenever he could. \par \par Tending his 3/4-acre garden is no easy task for the 80-year-old Carter. But \par the Fieldcrest retiree finds that keeping busy helps push away the \par loneliness he has felt since his wife died. Thus he's out in his yard nearly \par every day, pulling weeds and watering crops. Even high temperatures don't \par keep him inside, he says. \par \par ``It never gets too hot to work out there,'' Carter said. ``My wife's mother \par used to say, 'He's going to fall dead out in that garden one day.' I'd say, \par 'That'd be all right. Just shovel dirt on me and go on.' '' \par \par The most difficult part of gardening, Carter says, is driving the stakes \par used to prop up tomatoes and cucumbers. He has to stand on a ladder in order \par to pound them into the ground. \par \par ``The preacher's wife asked me, 'What you got those tall stakes for?' '' \par said Carter. ``I said, 'Come back in July and August and I'll show you.' '' \par \par Everett Nance, a semi-retired auto repairman, sometimes gets a little help \par tending his 2-acre garden from his grandchildren, but usually he's the \par principal gardener. He admits that sometimes the heat gets to be too much \par for him. \par \par ``I don't get out there in the heat of day unless I've got something really \par pushing,'' Everett Nance said. \par \par Both gardeners keep a careful watch on the sky, hoping for the ideal balance \par between sunshine and rain. Some years the rain doesn't come and the crops \par fail. \par \par ``Last year the garden just dried up,'' said Carter. ``It's a good thing I \par don't depend on it for a living.'' \par \par This year mother nature hasn't exactly been cooperative either. The rainy \par spring delayed planting; then the rain stopped and the soil dried out. \par Carter has begun watering his garden, and Nance may soon set out his hose \par and oscillating sprinkler. \par \par But however large or small this year's crop yield, Carter and the Nances \par will continue their tradition of sharing the bounty. They all admit that \par when they give, they get. \par \par ``It gives you a feeling of helping someone else,'' said Carter, who also \par raises and gives away flowers. ``It takes other things off your mind. You've \par got to have something to keep you going.'' \par Caption: \par COLOR PHOTO: Lynn Hey / The Ledger ROBIN HOODS OF PRODUCE: Clyde Carter, \par above, leaves his garden with a bucket of vegetables, many of which he will \par give away. At right, Desser and Everett Nance inspect the tomato seedlings \par that will go into their late garden. \par Edition: ROCKINGHAM \par Section: LEDGER \par Page: 1 \par \par Copyright 1991, 2001 Greensboro News & Record \par Record Number: 9107050362 \par =================================}



    Father: Winston Marshall Carter b: 13 Oct 1868 in Stokes County, NC
    Mother: Ida Sue Crews b: 29 Jun 1875 in Rockingham County, NC USA

    Marriage 1 Elsie Mae Carter b: 26 Sep 1915 in North Carolina
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