Elizabeth (née Finney) Carter was born on September 5, 1936 to Boyce Leroy Finney, Sr. and Annie Pearl (née Pitts) Finney in Laurens, Newberry County, SC by a midwife. She quietly went into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, June 11, 2022.
Her family moved to Pennsylvania to find better employment opportunities when she was three months old. Elizabeth Carter received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at age 12 and was baptized at age 16 (John 3:16).
After graduating from Delhaas High School, Liz, as she was known to her family and close friends, later married her childhood sweetheart, the late Alec Samuel Carter. A beloved daughter, Alecia Madeline, was born to this union. She later continued her education and graduated from Grace Bible Institute in Voorhees, NJ to become a profitable minister of God. Liz spent most of her employment in community service, retiring in 2004 as a clerk for the Bucks County Welfare Department in Pennsylvania. Liz loved to cook and was known for her collards, macaroni and cheese and everyone knew she would challenge herself to make a meal from what was left in the kitchen.
She served the Lord in her church and community wherever she lived. She was a real”Member“ … she taught Sunday school, worked with the youth and sang in the choirs of the various churches. In fact, she was aMember.” In 2010, she moved to Virginia with her daughter and son-in-law and joined Temple Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, where she actively ministered to the Lord. When the family moved to Tennessee in 2021, Liz moved with them and became a member of the Nolensville Road Baptist Church (Revelation 14:13).
“Mama Carter,” as she was affectionately known in Virginia and Tennessee, spent many years serving the Lord in Pennsylvania, and she didn’t stop when she moved. When she moved to Virginia, no grass grew under her feet. When Liz joined Temple Baptist Church, she immediately got down to work and saw opportunities to serve the Lord. She seldom met a stranger and looked for an opportunity to share Christ with others. Liz volunteered at the Stafford County Courthouse, was involved with the Stafford Senior Citizens Counsel, served on the kitchen committee, and enjoyed meeting new friends at the Thursday Lunch Bunch. She also worked well with her hands, sewing, and later picked up a brush and learned to paint at the local art class. Also, Liz met up with her buddies in the morning “Seniorcise” group to stay in shape. After moving to Tennessee, she participated in Nolensville Baptist Church’s weekly outreach program, calling and encouraging sick and trapped members. Liz attended senior center in Mount Juliet, TN to stay fit and expand her painting skills. Most of all, she loved and enjoyed the new changes and ministry opportunities that God had given her.
Still, it was no secret what (or who) she loved most because she always made time to tell others about her friend Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20). Liz loved her family and enjoyed the family gatherings – especially making the food! She also enjoyed teaching, shopping, travelling, acting, singing, reading and of course spoiling her grandchildren!
She leaves to cherish her memories, a precious, loving daughter, Alecia, and her beloved husband, Mark Austin; two godly grandchildren, Andre’ (Krystiana) and Samantha; and two beautiful great-grandchildren, Aaric and Prince. She is also survived by two sisters, Bertha Finney and Thelma Johnson, both from Willingboro, NJ; one brother, Leroy Finney (Janice) of Trenton, NJ; a sister-in-law, Gladys Finney of Burlington, NJ; an aunt, Belle Pitts of New York City; and a bunch of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She considered several her “sons by faith” – Jerry Womack, Curtis Hills, Byron Hannon, Harold Vaughan, Bryan Moody, Greg Keene, Roger Bowman, DeAndre’ McLemore, Seth Haines, Tom Phillips and Daniel Adrian to name a few .
Liz gave visible evidence and testimonies of her faith and walk with Jesus Christ until she was physically unable to do so. Even when it became apparent that leukemia would win the earthly battle, she remained steadfast and unshakable in the spiritual battle. Through their faithful conduct countless people have come closer to the LORD.
Glory to God!
The family will welcome their friends to the Covenant Funeral Service in Fredericksburg on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be a service at Temple Baptist Church on Saturday, June 25 at 11 am. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Memorial Park.