Final Notes, Joe Carter

Joe Carter, 78, youngest son of Sara and A.P. Carter, died March 2, 2005, after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. He had been a fixture at the Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA, since his sister Janette created the venue in 1976. Joe was a natural country comedian as well as a fine singer and guitar player. His most memorable part of the Carter Fold show was probably his vast array of animal noises. As his niece Rita related just a week before his passing, “he’s the only person I know who can start a fight between two perfectly peaceful cats just by making noises.” Joe was with the Carters at the original Bristol sessions—Sara was nursing him at the time. In the 1950s he appears on the ACME recordings done by the Carter Family. He also appeared on the famous Border Radio shows and on radio with the Carters into the early 1950s. After returning to Hiltons, he worked as a carpenter and was an avid gardener. Rita says that he grew the biggest tomatoes in Scott County.

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