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William “Wayne” Carter, 88, lifelong Holden resident, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Wayne was born January 16, 1933, in Holden, son of William Jasper Carter and Elsie Faye (Garrison) Carter.

He graduated from Holden High School, Class of ‘51.

Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Korean War.

Following his discharge, Wayne went into the home construction business with Joseph Huber.

He eventually went out on his own, owning and operating Carter Construction for many years.

Wayne was united in marriage to Sandy S. Hetherington on March 9, 1981 in Oklahoma.

On August 5, 1980, the couple acquired the “Cowboy Inn” in Holden. He was a member of the Holden High School Hall of Fame, having played on the first undefeated football team at the school.

Wayne was a little league coach for many years.

He also enjoyed woodworking in his shop and tending to his vegetable garden. He was known as “The Tomato King.”

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 40 years, Sandy; four sons, Claude Carter (Victoria) of Florida; James Carter (Monica) of Holden, MO; John Carter (Juanita) of Pleasant Hill, MO; and Neil Carter (Sally) of Holden, MO; daughter, Marcella McCoy of Odessa, MO; brother, Wilmer Carter (Kay Leibfried) of Holden, MO; nine grandchildren, Jaramia Carter (Rebecca) of California; Jolie Carter (Brad Kelly) of Blue Springs, MO; Dexter Carter (Danielle) of Raytown, MO; Jasper Carter (Kasey Briscoe) of Oak Grove, MO; Cassandra McCoy of California; Jessie Carter (Andre Jones) of Columbia, MO; Andrew McCoy (Danielle) of Odessa, MO; David Carter (Kelsey) of Holden, MO; and Douglas Carter (Hailey) of New York; and seven great-grandchildren, Kenlie, Kyndall, Karson, Hagen, Zenna, Kinsley and Alivia.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert.

With social distancing concerns in mind, the funeral service was held at Forward Community Church in Holden, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 with Pastor Dexter Snyder officiating.

Interment followed at the Holden Cemetery, with Full Military Honors provided by United States Army Honor Guard, Holden VFW, Post #5844 and Munday-Hancock Post #90, American Legion.

Pallbearers were Andrew McCoy, Dexter Carter, David Carter, Jasper Carter, Tony Lerda and Russell Jennings. Honorary pallbearers were Sam Raber, Worley Eagleson, Howard Porter and Bob Banes. Visitation – the family received friends from 9 a.m. until service time, Tuesday, at the church.

Memorials – in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City or Holden VFW, Post #5844. Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

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