J. Carter Obituary

J. Joel Carter
J. Joel Carter

December 1, 2014
Resided in Alaska


James Joel Carter was born on Oct. 11, 1947, in Asheville, N.C. He died peacefully in his home on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, of severe and chronic complications that stemmed from a bone marrow transplant he received in 1999. By his side were his daughters, Heather and Kelly; and his life partner, Angela Stein. Joel grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. After graduating from Enka High School, he earned a bachelor's degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity degree at Duke University and a Masters in Creation Spirituality in Oakland, Calif. Joel served as a Methodist minister for 20 years in the North Carolina cities of Chapel Hill, Franklin, Denton and Winston-Salem. In 1991, Joel fulfilled his childhood dream and moved to Alaska. He lived in his beloved yurts surrounded by nature, including his three pygmy goats and two huskies. While in Alaska, he worked in the mental health field as a Licensed Professional Counselor until 2007. In his retirement, Joel enjoyed spending time on the golf course with his friends and was passionate about environmental issues. Every year he would visit North Carolina to reconnect with dear friends, family and the cabin that he built in the mountains. Joel's passions led him into membership of The Alaska Center for the Environment/Valley Chapter and most recently as a Hospice volunteer. He co-founded Dayspring Retreat Center and was instrumental in founding the first PFLAG chapter and teen runaway shelter in the area. Joel is survived by his daughters, Heather Cheri Carter (Bradley Billheimer) and Kelly Rhea Carter (Todd Lemiesz); sister, Jill Carter (Donald Ashley); his cousin, Henry Duncan (Darlene Duncan), whom he loved like a brother; and life partner, Angela W. Stein, with whom he shared a marriage-like relationship for almost 18 years; Angela's daughters, Bianca Purcell (Roger Purcell) and grandson, Micah; and Jennifer Kirillova (Kirill Kirillov), granddaughters, Viktoria and Veronika and grandson, Nikita. Joel's Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at the Train Depot in Palmer, Alaska. A Celebration of Life will also be held in North Carolina in the spring (place and time to be announced). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to MatSu Regional Hospice or a local food bank. "Only good manifests in my life" ~ J. Joel Carter Funeral arrangements by Cremation Society of Alaska/Matsu. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.alaskacremation.com.

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