In the middle of a vintage Omaha, Nebraska snowstorm, on January 20, 1963, Deacon
Alan D. Carter was born to loving parents, Bro. Archie & Sis. Deanna Carter. He was the
younger of two sons, and they reamained best friends until the day he passed. Deacon
Carter grew up in Omaha, and graduated from Central High School in 1981. He
attended Midland College, in Fremont, Nebraska, and after obtaining his bachelor’s
degree, he completed the respiratory therapist program (two years) at the University of
Nebraska Medical Center and did further study in a one-year internship at Immanuel
In 1990, Deacon Carter met his future wife, Sis. Cindy Wilder, and they had two lovely,
vivacious daughters, Alicia and Brittany. Deacon Carter was also a stepfather to Cindy’s
son, Marcus. Deacon and Sis. Carter enjoyed 29 years of marriage, building a home for
their children and a heart for God.
Deacon Carter accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age, and was
baptized by Pastor James S. Allen at Zion Baptist Church. He was a faithful member of
Zion for many years, and was ordained as a deacon under Pastor Kenneth Allen on Palm
Sunday, April 17, 2011. Later that year, Sis. Carter was also elected a Deaconess.
Deacon Carter especially loved serving in Zion’s drama ministry and singing in the
Deacon Carter loved the TV show, Frasier. He and Pastor Allen (also a Frasier fan) often
had Frasier trivia contests; and Deacon Carter would always win! Deacon Carter liked
to recite famous quotes and proverbs, and he loved root beer, especially IBC. He also
liked watching sports, dancing, board games and card games (especially spades). He
loved winning, but when he lost, according to his brother, “he was okay with it.”
In 2018 Deacon Carter and his family moved to California to take care of Sis. Carter’s
parents. By this time both Alicia and Brittainy had finished their college degrees, and
they were soon gainfully employed. In the ensuing years, Deacon Carter’s health began
to fail, and he endured a number of hospitalizations and surgeries. On a visit to Omaha
to attend the funeral of a long-time friend, Deacon Carter suddenly passed away. It was
Sunday morning, and he was on his way to church with his brother.
Bro. Carter was preceded in death by his parents, Bro. Archie and Deaconess Deanna
Carter and his step-granddaughter, Mariah. He is survived by his wife, Deaconess Cindy
Carter; one brother, Deacon Anthony Carter; two aunts, Sis. Shirley Haynes and Sis.
Etta Dailey; two daughters, Alicia (Fontana, CA) and Brittany (Brea, CA); one stepson
and daughter-in-law, Marcus and Katrina (Detroit, MI), two granddaughters, Meena
and Maya; a niece and nephew, Samantha and Alexander; and a host of other relatives
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