R. Earl Carter, mayor of Sykesville

October 06, 1994|By Dewitt Bliss | Dewitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

R. Earl Carter, who was mayor of Sykesville from 1949 until 1957, died Saturday of kidney failure at a nursing home in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He was 92 and had moved to Sierra Vista 18 years ago.

He was a member of the Sykesville town council from 1945 until 1949 and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for treasurer of Carroll County in 1954.

William F. Church, a print shop owner and former publisher of the Sykesville Herald, described him as "a very fine man, a leader . . . and a very good worker for Sykesville. He was one of our better mayors."

Mr. Church added that he served during "eight very eventful and important years."

During Mr. Carter's stewardship of Sykesville, Main Street and other streets were paved and side walks built. Streetlights and signs were put up, the Police Department was organized, and the planning and preliminary work for a water system were completed.

In 1952, he was one of the founders of the Sykesville Little League, which he later served as president. In 1956, he was regional tournament director for Little League Baseball.

He had been a deacon, trustee and elder of the Springfield Presbyterian Church and served on the board of the Springfield Cemetery. A Star Scout in his youth, he later was an assistant scoutmaster.

Born and educated in Sykesville, he operated a feed, fertilizer, lime and related agricultural products distributorship and an egg production business. He left those businesses in 1961 and became South Carroll County agent for a real estate firm from which he retired in 1976.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Haight Funeral Home in Eldersburg.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, the former Linda Vernay; three sons, Rodman V. Carter of Woodlawn, Warren Earl Carter of Sierra Vista and Jan Stephen Carter of Eldersburg; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

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