Louise Simpson Carter

February 7, 2024

CHARLOTTE – Louise Simpson Carter, 93, was called home into the arms of Jesus on February 7, 2024.

Louise was born on October 4, 1930, in Union County, NC, to the late Vander S. Simpson and Atha Williams Simpson. She graduated from New Salem High School in 1949, and from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1953. On June 20, 1954, she married William Eugene Carter. Louise was a loving wife for fifty-one years and a caring mother to her three children. She taught for many years in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system and enjoyed making learning fun for her fourth and fifth graders. She even broke her wrist teaching her students how to square dance. Louise enjoyed cashiering at Old Hickory House Barbecue Restaurant on North Tryon Street, owned by her husband Gene and her brother-in-law Bob Carter. She always had a smile on her face and kind words for their customers. Louise and her sister Ruth volunteered at Presbyterian Hospital and delivered food to those in need for Meals on Wheels. They were quite a duo. She enjoyed spending Saturdays at Southpark Mall with her friends Sallye Campbell and Boots Simmons. Louise was a dedicated member for Christ Presbyterian Church and cherished her church family. 

Louise is survived by her daughters, Kathy Smith and husband Gene of Summerville, SC, Susan Wall and husband Christopher of Waxhaw, NC, and her son David Carter of Lake Norman, NC. Survivors also include her four dear grandchildren: Blair Smith, Emily Zimmerman and husband Dylan, Vander Carter, and William Carter, along with her special nieces and nephews. Louise will forever be remembered for her sense of humor, contagious smile, and loving spirit.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death and reunited in eternal life by her husband Gene, and her sisters Ruth Cross and Lorraine Stacey. 

A service of remembrance and celebration of Louise’s life be held 10:00 AM Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Christ Presbyterian Church. Her family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Louise’s honor may be made to Christ Presbyterian Church, 2461 Arty Avenue, Charlotte NC 28208.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.


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    Dear Kathy, family and friends, I had the honorable pleasure to care for Louise as a patient for close to a decade. She literally was one of the kindest, loving souls I know. Additionally, she ALWAYS asked how I was doing-and genuinely cared when asking.
    She had sparkling eyes, a smile that could lift anyone's spirit, and always a quick wit whether she felt bad or not. She was SO INDEPENDENT- she would drive to the office for care when she was having respiratory symptoms and I FINALLY trained her to call me, so I could treat her via the phone. It kept her safe and away from germs in the medical office.She ALWAYS thanked me for getting the carpet out of her house, as it was a MAJOR trigger for symptoms.
    She might have been a tiny package, but a force to be reckoned. Some things were non-negotiable-certain family members were always going to be helped no matter the circumstances. But Kathy was her LOVE and CARETAKER when needed. I will see her in heaven and I am blessed to have known her on earth. LOVE, PEACE, COMFORT for those who love her and will have a significant void on earth until seen again in PARADISE. KATHY JONES, ACNP-BC