1942 – 2014

AUBURN — Everett Augustus “Papa” Carter of Turner died peacefully at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice’s Hospice House in Auburn at the age of 72, on Friday, Aug. 1, with his loving wife, Norma, and family at his side.

He was born in Rockland on Feb. 6, 1942, to the late Everett A. and Lorraine Grotton Edwards Carter. Raised in Rockland, Everett was well-known as “Slim” by his friends and co-workers. He worked at Stanley’s Garage and was a proud volunteer fireman with the Rockland Fire Department.

After moving to Lisbon Falls, Everett worked for many years at Snow’s Tire Retreading Co. Upon meeting his wife, Norma, he moved to Turner.

Everett enjoyed playing an electric six-string guitar and had a passion for listening to country singers such as Hank Williams Sr., Hank Snow and Johnny Cash among others, and his favorite female country singer was Tammy Wynette.

During the height of the CB radio craze, Everett was well-known as “Retread” and made numerous friends. Man’s best friend, his late black lab named “King,” was his loyal, devoted buddy, was always at his side and was loved beyond measure by Everett in return.

In addition to his loving wife, Norma, and her children, which he adored and loved, are: Theodore S. and his wife, Mary Gammon, and their children, Liza and Richard; Wayne and his wife, Vivian Gammon, and his daughter, Erika Kim; Norman and his wife, Brenda Gammon, and their children, Amanda, her fiancée, Dana Hall, and Matthew his wife, Beth, and their children, Alex and Leena; Larry Gammon and his daughter, Toni and her significant other, Garrett, their daughter, Clole; and Elaine Warner-Stedt and her husband, Jerry, and her children, Chelsey Warner and her significant other, Tristan Landry, and Forest Warner. His adored and much-loved children of his former wife, Helen Mylen, are: Deb (Colson) her husband, Carl Bernier, and their daughter; Elaine Colson; Chuck and his wife, Susan Colson; and Jeffrey and his wife, Hope Colson. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; Everett’s loving sister, Betty J. Carter Grey and her companion, John Harrick, of Norwalk, Conn., and her children residing in Connecticut, Barbara L. Grey, Richard Grey, William and his wife, Dana, and Robert and his wife, Jan, all of whom loved their Uncle Everett more than words can express; one great nephew; and one great niece.

He was predeceased by two half-brothers, Lewis Edwards and late wife, Flora, and their children who loved their Uncle Everett dearly, Lewis and his wife, Shelia, Lugene and her husband, Larry Jackson, Kathy and her husband, Roland Flaherty, and the late Robert Edwards; four great nieces; and two great-nephews.

Everett’s big heart, kind nature and contagious laughter awarded him a lifetime of great, wonderful friends and acquaintances. He enjoyed their visits and conversations, and will be forever remembered by all whose lives Everett touched.

Everett’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to his wonderful doctors who have treated him over the years, and all the nurses and staff at both St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Central Maine Medical Center, and a very special thank-you to the doctors, nurses, staff members and the wonderful volunteers at the Hospice House.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Everett’s life by visiting his quest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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