Elizabeth (born Finney) Carter was born on September 5, 1936, to Boyce Leroy Finney, Sr. and Annie Pearl (née Pitts) Finney in Laurens, Newberry County, SC, by a midwife. She entered quietly into the arms of Jesus on Saturday June 11, 2022.
Her family moved to Pennsylvania to seek better job opportunities when she was three months old. Elizabeth Carter received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at age 12 and was baptized at age 16 (John 3:16).
After graduating from Delhaas High School, Liz, as her family and close friends call her, later married her childhood sweetheart, the late Alec Samuel Carter. From this union was born a beloved daughter, Alecia Madeline. Later, she continued her studies and graduated from the Grace Bible Institute in Voorhees, NJ, to be a profitable servant of God. Liz spent most of her employment in social services and retired in 2004 as a social worker for the Bucks County Welfare Office in Pennsylvania. Liz loved to cook and was known for her collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and everyone knew she challenged herself to cook a meal with whatever was left in the kitchen.
She served the Lord in her church and community wherever she resided. She was a genuine”member“…she taught Sunday school, worked with young people and sang in the choir of the various churches. Indeed, she was a “member.” In 2010, she moved to Virginia with her daughter and son-in-law and joined Temple Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, where she actively served the Lord. When the family moved to Tennessee in 2021, Liz moved with them and became a member of Nolensville Road Baptist Church. (Revelation 14:13).
“Mama Carter,” as those in Virginia and Tennessee affectionately called her, spent many years serving the Lord in Pennsylvania, and she didn’t stop when she moved. When she moved to Virginia, no grass grew under her feet. Upon joining Temple Baptist Church, Liz immediately got to work and saw opportunities to serve the Lord. She rarely met a stranger and sought every opportunity to share Christ with others. Liz has volunteered at the Stafford County Courthouse, been involved with the Stafford Senior Citizens Council, worked on the kitchen committee, and enjoyed meeting new friends at lunch on Thursdays. She also worked well with her hands, sewed, then picked up a brush and learned to paint in the local art class. Plus, Liz has been meeting up with her pals from the Morning group “Seniorcise” to stay in shape. Once settled in Tennessee, she participated in Nolensville Baptist Church’s weekly outreach program, calling and encouraging sick and locked-in members. Liz attended the Senior Center in Mount Juliet, TN to maintain her fitness and expand her painting skills. Above all, she loved and appreciated the new changes and ministry opportunities God gave her to serve.
Nonetheless, it was no secret what (or who) she loved the most as she always made time to tell others about her friend, Jesus Christ. (Galatians 2:20). Liz loved her family and enjoyed family gatherings – especially food preparation! In addition, she loved teaching, shopping, traveling, acting, singing, reading and, of course, spoiling her grandchildren!
She leaves to cherish her memories, a precious and loving daughter, Alecia and her beloved husband, Mark Austin; two God-fearing grandchildren, Andre’ (Krystiana) and Samantha; and two step-great-grandsons, Aaric and Prince. Additionally, she leaves behind two sisters, Bertha Finney and Thelma Johnson, both of Willingboro, NJ; one brother, Leroy Finney (Janice) of Trenton, NJ; one sister-in-law, Gladys Finney of Burlington, NJ; an aunt, Belle Pitts of New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She considered many to be her “sons of faith” – Jerry Womack, Curtis Hills, Byron Hannon, Harold Vaughan, Bryan Moody, Greg Keene, Roger Bowman, DeAndre’ McLemore, Seth Haines, Tom Phillips and Daniel Adrian to name a few. only a few. .
Liz gave visible evidence and testimony of her faith and her walk with Jesus Christ until she was physically unable. Even when it became clear that leukemia would win the earthly battle, she remained firm and steadfast in the spiritual battle. Dozens of people have drawn nearer to the Lord through his faithful walk.
To God be the glory!
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Temple Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Memorial Park.