Keith James Carter

ELLSWORTH — Keith James Carter departed this life to be with the Lord Nov. 23, 2011. He would have been 62 on Nov. 27. He was born in Ellsworth, the son of Ralph “Billy” and Elizabeth (Cottle) Carter.

At age 17, Keith survived being shot in the head and literally spitting out the bullet. Six weeks later, he survived a car accident, which resulted in a fractured skull. He astounded everyone by recovering and going on to serve honorably with the United States Army in Germany from 1973 to 1975. Keith had a quirky sense of humor, often delighting the little ones with his Donald Duck voice, and, truth be told, he had a weakness for Chinese buffet. Keith loved to write poetry and was the poet laureate of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. His life revolved around his family and his church family. He will be remembered for being a gentleman, always holding a door to let a lady pass through before him. Keith was always grateful to Jimmy Card for saving his life in that teen car accident and to his family for the many camping, kayaking and boating trips he shared with them.

Keith is survived by his parents, Betty and Billy Carter of Ellsworth; brother, Bruce Carter and wife, Margaret, of Ellsworth; brother, Larry Carter and wife, Jane, of Surry; and sister, Alison Cowen and husband, Jim, of Ellsworth; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of Keith’s life will take place 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 50 School St., Ellsworth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Keith’s memory to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Kitchen Fund, 50 School St, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at

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