Bessie Carter

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    Bessie Smith Carter, 100, of Murphy, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019, in a Murphy care facility.
    She was a native of Tate, Ga., but lived in Murphy most of her life since 1937.
    Bessie was a dedicated member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as past church secretary, Sunday school teacher, Missionary Circle treasurer and secretary of the Sunday School Association.
    Bessie loved everyone, and enjoyed cooking and feeding her friends and family.
    She was the daughter of the late Tom Henry and Arena Roach Smith, and wife of the late Nathaniel Robert “Shike” Carter, who died July 17, 1997. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Buchanan; and a son, Wilburn M. Smith.
    She was the last surviving of her 13 siblings.
    Surviving are a son, Harry Pickens of Murphy; a special niece and nephew, whom she helped raise, Vivian Pickens and Richard Pickens, both of Murphy; 12 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with the Revs. John P. Webb and Louis Grant officiating.
    The interment will be in Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eddie Blount, Dwight Bennett, Tyrea and Kevon Allen, and Benny and Jake Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Andre and Joseph Smith.
    The family will receive friends from noon-1:45 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, prior to the services.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at

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