COLUMBUS – Marietta Ward McCarter passed away Monday, July 29, 2013, in Columbus. She was born Aug. 22, 1917, in Houston to Rufus Alexander Ward Sr. and Mary Etta Huffman Ward.
In 1921, she moved to Columbus with her family. In 1942, she married Robert Bruce “Bill” McCarter. They were married 65 years until his death in 2007. She was a graduate of S.D. Lee High School in Columbus and Wylie Business College in Memphis. She worked for the American Red Cross in the Field Director’s Office at Columbus Air Force Base during World War II and then was employed by the Columbus City Schools for 21 years. Since her husband’s death, she maintained his farming interests in Lee County. She joined First Baptist Church after she moved to Columbus and remained a member throughout her life. She was a member of the Bernard Romans Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and Society of the Descendants of George Washington’s Army at Valley Forge.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Kate McCarter Roberts; son-in-law, William E. Roberts III; granddaughter, Mary Margaret Roberts; grandson, Porter McCarter Roberts; one sister, Margaret Ward Faris of Columbus; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Rufus Ward and Mrs. Archie Thomason of Tupelo; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Nannie Kate Ward Smith, Naomi Ward Moody, Ralph Rogers Ward, Lucian Alexander Ward and Rufus Alexander Ward.
A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. today, July 31, in Friendship Cemetery with Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers are Frank Faris, Jr., Kenneth Holditch, Rufus Ward, Ike McCarter, Joe McCarter, John William Rice, Tommy Moody, Judson Ward, Lucian Ward Jr., Hal McClanahan III, Jan McClanahan and Mac McCarty.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.