Andrew “Jay” James Carter

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Mr. Andrew Carter

ALBANY - Andrew “Jay” James Carter was born on November 17, 1921 in Albany, Georgia, and departed this life, on July 26, 2014. He was the oldest of five children of Eddie Lee and Lonnie Mae Dotley Carter. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Earline Elizabeth Carter and sister Lona Carter Warren.

Jay as he was called by family and friends received his formal education by attending elementary and high school in Albany Georgia. He attended Albany State College and completed a tailoring Course at Albany Vocational School. He joined the US Army during World War II where he served as an engineer in the 389th platoon. While in the service he had tours of duty in France and Germany. After completing his military obligation, he returned to Albany, Georgia to work in the family business, Union Dry Cleaners.

This family business started as a partnership between Elijah Marshall and Eddie Lee Carter, Sr. around 1920. The business was originally named Union Pressing Club and was located at 137 Broad Avenue in downtown Albany. The partnership was later dissolved and Mr. Eddie Lee Carter, Sr. became the sole owner. In 1940, a tornado destroyed the building and Union Dry Cleaners was relocated to 301 South Washington Street. This was indeed a family business and all of the children, grandchildren and other relatives worked in some capacity at Union Dry Cleaners.

Union Dry Cleaners hired employees and added to the economic growth of the Albany community. Jay worked in the family business as Manager of Union Dry Cleaners. After the death of his father, Jay became owner of Union Dry Cleaners. In 2001 during the Carter Family Reunion Jay was honored for his many years of dedicated service and hard work in maintaining the family business.

In 2000 in cooperation with the City of Albany, Department of Economic Development, Jay and his long time Manager, Homer Holiday relocated Union Dry Cleaners to 111 North Jackson Street in downtown Albany. Union Dry Cleaners was one of the oldest African-American businesses in Albany, Georgia.

Jay married Earline E. Carter on October 3, 1943 and to that union three children were born; Andrew L. Carter, Sr. and Cynthia Carter Teddleton. The oldest son died at infancy.

At an early age he joined Bethel AME Church in Albany, Georgia. He was a very active member of American Legion Post 512, an honorary member of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Department and other organizations in the city.

Jay leaves to mourn his passing his son Andrew L. Carter, Sr. (Kathleen); daughter Cynthia Carter Teddleton (William); grandson Andrew L. Carter, Jr. (Lisa); granddaughters Adrienne L. Carter and Chandra L. Teddleton; great grandchildren Ellis J. Carter, Ava C. Carter and Isabella S. Gardner; brother Eddie L. Carter, Jr., sisters Della C. Love, and Carrie C. Young; brothers-in-law Dell D. Warren, Sr., Rupert A. Littleton, Byron. A. Littleton, William “BG” Littleton (Zera), and Reverend Fred Daniels; many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and former co-workers.

Jay will be remembered as a fun loving person and missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Funeral services for the late Mr. Andrew Carter, 92, Atlanta, Georgia and formally of Albany, Georgia who departed this life Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Atlanta Hospice House, Atlanta, Georgia will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. from Bethel A.M.E. Church, 215 S. Washington Street, Albany, Georgia with Pastor, Rev. Ernest Davis, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow with Military Honors in the Union Memorial Park Cemetery, 1100 South McKinley Street, Albany, Georgia. His remains will lie in state at the church Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the service hour. The family of Mr. Andrew Carter will receive relatives and friends at 813 W. Gordon Avenue, Albany, Georgia. Meadows Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.