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Ben Carter

January 1, 2014 — March 17, 2014

Benjamin L. Carter passed away peacefully on March 17, 2014 at Colonial Nursing Home in Buffalo, Missouri at the age of 98. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Hettye W. Carter. Born in 1916 in Van Vleet, Mississippi, Ben graduated in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1938. Waiving a deferment received for his work at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, he volunteered for military active duty in 1943. As he told it "after zigzagging across the Pacific," he deployed to New Guinea with the 1311th Engineering Regiment building, docks, roads, and an airfield. He was awarded a battlefield commission and was subsequently promoted to 1st Lt. After the war, he worked as a Civil Engineer on a number of highway projects in Mississippi. Subsequent projects included work on dams, power plants, and large residential developments in multiple states including Illinois, Texas, and Louisiana. Ben and Hettye retired to Buffalo, Missouri in the early 1980s. He is survived by his nephew, Ben Douglas, Cape Coral, FL and niece, Mary Kringer, Burke, VA. Services will be held at 11 am Saturday, March 22 at Robinson Funeral Home, West Point, MS. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Palo Alto Cemetery. Friends may leave an online condolence at robinsonfh.net.
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