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Michael James Carter

March 9, 1954 - Nov. 5, 2020

On 5 Nov. 2020 Michael James Carter was called home because his work was complete. Mike was a dedicated Deacon of Mt. Olive Star Missionary Baptist Church in Checotah. He loved his church and his friend and Pastor Samuel L Cunningham Sr. and family.

He met and married his wife Sandra on Dec. 20, 1989. He was a devoted husband and father of two and a Pop - Pop to seven grandkids. He loved taking the grandkids fishing and camping, even though they caught more fish than him at times. He loved spending time with them.

Mike attended and graduated school at Northwest Classen in Oklahoma City in 1972.

He joined the United States Navy where he served his country and received an honorable discharge.

He worked at the Southern Oklahoma Treatment Center for 21 years. He was known as Big Mike to his clients. He enjoyed his work and was always planting a garden for the clients every year and planning fish fries and barbecue events for them. The clients enjoyed the Feeding All Souls Christmas Dinner our church has on Christmas Day.

Mike was a very talented person. He loved to do woodwork, cook, barbecue food, watch all sports and fish. He also coached Checotah Little League baseball for a while.

His greatest love was fishing. He would share his fish with family and friends.

He never met a stranger and was always friendly with a big smile and heart.

He was truly a fisher of men and women. He loved to talk about the Lord to family, friends and strangers, too. If there is a pond of water in Heaven you will find him there fishing with his brothers and mother and sister.

He was born on March 9, 1954 to Bessie and Mervin Carter Sr. in Oklahoma City.

His mother, father, brothers, Mervin Jr., and Roger and sister Alice preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his death, a wife Sandra of the home, a daughter Sasha Warrior of Checotah, a son James A Boyd of Poteau, a daughter-inlaw ShaRon Boyd of Checotah, seven grandkids, Isaiah Butler of Texas, Erin Butler of Checotah, Sierra Smith of Muskogee, Tyra Smith of Checotah, Aniyah Boyd of Checotah, Jaidin Boyd of Checotah, and Haven Warrior of Checotah and a devoted sister Frankie Carter of Oklahoma City, and a dear friend Montgomery Starks of Oklahoma City, a sister-in-law Cheryl Carter, of Oklahoma City, two favorite nephews, Ronnie Harrison of Nevada and Franklin Carter of Oklahoma City, brothers-in-law, Luches Warrior Jr. of Checotah, Donald and Sandra Warrior of Checotah, Duane and Tema Warrior of Checotah, Billy Ray Warrior of Checotah and sisters-in-law Bonnie Whitfield of Oklahoma City and Kathy Dan of Checotah, and very special friends, Tommy and Eddy Blackburn of Blackwell, Oklahoma and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Checotah Funeral and Cremation Service.

Condolences to the family may be made at

McIntosh County Democrat

300-A S. Broadway
Checotah, OK 74426
(918) 473-2313