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Longtime Cuero community volunteer dies of cancer

By Elena Watts
Sept. 15, 2013 at 4:15 a.m.
Updated Sept. 16, 2013 at 4:16 a.m.

Larry Carter, 58,  activities director at Victoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died Friday after his third battle with lung cancer.

Although it's only September, Cuero residents last week erected a giant snowflake used in the Christmas in the Park display in honor of Larry Carter.

They realized Carter was losing his battle with lung cancer and wanted to show him how much they cared, said Kay Lapp Arndt, longtime friend and executive director of the Cuero Chamber of Commerce.

Carter, 58, died Friday at Cuero Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. This was his third bout with the disease, which started in 1989.

"He volunteered for every organization," she said. "There's not a person in town who didn't know him or wasn't touched by him."

In March, Brenda Martin and her friends were moved when they saw Carter taking tickets at a benefit after a long day at work and during his battle with cancer. They helped organize a benefit for Carter in July to help defray his medical expenses.

"I'll miss his giving heart," said his niece, Relaine Pitts, of Houston. "His first priority was the Lord, and the community was next."

In 2013, Carter was named Citizen of the Year a second time by the Cuero Chamber of Commerce. He also received the honor in 2004.

"Even with his illness, he never stopped devoting time to the community and the church," Arndt said.

In addition to his duties as activities director at Victoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Carter was involved in organizations including Cuero's Christmas in the Park, the Cuero Chamber of Commerce, Cuero ISD Education Foundation, Cuero Housing Authority and Cuero Lions Club.

Carter leaves behind two sisters, Deborah Carter, of Cuero, and Janice Johnson, of San Antonio, as well as several nieces and nephews.

"I will miss his radiant smile most," Arndt said. "He was a genuine, caring person."



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