Michael Everette Carter, 71, of Richmond, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018. He was preceded in death by his father Michael E. Carter, and brother-in-law Donald Letford.
Michael was born April 15, 1946, in Montgomery Alabama to Michael E. Carter and Bettye (Shell) Carter, O'Brien, Mathers. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School with the Class of 1964 and attended The University of Alabama where he played the clarinet in the Million Dollar Band.
Michael had a long radio career broadcasting classical music. He started in 1970 at WAJM in Montgomery, Alabama. His career took him to WCMU in Mt. Pleasant Michigan, WLRH in Huntsville, Alabama, WFLN, Philadelphia, WQXR, New York City, WUAL, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and finally in 2005, he was hired as the Music Director for WEKU, Richmond, Kentucky. Michael was known for his vast musical knowledge, wonderful voice and the teller of some pretty bad jokes and puns! He was a good friend to many and a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.
Michael is survived by his wife, Lydia Akin-Carter of Richmond; his four children, Jason Carter of Philadelphia, Vanessa Carter of New Jersey, Christopher Akin of Toms River New Jersey, Lisa Couch and her husband Jeremy Couch of Richmond, Kentucky; his two granddaughters, Logan and Lakyn; his mother, Bettye Mathers, of Montgomery, Alabama; his sister, Judy Letford of Montgomery, Alabama; and his two nieces, Ginger Letford Schofield and Bonnie Letford; and two great-nephews, Eli Gibson and Asa Letford.
A Memorial Mass will be held for Michael at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 3, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 608 West Main St., Richmond. Reverend Tom Farrell will be officiating. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass.
Memorials may be made to:
- St. Marks Catholic School
- WEKU Radio Station
- WKYL Radio Station
Published on February 1, 2018
Deceased Poet: Michael Carter 1964
Date Of Birth: 4-15-1946
Date Deceased: 1-31-2018
Age at Death: 72
Cause of Death: Illness
Poet City: Richmond
Poet State: KY
Poet Country: USA
Survived By: Lydia Akin
An outstanding musician in the Lanier Band. Career as a classical music radio announcer.