Love you.

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Donna Kimble

Harry was my Uncle, still is my Uncle, wherever he is. My mother Joanie is sister to Virginia.
When I was younger I visited my cousins, aunt, and uncle every summer and my most distinct memory of those times is of watching the summer olympic games on television. The olympics stayed on for days and days with all of us watching.
Uncle Harry was very knowledgeable about many of the sports and different athletes. He could pull all of these statistics out of his memory which was really remarkable to me as a young child. I am sure that I only had an interest because of him and Zach and Valinda who were all so enthralled by it- particular attention being paid to the swimming and diving of course. We all watched and commented on their form, the way the swimmers pointed their fingers or and held their hands and how far the divers jumped out for the backwards flips and how much they splashed or didn't.
The commentators said a lot of stuff too but maybe because of Harry's knowledge and enthusiasm or maybe because he was my uncle and he was right there watching with me, I always listened most closely to him.
The Olympics starts tomorrow and I believe he will stick around to share it with us one last time if only to be sure we stay committed and carry on the family tradition and watch it together.
Also, I want to mention one last thing also related to swimming. A few times I was allowed to go to swim practice and I would swim on the sides next to Zach and Valinda watching them and following all Harry's instructions. I was very very grateful I was allowed to even be there since I wasn't on the swim team and because Harry really was a very gifted teacher- I would not be half as good a swimmer if it weren't for him.
So I want to say thanks, Harry. You were a wonderful Uncle to me. In appreciation of all you have done for all of us I very carefully and diligently gather and light the sticks and branches for you in my mind, just the way you suggested I should. I love you and miss you already.
Donna

My Brother-in-law, Harry Carter.

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Joanie Sanford

Harry was my swim coach when I turned 11 in 1961, so I knew him for a very long time. He was a tall and well built with blondish-red naturally curly hair--an expert swimmer, gifted athlete and coach estraordinaire. I remember him on family campouts with tiny little kids, always taking care of things without a fuss. Harry generously allowed me to live with his family when I was in my early 20's and years later, I can still see him walking down the sidewalk, home from GA State, carrying his briefcase with his suit coat casually slung over his shoulder. (Harry took Marta even when he did not have to. He was a visioinary-- an environmentalist -- long before it was vogue).

My brother-in-law, Harry Carter, was an excellent photographer and had a keen eye for birding and the natural world. Through all his life he so rarely said anything negative it was astonishing if he did--and even then--he said it without rancor and in a very non-threatening way. Carrying the assets of kindness and seeing the good in everything and everybody even into the depths of his disturbing illness, when even the people around him were not able to, Harry was able to provide support for us all, even when his need was far greater than ours. Even at the end, when he was confined to a wheelchair for years, he was able to bring light hearted humor into his difficulties, shining through the bad times to "keep it light."

Harry also had a very bright mind and memory for details that I found astonishing-- and helpful. But more importantly, Harry Carter was very kind. My brother-in-law was a very forgiving and honorable person who will be deeply missed. He was truly a brother to me.

Harry and Virginia

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Mitzi Cole

What I learned from being around Harry and Virginia was how much they love one another and what good friends they are...I would think how much fun they must of had when they were younger and building their house and having their children...I love the way they both see the world, it is like Dorothy in the OZ, they both see the world thru emerald glasses..Always seeing the best in folks and finding the humor and joy in the simplest of things...I will always admire Harry for his intelligence and his ability to remember details from the past...He was always such a joy to visit with about so many different subjects. He went with the flow in the ultimate sense, never bitter, always open to possibilities. He was a great man...and I am glad that I was able to humble myself and be in awe of his strength. What a loss but what a blessing for him to sleep into no more pain..I will always remember him at Emily's soccer games and how deep his love and desire to see her play was even when you knew he was not comfortable. He loved watching her play. He always had this grin, an inner smile. He will be missed.

The Bench Dedication

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Zach Carter

Harry was honored when a bench was dedicated in his honor in downtown Cornelia

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Always cheerful

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Jennifer Hodgdon

The thing that always amazed me about Harry was that he was always cheerful.

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