Carol L. McCarter

Born: Sat., Jan. 2, 1937
Died: Mon., Apr. 27, 2020


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Carol L. McCarter, age 83, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Jacksonville, IL.  She was born on January 2, 1937 in Linneus, MO to Kenneth and Louise Barkley Smith.  She married Stuart Peebles on July 8, 1955 in Pittsfield, IL and he preceded her in death on May 14, 1959.  She then married Carl ‘Bill’ McCarter on May 4, 1973 in Tulsa, OK and he preceded her in death on September 21, 1983.

Carol graduated from Pittsfield High School and went straight into the workforce waitressing for many years at various places including Steak House and Cardinal Inn.  She relocated to St. Louis, MO and worked at S.S. Kresge for several years and then began working in daycare.  After coming back to Pittsfield, Carol worked for George Nichol at Viking Engineering and managed the Dari Ripple for over 40 years, retiring at the end of the 2018 season with Danne Durall as owner.  She also worked at Green Acres for a time and also as a cashier at the Pikeland Community School for 18 years.  Carol loved playing cards with her Bridge Club,  playing the slots, and reading books.  She also enjoyed vacationing with her family, taking two trips every year; their annual trip to the Ozarks as well as a new adventure each year.  She was a loyal and honest woman, and will be missed for how loving, sweet, and giving she was.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie (Shane) Kays of Jacksonville, IL; her mother, Louise Pryor of Pittsfield, IL; daughter-in-law, Rusti Cummings of Jacksonville, IL; four grandchildren, Michelle Kays, Brandon Kays, Joseph Cummings, and Ashley (Jacob Batty) Cummings; and four great grandchildren, Olivia Haverfield, Owyn Haverfield, Jayden Batty, and Blake Batty.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Smith; spouses, Stuart Peebles and Carl ‘Bill’ McCarter; and son, William Cummings.

A graveside service will be held privately at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville, IL.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Diamond Grove Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Carol's memory to the following organization:

Diamond Grove Cemetery

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