Ina Stevens Carter, age 93, of 345 Watauga Drive, Boone, and former resident or Raleigh, passed away Monday morning, April 21, 2014, at Watauga Medical Center.

Ina graduated from Cary High School in 1937. She worked for several years in merchandising at a women's clothing store in Raleigh. After marriage, she stayed in the home and she and Tommy had two children, Janice and Allen. Later she started a long career in bookkeeping for her father's companies, Stevens Building Company and Atlantic Construction. The Carter's were long time members of Forest Hills Baptist Church where Ina spent many joyful years teaching Sunday School to young children there.

During their long and happy marriage, she and Tommy took great pleasure in spending time with their many friends and particularly enjoyed entertaining their closest friends at their Atlantic Beach home. Of course, grandchildren were also a big part of their fun at the beach house.

The last years have been spent in the home of her daughter in Boone, NC. She will be missed by all of her surviving family and friends. She is at peace now surrounded by angels and surely next to her beloved Tommy.

Mrs. Carter is survived by, one daughter, Janice Blair and husband Don, of Boone, one son, Thomas Allen Carter, of Boone, one granddaughter, Beth Loflin and husband Steve, of Boone, one grandson, Jeffrey Carter Blair, of Memphis, Tennessee, two great-grandsons, Carter Blair, of Eugene, Oregon, Thomas Loflin, of Boone, three-great-granddaughters, Ryan Loflin of Boone, Emma Blair, and Ava Blair, Memphis, Tennessee, two brothers, William Stevens and wife Sue, of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Donald Stevens, of New Bern, North Carolina, four sisters, Geneva Massengil, of Florida, Octavia Rivenbark, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Helen Denning, of Smithville, North Carolina, and Catherine Ward of Monroe, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Thomas Emory Carter, her father and mother, Allen Thurman Stevens and Helen Gertrude Hughes Stevens, one sister, Sue Wilson, and one brother, Jerry Stevens.

Graveside services for Mrs. Ina Stevens Carter will be conducted, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at Montlawn Memorial Park, in Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Watauga County Relay for Life, c/o American Cancer Society, 441 Daniel Drive, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Carter family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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