William R. Carter, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. supervisor and a decorated World War II veteran, died Wednesday of heart failure at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley. He was 86.
Mr. Carter was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore. He was a 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.
He worked at Western Electric Corp. before enlisting in the Army in 1942. He served as a staff sergeant with the 3rd Signal Company of the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe.
Mr. Carter was a veteran of the 1944 landing at Anzio, Italy, and was awarded the Bronze Star for "meritorious service in direct support of combat operations" in Sicily, Italy and France, the citation reads.
"In the absence of the Wire Chief he proved himself a worthy leader and under his direction the team proved itself one of the best under the most difficult conditions," it concluded.
After the war, Mr. Carter was transferred from Western Electric to the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., where he held a variety of management positions. (C&P; later became Bell Atlantic and is now Verizon.)
At his 1980 retirement, he was a foreman-supervisor in C&P;'s Network Division.
After retiring, Mr. Carter volunteered for 25 years with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and also volunteered with the Red Cross.
He was a longtime member of the old Gatch Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore, which later merged with Hiss United Methodist Church in Parkville.
At Gatch, he had been a lay leader, Sunday school superintendent, choir member and delegate to the Annual Conference. He also had been a district lay leader for the United Methodist Church.
Mr. Carter was an avid stamp collector and specialized in collecting United Nations stamps. He had been president of the Chesapeake Philatelic Society.
A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at Hiss United Methodist Church, 8700 Harford Road.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Thelma E. Owens; two daughters, Lynn E. Bivona of Hunt Valley and Janice G. Carter of Littleton, Colo.; and a grandson.