Herman L. Carter, 74, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania went home to rest on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was born on May 24, 1946 at the Atkinson Memorial Hospital in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Benjamin L. Carter and Pearline Jacks Carter.
He received his early education at East Fallowfield Elementary School. He later attended South Brandywine Junior High and graduated from S. Horace Scott High School in 1964. He immediately enrolled in his beloved Cheyney University where the education and experience helped shape the man he would become.
Herman married Anna Lynn Smith on November 24, 2006 in Leesburg, Virginia. He is the father of one son, Herman L. Carter, Jr.
He attended Sunday school at The First Baptist Church of Passtown, along with his life-long friend, Leslie “Crutch” Crutchfield. In the later years of his life, he enjoyed attending services at Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston, Virginia.
Herman was a musician. He played drums in the Scott High School Band. When he was seventeen years old, he joined the rock and roll band, “King Twigg and the Royals,” where he played the drums for music greats such as Patti LaBelle, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Barbara Mason, and the Drifters. In college, he formed his own band and created a “following” in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
After Cheyney, Herman became a substitute teacher for the Coatesville Area School District. He was known for helping students become successful solving every day and complex math problems. He was recruited by the county to become a representative for the Chester County Department of Aging Services. Herman became a staunch advocate for senior citizens and arranged financial, healthcare and home repair for those who could not do it for themselves. His love for helping the “aged” remained throughout his life.
Becoming an entrepreneur was a dream for Herman. He grew up with family-held businesses all around him. His mother, Pearline Jacks Carter, owned her own beauty shop, his grandfather, Herman Carter, had a breakfast and lunch concession inside of Lukens Steel Company, and his uncle, Cordoza Jacks, was the founder of a funeral home in Philadelphia. This gave Herman the drive to open, “Carter Country,” a Tavern and Restaurant on Second Avenue in Coatesville. His restaurant served breakfast for those getting off the nightshift, and lunch to the downtown businessmen, and dinner with drinks for everybody! Carter Country was successful. There were themed night parties like “Come Dance in Your Hot Pants,” as well as events to commemorate family milestones. Later on, a steep decline of employment in the area, meant a steep decline for entertainment and Carter Country was closed.
Herman spent most of his professional career as a Probation Counselor for the State of Pennsylvania. Over the years he covered both the Chester and Delaware County Districts. Herman considered his service as a Probation Counselor as one of his greatest achievements. He took pride in helping young men and women move from feeling hopeless to a place where they could become their “best self.” He retired from the Parole Board in June 2004.
He was a man of many talents. He could expertly refinish furniture and then navigate his boat, “Carter Country,” down the Atlantic Coast. Herman was a Coast Guard certified, “Captain.”
He is survived by his wife, Lynn Carter, and son Herman L. Carter, Jr.; his sister, Barbara “Bobbi” Carter Bottoms; his Godson, Kevin Crutchfield; one uncle, Tyrone Jacks (Betty) of Coatesville; one aunt, Juanita Jacks of Cary, North Carolina; a nephew, Kristopher C. Bottoms of Poughkeepsie, New York; a niece, Kristin L. Campbell of Cleveland, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Linwood M. Smith, Jr. (Sylvia); and Allen T. Smith (Denise) of Coatesville; three sisters-in-law, Diane Moore (Sherman) of Baltimore, Maryland; Desire F. Hicks of Silver Spring, Maryland; and Angela J. Taylor of Martinsburg, West Virginia. He leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Herman will be held at the First Baptist Church of Passtown, 117 Barber Avenue, Coatesville, Pennsylvania on Friday, May 21, 2021.
Viewing will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. then Homegoing services will begin.
He will be interred at the New Evergreen Cemetery in the Hayti section of Coatesville, PA, immediately following the funeral service.
Posted by request of the family. Professional arrangements are being handled by Cordoza Jacks Funeral Home, Philadelphia.
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