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Donald VanBuren Carter

October 22, 1938 - June 28, 2021

Donald VanBuren Carter, passed away on June 28, 2021 at the age of 82. Don is survived by his 2 children, son Donnie Carter and his daughter, Sonya Allen and her husband, Tim: his beloved granddaughter Anna Gwinn as well as many extended family and friends especially Dickie Engleman and Tim Cathey.

Don was born on October 22, 1938, in Selma, VA to Mabel VanBuren and Alonzo Carter. In addition to his parents Don was preceded in death by his Aunt Mary Jones. He joined the United States Army and was a Green Beret during Vietnam. He owned many businesses throughout his life with the last being the Alleghany Printing Company and retiring from the Dairy Bar in Clifton Forge, VA. He was a board member of the Clifton Forge Main Street serving as the Mayor of Clifton Forge for two terms. He was also a member of the Clifton Forge Coffee Club. He served as the Exalted Ruler of the Clifton Forge Elks Club, Board member of Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, a huge fan of UVA and was a season ticket holder for many years.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in Don’s memory please consider your charity of choice.

Per Don’s wishes he will be cremated with his cremains spread where he hunted with his beloved son. There will be a memorial service held later in Clifton Forge. To send condolences online please visit obituaries.tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Roanoke is assisting the family.

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So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I knew him many years ago. He was a very kind and caring young man but most of all he was a handsome true Southern Gentleman and a good friend.Don was stationed at Fort Gordon , Georgia. He proudly and honorary served his Country. Thank you Don for your service. Prayers and sympathy for Don’s family.

Posted by Anonymous on October 15, 2021

So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I knew him many years ago. He was a very kind and caring young man but most of all he was a handsome true Southern Gentleman and a good friend.Don was stationed at Fort Gordon , Georgia. He proudly and honorary served his Country. Thank you Don for your service. Prayers and sympathy for Don’s family.

Posted by Anonymous on October 15, 2021

He was a good friend and great man he will be missed by all

Posted by Della Bland on July 4, 2021

With sincere sympathy to Donnie’s family. I went to Central High School with Donnie, a quiet, well liked boy. He was known by many in Clifton Forge, especially when he served as mayor, and was the owner of the DairyBar. We have lost another fine friend. God bless each of his family.

Posted by Phyllis Vess on July 3, 2021

Don was such a sweet man. My favorite memory is dancing with him at Sonya’s wedding. He was funny and kind. Prayers of healing and peace for Sonia and Donnie and family.

Posted by Julee Goodman on July 3, 2021

Donnie & Sonya and family I am so sorry about the passing of Don. I know that he will be missed greatly by all of us. Love and prayers Roger and Sandi

Posted by Sandra Crandall on July 2, 2021

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