Obituaries » Donald VanBuren Carter
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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