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Vivian Rankin Carter

October 10, 1945 - April 13, 2023

Vivian Ann Rankin Carter, 77, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 13, 2023. Vivian was born October 10, 1945, in Warrenton, Virginia, to Ellis and Ruth Rankin, who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by younger sister, Nancy Campbell.

Vivian was a graduate of Osborn High School in Manassas, Virginia, Class of 1965. Through her employment with Commonwealth Telephone, she met Donald Carter, whom she married in 1967 and devoted the rest of her life to raising their family.
Vivian is survived by her husband, Donald Carter of Lynchburg; her sister, Jean Whorten of Broadway, Va; her daughter, Kelly Urbani (Brian) of Madison Heights, Va; grandson, Luke Urbani (Corrine) of Augusta, Ga; granddaughter, Michaela Urbani of Madison Heights, Va; and great grandchildren, Lilly Mae , Chase, and Cooper Urbani of Augusta, Ga.

Vivian was a creative person who loved crocheting, cooking, crafting and appreciated fashionable clothing and jewelry.

A member of Beulah Baptist Church on Leesville Road, the family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the church.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit

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Tubby (our aunt) was one of the most incredible women we have ever known. She was kind beyond words to all she knew. We have lost a great woman but she is now healed & home with god. Sending love, hugs & prayers to Uncle Donald, Kelly & the rest of their family. May god walk by your sides as you navigate the days, years & months ahead. She so loved all of you.

Posted by Diane & Paul Sever on April 20, 2023

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. I know that your faith will hold you up in this time of sadness and knowing that you will see her again when she break joy and peace. Love you guys and will be praying for the entire family Love in Christ Roxanne

Posted by Roxanne Higgins on April 18, 2023

I was so saddened to hear about Vivian. I know she is in heaven today because of her testimony. I will be praying for Donald and all the family. The Lord has her soul but you have a lot of precious memories. These memories along with your family, friends and the Lord will help you in the coming days, months and years to deal with your loss. Sending hugs and prayers to each of you. Love in Christ, Kyle Baldwin

Posted by Kyle Baldwin on April 18, 2023

Beautiful tribute to a lovely lady. Prayers and peace to you and your family.

Posted by Terri Drumheller on April 18, 2023

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