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Vivian "Jo" Peden Carter

September 25, 1940 — December 21, 2019

Vivian “Jo” Peden Carter, age 79 of Rescue, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019.  Born September 25, 1940 in Isle of Wight County to the late James Quinton Peden and Lillie Mae Stringfield.  Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years William “Billy” Clayton Carter, Jr.  Survived by her sons, William “Billy” Carter, III; Steve (Debra) Carter both of Rescue, VA; daughter, Sharon Carter Byrd of Newport News, VA; her brother, James “Bubba” (Annette) Peden; her sisters Ann Ramsey, Nancy Hobson and the late Mary Humphrey; grandchildren, John Clayton Carter, Heather Jordan and Sarah Jo Theisen; great grandchildren Isabelle and Baylee Jordan.

“Jo” as everyone knew her was a homemaker living in Rescue, VA for over 40 years and joined with her husband Billy, in the ownership and operation of The Rescue Marina from 1968 to 1998.  She was known for her awesome “soft crab sandwiches, crab cakes and infamous “cheeseburgers”.  Jo was a very caring person and rarely put her needs first.  You were either touched by her kindness or her delicious cooking. She loved animals especially dogs and cats and often took care of strays. 

The family would like to thank VHS hospice especially the young volunteer, Arianne for her special care during her stay at the convalescence home.  A special thank you to Sylvia, Barbara, Tiffany, Lynn, Ann and many others for their compassionate care.  

A visitation will be held at Little’s Funeral Home on Sunday January 5th @ 2 p.m.  

Online condolences to the family maybe registered at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Isle of Wight County Animal Services or the Alzheimer’s Association to help fight Alzheimer’s.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

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