Gregory W. Carter, 39, of Roanoke, Va., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 6, 2021.
Gregory was an active member of the Down Syndrome and special needs communities in the Roanoke Valley. He attended Hidden Valley Junior High and Cave Spring High School, where he received his special curriculum diploma in 2004, and benefited from his compassionate and selfless educators. Gregory bowled in a Special Olympics league, participated in many Therapeutic Recreation programs with Roanoke County’s Parks Rec and Tourism, including 17 summers with ACE (Activities Created for Enrichment). His many years of attending annual Halloween and Valentine’s Day dinner/dances and leisure swimming programs brought him joy. Periodic trips to the Mill Mountain Star, as well as holiday and birthday celebrations with family and friends were the highlights of his year. Gregory enjoyed serving others in a variety of capacities, including assisting with Meals on Wheels deliveries and community outreach.
Gregory is survived by his mother, Susan McCoy Carter; father, Gene Wayne Carter (Linda); sisters, Meredith McCoy Carter and Lynn Carter; and his McCoy and Carter extended family.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fleshman McCoy Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Maxie Herbert Carter; and Edith Cheek Kenley, his special surrogate “Gram.”
The family wishes to thank Steve and Carolyn Rakes, Todd and Mary Hardin, and their families. Heartfelt gratitude is also extended to A Shining Light, Inc. where Gregory participated in their community enrichment program and residential living at the time of his passing. The love and guidance of their staff enriched Gregory’s last two years of life and comforted and guided the family during this recent difficult time.
Please consider memorial donations to the Children’s Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.oakeys.com.