N.C.’S ROCKINGHAM COUNTY— Jerry Carter, a longstanding Baptist pastor who joined the legislature two years ago, died early Tuesday at the age of 66, according to a fellow minister.
According to Aaron Shelton, assistant pastor of Reidsville Baptist Church, Carter died at Duke Hospital in Durham after complications following surgery late last week to treat a rare gastrointestinal condition.
Shelton said Carter formed the church in 1988 and served as its senior pastor. Carter, a Republican from Rockingham County, was elected to the state House in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020 for a second two-year term. He was a member of the House Policy Committee on Families, Children, and Aging.
Jerry Carter was born in 1954 in Eden, North Carolina, U.S.
Heartbroken over passing of our friend & colleague Rep. Jerry Carter of Rockingham County. He was a kind, compassionate & devoted man who proudly served his community both as a pastor & legislator. He’ll be greatly missed. Prayers for his family during this difficult time. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/qwE2RLnW7t
— Rep. John Bell (@JohnBellNC) August 3, 2021
I am saddened this morning with the loss of Rev. Jerry Carter. Rev. Carter served Rockingham County as both a pastor & a State Rep. and invested many years as a chaplain & friend to law-enforcement. Remembering a life well lived, our prayers are with Brenda and the Carter family. pic.twitter.com/z0RVPBTece
— Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) August 3, 2021
Jerry Carter was a man of strong conviction who represented Rockingham County honorably. He was a true family man who loved his wife, children, and was especially proud of his grandchildren. pic.twitter.com/XHo5Q2d9oN
— Rep. Chris Humphrey (@RepHumphrey) August 3, 2021