Nellie Marie Carter

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Nellie Marie (Gilbert) Carter was born August 17, 1929 in Manchester, KY to the late Floyd and Gracie (Mize) Gilbert.

She married her love, Andrew (Jack) Carter in 1954, who passed away prior to her death in 1994.

Nellie is preceded in death by her daughter Andrea Carter, brothers Eugene and Robert Gilbert, sisters Leona Birch and Gladys Owens, and grandsons Vincent Davis II and Andrew (A.J.) Davis.

Nellie and Jack moved to Columbus in 1955, and to their union was born 5 children; 1 son and 4 daughters. She is survived by son Marcus Carter and daughters Robin (Russell) Wilson, Toni Carter, and Leslie (Vincent) Davis and 2 inherited children, Jacqueline Lawrence and Nehemiah (Gwendolyn) Chambers. Also leaving to cherish her memories are 10 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, brother Jennings (Patricia) Gilbert, sister Jo Walker, special cousin Shirley Potter, and a host of cousins, nephews and nieces.

Nellie would often say “you can take the girl out the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl”. Her love of country music, horse racing, and watching “shoot em up” movies were all testament to this. She enjoyed traditional gospel music, collecting sewing thimbles, and perusing thrift stores. To her family, Nellie was an amateur song writer, word creator and storyteller.

Though she was small in stature, her heart was bigger than life. She was a giver and known as the neighborhood grandmother. She always made sure that everyone had what they needed, often taking extra food and supplies to neighbors in need.

Nellie will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her and experiencing her love. Hebrews 13:2 says, “be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”, and Nellie was definitely an angel. Just as she lived a life of peace, she passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 10, 2020.

PUBLIC Visitation 9:00 AM

PRIVATE Visitation 10:00 AM and PRIVATE Funeral Service 10:30 AM Saturday, August 15, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estate.

Condolence Messages

  1. Donna (Hamiter) Dean

    Toni, everyone that knew your mom, will be saddened by her passing. Your mom was an awesome woman, who always made everyone feel welcomed. She was just a cool mom to everyone who came around. She will truly be missed. My deepest condolences and prayers are being sent to you, Robin, Leslie and Marcus and the rest of your family! May comfort come from knowing, your mom is resting peacefully in the arms of God!!

  2. Anna Laura Walker

    To our Cousins Robin, Leslie, Toni, and Marcus. Your Cousins here in Louisville are sending our love, and hugs your way during this difficult time… We’re so sorry we cannot be there with you but you all are in our thoughts & prayers. Just know that Aunt Nell is resting safely in the arms of GOD…. We love you all much and our prayers are with you all. Laura, Kim, Marcus, Jordyn,Liz,Jennifer, Andrea, Phil, Lil Phil, Melissa, Rodney, Marissa, Vincent, Porky, Brandy & Latrice,,, their children…

  3. I’m certainly praying for the family.
    Victor Bonds
    Pontiac, Michigan

  4. Leslie and family please accept my deepest condolences praying God grant you peace during this difficult times. Blessings and love
    Margaret watts
    Charlotte NC

  5. Sabrina Jefferson

    Dear Leslie:

    I was saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful mom. I know how much you loved and cared for her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Love you, Brini

  6. Pastor Curtis E. Calloway, M.A.

    Robin, Toni, Leslie, Marcus, Jacqueline, and Nehemiah, and the entire Carter family have my deepest sympathy and condolences during the transition of your mother! I am praying for your entire family during this most difficult time! I am so sorry again for your tremendous loss! Much love to the whole family!

  7. William I. Taylor Jr.

    Jennings and Family: Although words cannot begin to ease the sorrow of your loss. Please know that there are so many who care. May GOD’S promise of eternal life and the memories of your loved one bring you comfort and peace. William I. Taylor Jr., Nehemiah Sunday School Class, St. Stephen Baptist Church, Louisville, KY.

  8. Olisa ( Watkins) Rhea

    My sincerest condolences to the family. May God bring you peace and comfort during this time.

  9. My deepest sympathy and condolences. Mrs. Carter was a beautiful lady. She loved her family and all those around. She was like the neighbor grandma, we all called her Gams. I am so blessed to have known such a loving, caring, beautiful spirit. Prayers of comfort over the Carter Family❤️ She will truly be missed.

  10. Heather M Stanley

    Robin, love and prayers with you and your family. Watching the video amazing how much I see her in you! I am forever thankful for the stories I have gotten to hear about your sweet beautiful mother. The love all of you share for her is so beautiful know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. She is looking down at all of you proud at how you honored her and now with your dad and sweet sister! With all my love

  11. Pastor Cynthia Mann/Mama's

    To Toni and family and my niece’s know that we are praying for the family and we know Gams is in the presence of the Lord, and when your hearts feels heavy we can always go into our secret place and find comfort Psalms 91 if you all need anything please don’t hesitate to call we love you

  12. John, Barbara,and Joyce

    We are Truly Blessed to have shared friendship with Mrs.Carter. Please feel comfort in knowing that The Blessings of the Lord is True Love. Your mother was True Love and her Legacy of this is in You. To God be the Glory!

    The Stokes Family

    We are Truly Blessed to have shared friendship with Mrs. Carter. Please feel comfort in knowing that The Blessings of the Lord is True Love. Your mother was True Love and her Legacy of this is in You. To God Be The Glory.
    The Stokes Family

  13. To Robin in the girls and Mark your mother wow wow wow wow wow what a wonderful woman I spent many of my years growing up in your house her love and her kindness Help Me Grow Up to know that God always had angels somewhere to cover you may God bless keep and comfort all of you during this time of your great loss you have many things to smile about and be joyful about you had a good mother and her kindness stretch far beyond the children that she birthed I was a recipient of that kindness and not love join those crazy teen years I would love cherishing remember her all the days of my life may God bless all of you and keep you Nellie Carter was one of a kind that little Indian girl from Kentucky love you with all I have Judy Pitts Fowlkes

  14. My condolences to Leslie Davis and family

  15. Lesle and family, my condolences. My prayers are with you. May God give you strength during this time

  16. Joe Morgan & Family

    Our condolences and prayers are with you. We know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
    2 Thessalonians 3:16 | NIV
    Please know we are here for you.

  17. NakiaLMartin Newkirk

    Leslie, Toni and, Family, I send my deepest condolences to you and your family. Keeping you all lifted in prayers.

  18. We are praying for Leslie and Robin and the entire family. We know that God has requested your mom to get her wings. Know that she is in total comfort and at peace in heaven.

  19. Colleen Mosley-Hunt

    Leslie my dear friend and her family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your mother, Mrs. Nellie Marie Carter. My heart goes out to you all. I’ll never forget how you were there for me Leslie when my Ms. Nellie got her angel wings last year. I am praying for you and here if you need me. Go to the word for that extra comfort you need that only God can give you. I know that your mother is now resting in heavenly peace. To God be the Glory.

  20. Toni, Leslie, Robin, Marcus, and Family. My sincerest condolences. You and your family are in my prayers. May the Most High keep and comfort you during this time of great loss, your Mother. Having gone through the same a year ago, I know the heartache you are experiencing.
    May you find comfort in Psalms 91. Trina Mason

  21. Cynthia Tolliver

    To my best friend, Robin Wilson, my condolences to you and your family. I pray that you and your family find peace and strength durning this season in your lives. Continue to trust and lean on HIM. Find joy in knowing that your mom is with our heavenly father.

  22. Leslie and Robin,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My deepest sympathy, love, and prayers to you and your family.

    Tammy Budde

  23. Leslie and the Carter family:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I am so sorry I wasn’t there to support you. But just know that the Lord never makes mistakes. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. I just asked that the Lord to Bless you and keep you as you go through this valley. I also ask that He will give you the peace you’ll need that surpasses all understanding. My prayers are with you and the family.

  24. Shawn Chavis-Merrill

    To leslie,Toni,Robin,Marc,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom.She was one of the most kindest souls.I can see her and my mom with thier station wagons on Fair ave.❤ You and your family have my condolences.
    Shawn Chavis -Merrill

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