We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of Joan G. Carter, a remarkable woman whose radiant spirit and unwavering tenacity touched many lives. Born on May 20, 1935, in Greeneville, TN, Joan had a zest for life that was palpable to everyone who knew her. She had a knack for turning everyday moments into extraordinary memories, a quality that made her beloved among her family and friends. Joan's life was a testament to the words of Helen Keller: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."\n\nJoan was a self-employed real estate professional who, even in her career, pursued her passion and left an indelible mark. She was a devoted wife to her late husband, Ted Carter, sharing a love story that many could only dream of. Joan is survived by her daughter Teresa Byrd. Three sisters, Shirley and Michael Luttrell, Peggy Campbell, and Carolyn Goodman. Her love for her family was immeasurable and her bond with her granddaughters, Emma and Jonathan Villarreal and Curiesha Ford, was truly exceptional. Her great grandchildren, Dechlan Ryan, Glenn Villarreal, Carter Villareal, and Dorothy Moran. Joan's joyous spirit and unending devotion to her family will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on in their hearts.\n\nWhile Joan's parents, James and Nelle Gray, her cherished husband, Ted, special daughter, DeNessa Ford preceded her in death, she was a woman who lived her life to the fullest, leaving behind a treasure trove of memories for her loved ones. Joan's life was a vivid tapestry of love, resilience, and joy. As we remember her, let us recall the words of Maya Angelou: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Joan had an extraordinary ability to make people feel cherished, and her memory will continue to inspire love and kindness in all who were fortunate enough to know her.\n\nPlease share your memories and upload photos of Joan to the memorial page. As we pay tribute to her life, let's remember the love, laughter, and wisdom she shared with us all. Your stories and pictures will serve as a beautiful reminder of the vibrant life Joan led and the joy she brought to each of our lives.\n\nThe graveside service will be held January 31,2024 at 2 pm in Pine Grove UMC cemetery with Pastor Richard Long officiating. Family and friends are requested to meet at the cemetery at 1:45pm for the service.