CARTER_ROBERT.jpgAugust 16, 1950 - Jan 17, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Rocky was born to Richard abd Dorothy Carter in Chattanooga, TN. Rocky left this earth Saturday, surrounded by family in the comfort of his home, after his battling pancreatic cancer. He graduated from Tennessee Tech in 1973 and became an officer in the Air Force. While serving his country, Rocky was privileged to have spent time in Iceland, Germany, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. During Desert Storm, he served on General Schwarzkopf's staff. He was stationed at the Pentagon for several years before settling with his family at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, where he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1995. Many of Rocky's proudest accomplishments and most cherished friendships stemmed from his time in the Air Force. Rocky and his wife of 10 years, Sue Carter, are members of the Brookwood Baptist Church in OKC. Rocky & Sue loved to travel. Rocky also enjoyed piddling in his garden and fishing with his "fishing buddies." But what brought Rocky most joy was being called Grandpa; he was passionate about attending all his grandkids' activities and was their biggest fan. Rocky loved his family fiercely. He consistently reminded them that "God's got this," and even in his final days, he could be heard saying "God is still good." Rocky was grounded in scripture and stood firm in his faith in Christ; he raised his children to know and love the Lord, and for that, they will be eternally grateful. Rocky was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife, Sue, of OKC; his daughter, Brandi Bird & husband Jeremy; son, Brock Carter, of OKC; mother, Dorothy Carter, of Chattanooga; sisters, Karen Collins & husband Mike, Chattanooga; and Luann Culbreth, of Nashville; stepchildren, Jeramy Gregston & wife Shae, of Edmond; Nathan Gregston & wife Jennifer, of Gilbert; and Tashia Rodriguez and husband Alex, of Atlanta. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. tonight and Tuesday with family greeting friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Services to celebrate Rocky's life will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Brookwood Baptist, 8921 S. Walker Ave., OKC. Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org). To leave condolences for the family, please visit http://www.vondelsmithmortuary.com
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