BLACKSHEAR — Mr. Royce Everett Carter, 85 of Blackshear, passed away Saturday evening, September 12, 2020, at his residence. Born March 18, 1935, in Hoboken, Carter had lived in Pierce County for the past 52 years. He was a 1952 graduate of Hoboken High School and graduated as the class Salutatorian. Carter had worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation as a Project Engineer for the State Highway Department from which he would go on to retire. He had also collaborated with T.R. Long Engineers on several projects over the years – the Royce E. Carter roundabout on New School Road was one of those projects. Carter was very dedicated to his community. Over the years he had served on numerous committees such as serving on the board at Lakeview Golf Club where he was also a past president, as well as being an REMC Credential and Elections Committee Member for 11 years. Carter was a member of the Blackshear Rotary Club and was a former member of the Blackshear Exchange Club. He was a fixture at Oak Plaza and used to be a regular at the McDonald’s Coffee Club. Carter was an avid golfer and loved to be with his friends. He was a member of Blackshear First Baptist Church where he was in the Misfits Sunday school class. Carter was a son of the late Everett Cecil and Leila Virginia Strickland Carter. He was also preceded in death by all three of his sisters, Darceil Cheshire, Syveta Mae Griffin, and Jacquita Laughinghouse. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Carolyn Wood Carter of Blackshear; his son and daughter-inlaw, Rhett and Lauren Carter of Blackshear; his brother and sister-in-law, Vance and Joe Ann Carter of Waycross; three grandchildren, Ashley Coast Carter, Royce Everett “Trace” Carter III and Sofie Renae Carter; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, September 16, 2020) at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Blackshear. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening (September 15) from 6 until 8 at the funeral home. The family will have a private graveside service at the Blackshear City Cemetery. The family kindly requests that members of the Misfits Sunday school class along with the men of The OP serve as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 670 Main St., Blackshear, GA 31516, or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com. Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.