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Sam "Big Daddy" Carter

January 24, 1949 — November 15, 2023



Samuel Leon Carter, 74, beloved husband, father, brother and community icon, departed from this world on November 15, 2023. It is with heavy hearts that we announce his peaceful transition into eternity, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Sam was born January 24, 1949 and lived a life filled with love, laughter, and profound impact. He was a veteran in the United States Army. He was a dedicated man with a heart of gold. He was a native of Piedmont, SC where he lived with his beautiful wife Margaret. He had many jobs in his life, as he was a jack of all trades.

Sam was known for his heart of gold, kindness, generosity, sense of humor, and willingness to help anyone who needed, no matter the need. Which left a sustainable mark on everyone he encountered that can not ever be removed. He was an avid fisherman and spent extended periods of time on the water with his family and closest friends. He approached life with a spirit of hard work, dedication, and fierce love for his family and friends.

Sam was most proud of owning his own business with his son Travis, Big Daddy and Son Wrecker Service of Piedmont. They ran the business for over 13 years and it was a staple of all local surrounding communities. Sam demonstrating his dedication and willingness to help others in the towing industry. He will be remembered not only for his professional accomplishments but also for the profound and positive impact on the family that helped him run his business.

Sam Carter, leaves behind an astounding legacy. Sam's memory will forever be etched in the hearts of his beloved wife, of 48 years, Margaret Ball Carter of the home, his children, Charles Wesley Carter (Kristal) of Piedmont, Shannon LeeAnne Ingle (Walter) of Easley, Travis Samuel Carter (Diana) of Easley, and Columbus Alvin Hooper III (Felicia) of Piedmont, who shared in his life full of cherished memories from their younger years up until his final hours. He also is survived by his brother Michael William Carter (Lynn) of Greenville, and his sister Hope Marie McCollum of Travelers Rest.

Sam also left behind the grandchildren he worshiped with everything in him, Aaron Mason Ingle, Nicholas Samuel Carter, Allison (Alli) Marie Carter, Montgomery Dalton Bragg, Trevor Mason Carter, Brady Tage Carter, Aubrey Leigh Carter, Jackson Daniel Carter, Nova Noreen Carter, Nolan Robert Carter, and Columbus Alvin Hooper IV.

The family would also like to mention the love he shared with Terry Wisham and his wife Nanette and their children. Terry's family have been like family to Sam and his family for countless years.

Sam was excited to reunite with the people who he loved that had went before him by his parents, Herbert Alton Carter and Mary Ellen Carter of Greenville. His sister Delores Ellen Carter and her husband Columbus Alvin Hooper of Greenville. Lastly, his grandson Canyon Dason Carter of Travelers Rest, who was a lot like his papa. He loved to fish, and inherited his papa's heart of gold. He also will be reuniting with his best friend Ray Morris, who he spent endless time with hear on this earth.

The family will be at Robinson Funeral Home Downtown at 305 West Main Street, Easley, SC, 29640 receiving friends Friday, November 17, 2023 from 6pm until 8pm. The service will also be held at Robinson Funeral Home Downtown (same as receiving friends)  to celebrate the life of Sam Carter on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 2pm in the chapel. The graveside service will follow at Robinson Memorial Gardens, at 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642. The family advises casual attire and jeans are acceptable. Please be respectful and not wear anything inappropriate. The family will be at the home, 211 Vinewood Street Piedmont SC 29673.

As we mourn the loss of Samuel Leon Carter, aka Sam, aka Big Daddy, let us also celebrate the richness of his life and the countless ways he touched our hearts. May he rest in eternal peace, and may his spirit and heart of gold continue to inspire us all.

In loving memory,

The Carter Family

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory – Powdersville Road, Easley.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, November 17, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Robinson Funeral Home Downtown

305 West Main Street, Easley, SC 29641

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Funeral Service

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Robinson Funeral Home Downtown

305 West Main Street, Easley, SC 29641

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Starts at 3:15 pm (Eastern time)

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