Stewart “Art” Carter, 74, died July 22, 2010, at his home.

Born Oct. 15, 1935. in Washington, D.C., he was a son of Ennis and Nellie Carter.

Just out of high school, Art worked for Rock Creek Ginger Ale in Washington, D.C. He served as a Private First Class in the Army, stationed in Germany during the 1950s. Art married the love of his life, Sharon, in 1961 and they spent the next 49 years together.

Moving to Maine from Virginia in 1973, Art pursued his love of deer hunting, fishing and gardening. When arriving in Maine, he worked for Mitchell’s Sheet Metal and Roofing in Freedom until he fell 30 feet from a roof and broke his back. Always a hard worker, he owned and operated Carter’s General Store in Liberty with his wife for 18 years.

He befriended many and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. His vegetable gardens were the envy of the neighborhood, and he often gave away more than his family ate. Art was known for his quick wit and practical jokes and was loved by all he met.

He umpired for the Liberty Little League, played Santa for Walker School and was Smokey the Bear in the Memorial Day Parade. He was a Civil War buff and an avid Yankees fan, loved history, the outdoors and antique Ford cars.

He loved all of his neighbors, never met a stranger and his family was very dear to him. Skip and Alice Foy and family, all the Harriman boys, Turners, Peaveys, (Richard and “Boob”) were very dear to him. Dee Dee Chadwick and her children were like his own children also.

Art is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Carter, of Montville; a son, Thomas Carter, and his girlfriend, Rebecca Labbe; a daughter, Kathleen Overlock, and her husband, Mark; his mother-in-law, Helen Bradford; three brothers, Robert Carter and his wife, Betty, Kenneth Carter and his wife, Pat, and Clarence Carter and his wife, Cathy, all of Virginia: a granddaughter, Kristina Carter; a grandson, Brandon Haskell, and his wife, Alisha, of Palermo; four great-grandchildren, Brett, Kyle, Jacob and Isaac Haskell; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, Art was predeceased by two brothers, Willie and Mickey; and two sisters, Doris and Shirley.

As was his request, he will be cremated. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date, to be announced.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.