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Isaac Ike Carter Dies

Isaac “Ike” Freeman Carter Jr. died of cancer on Wednesday, January 15. He was 75.

Mr. Carter was a U.S. Navy veteran and president and CEO of Arkansas Valley Dredging Co., Inc., Carter Construction Company, Inc., Carter Oil Company and Pit Stop, Inc., a chain of convenience stores, all located in Benton, Arkansas. Two other companies, River Equipment Company and a quarry operation, are dormant.

He was the past president of the Arkansas Oil Marketers Association.

Mr. Carter was in the dredging business for 50 years, and performed marine contracting jobs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and private entities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

He established the Ike Carter Trust, of which his wife, Peggy S. Carter, is trustee, to continue operation of the businesses after his death.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Sue Carter, of Little Rock; his son, Ike Carter III of Benton, Arkansas; a daughter, Susan Carter Jester, of Benton; a sister, stepson, stepdaughter, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and seven step-grandchildren.

He was buried on Saturday, January 18, 2003 at Huie Cemetery in Choctaw, Arkansas.

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