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“Tommy you will be really miss may you rest in the peace of Christ ”
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Douglas R. Carter III was born on October 4, 1957 and was the son of Dorothy P. and Douglas R. Carter Jr. Mrs. Carter affectionately gave her son Douglas the nickname "Tommy" because he was small like 'Tom Thumb'.

Tommy was christened at Robert's Memorial United Methodist Church (RMUMC), Alexandria, VA. During his years of service, Tommy was one of the first Acolytes (those who assist clergy in liturgical services). He was a member of the RMUMC Gospel Ensemble and Choir; and a member of the RMUMC bowling team. He continued bowling by joining community bowling leagues for many years. In addition, Tommy played the clarinet in elementary school and was an influence for his God-sister (Rachel Harris) to play the clarinet.

In 1976, Tommy graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. After graduation, Tommy pursued careers in printing, retail, and catering delivery until his retirement in 2014. During his career, employers considered Tommy a valuable asset due to his integrity and compassion for others.

In August of 1991, Tommy met his love and soulmate, Karyn, and the couple married on September 25, 2004. They enjoyed 27 ½ years of loving adventures. The couple were best friends who raised children, traveled (both domestic and international), had fun, and were an inspiration to many.

Tommy was full of life! He was known for being the life of a party with dancing and socialization; he encouraged people to have a good time and to be free. Tommy cherished his roles as husband, father, grandfather (called "Papa"), Uncle Tommy, and Brother Tommy. His ingratiating demeanor, love of all sports (especially football, the Washington Redskins), and how he adored his family made Tommy the "go to guy". Tommy loved the children, going out of his way to let them know that both he and God loved them. He was also known for saying "Watch-out for snake moves, I love ya'll, we're family, kids will be kids – leave them alone, give the kids what they want, tend to the kids, not on purpose, no problem, leave me alone, alright Karyn, and I love my wife". Tommy was a wonderful man to all of us.

At home surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Douglas R. Carter III reached his peaceful rest and joined family and friends who preceded him.

Our beloved Tommy leaves to celebrate his life: loving wife, Karyn L. Carter of Arlington, VA; daughter and son-in-law, Chinell and Albright Carter Sr.; four grandchildren, Trinity D. Chambers- Puryear, Tru Carter, Albright Carter Jr., and Solomon Carter of Arlington, VA; God-sister, Rachel Harris of Triangle, VA; brother-in-law, Herbert Chambers of Brandywine, MD; three sisters-in-law, Raquel Peterkin (Ted) of Brandywine, MD, Thomasine Williams (Willie James) of Sandusky, Ohio, and Joan E. Cephas of Stafford, VA; and a host of relatives and friends.