Harold Bell Carter, Feb. 25, 1921 — Jan. 3, 2013, of Columbia

Friday, January 4, 2013 | 2:14 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Harold Bell Carter, 91, of Columbia, passed away on January 3, 2013.

Memorial services will at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Parker Funeral Service.  A visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Harold was born February 25, 1921, in Maynard, Arkansas.  He married the former Alberta Spence in St. Louis on November 4, 1945, and the former Faye Davis on July 13, 1994, in Waldron, Arkansas.

He had been employed by Burns Security Services and Pinkerton Security Services until he owned and operated Carter Security Service before retiring in 1985.

A Navy veteran of World War II, he was captured on Corregidor and spent 39 months as a prisoner of war in the hands of the Japanese. In 2005. he was the sole survivor to accept the Chinese government’s invitation to return to Shenyang (Mukden) to commemorate the establishment of a museum on the site of the Hoten Prison Camp.

A lively storyteller, Carter recorded his experiences as part of the Library of Congress’s Oral History Project.  He was a member of the VFW and Elks Club and attended Charity Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters, Linda (Bob) Radford of Rockford, Illinois and Karen (Ron) Johnson of Columbia; sons, Dan (Ruby) Carter of State College, Pennsylvania and Randy (Billie Ann) Carter of Marietta, Georgia; grandchildren, Carol (Scott) Squillante of Indiana, Christa (David)  Noe of Tennessee, Brandon (Jessica) Carter of Tennessee and Susan (Travis) Scott of Missouri along with six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Alberta and Faye.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Preferred Hospice, 1900 N. Providence Road, Suite 311, Columbia, Missouri 65202.

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