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Columbia Missourian

WWII veteran Harold Bell Carter was a lively storyteller

By Whitney Hayward
January 4, 2013 | 5:12 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Harold Bell Carter of Columbia died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. He was 91.

He was born Feb. 25, 1921, in Maynard, Ark. He married Alberta Spence in St. Louis on Nov. 4, 1945, and later married Faye Davis in Waldron, Ark., on July 13, 1994.

Mr. Carter was a World War II Navy veteran and spent 39 months as a Japanese war prisoner. In 2005, he returned to Shenyang, China, to commemorate the establishment of a museum on the site of the Hoten Prison Camp.

Mr. Carter was a lively storyteller and recorded his experiences as part of the Library of Congress’s Oral History Project.

He was a member of the VFW, Elks Club and Charity Baptist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Radford and Karen Johnson; two sons, Dan Carter and Randy Carter; two grandchildren, Carol Squillante and Susan Scott; and six great-grandchildren.

Alberta Spence and Faye Davis died earlier.

Visitation will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Services, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Preferred Hospice, 1900 N. Providence Rd., Suite 311, Columbia, MO 65202.