In Loving Memory of Fred Carter, Jr.
March 18, 1938 - October 6, 2018
Fred Douglas Carter Jr. was born on March 18, 1938, in Los Angeles, CA to beloved parents Callie Beatrice Sanders and Fred Douglas Carter. At an early age, Fred accepted Christ and was baptized.
Fred attended school in Los Angeles and graduated from Manual Arts High in 1957. During his golden school days as an exuberant youth, Fred was a member of several sports and academic clubs and the R.O.T.C. Most notable, during his Junior and Senior years he was the Assistant Sports Editor of the "The Daily" school newspaper.
Soon after graduating from high school, Fred joined the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War. As an enlisted man, he obtained the rank of Boatswains Mate Second Class and served aboard the U.S.S. Magoffin and U.S.S. Okanogan. These ships were a part of the U.S. Amphibious Squadron Force Pacific Fleet, located in San Diego and Long Beach California. During his enlistment, Fred wanted to earn extra money, so on his off days he learned how to operate, and repair movie projectors. This is where his career as a projectionist began.
In 1970 after an honorable discharge from the Navy, Fred continued working as a projectionist for the private sector and became a proud member of the Motion Picture Projectionist Local 150, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. As a member of the I.A.T.S.E. Fred was the first Black member to serve on the Union Executive Board and Contract Negotiation Committee. He was also the first projectionist in the United States to run Walt Disney's movie, Fantasia in true digital stereo in a walk-in theatre.
In 1972 love was in the air when Fred met Clara Pittman. In 1973 they married. From their union a son was born, Anthony and seven year old Donna became Fred's daughter.
In the late 1980s, Fred attended evening classes and learned all he could about electronics until he knew as much and sometimes more than the teachers. Around this time, two of Fred's good friends and union brothers said to him... "hey man you know so much about electronics you should start your own business." With that encouragement, in 1989 Fred"s TV and VCR Repair was established. Kind and professional service was Fred"s motto. Fred retired from his career as a projectionist in 2005. He continued his private business several years after retirement.
Some of you may not know that Fred co-starred in a 2014 documentary titled: The Man in the Booth, directed by William F. Reed. The documentary told the true and historical account of his career as a real-life movie projectionist.
For several years Fred performed some of the greatest work of his life serving God as a member of True Everfaithful M.B.C. He served in the Media/Audio ministry using all the talents God blessed him with.
Fred was preceded in death by his father Fred Douglas Carter, mother Callie Beatrice Henry, stepfather Levi Henry and grandmother Gracie Andrews "Da Da."
Fred leaves to cherish his precious memory his wife Clara; son Anthony, (wife La Neisha) daughter Donna; grandson Royce Anthony; granddaughter Robyn Ashley; four sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law and a loving host of nieces and nephews; friends and his True Everfaithful Church Family of over 12 years.