Ernest Lane Carter, retired sheriff of Moore County, born July 25, 1957, passed away on the morning of Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Lane served as Elder at Cypress Springs Presbyterian Church and was a life-long Master Mason and Shriner. Lane was a dedicated public servant, husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. Anyone who had the good fortune to spend time with Lane was left better for it.

Lane is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Lee and Nancy Lane Carter, and his sister, Susan Sowder. He leaves behind his wife, Anita Cameron Carter; daughter, Dana Carter Hendrick (Heath Hendrick); sons, Brent (Sara Carter), Seth; and Ethan Carter; godson, Brock Holder (London Holder); eight grandchildren; siblings, Marsha Williams, Cindy Bullock and, Tim Carter (Melody Carter); a host of nieces and nephews; and countless others whose lives he touched.

The family appreciates the compassion and well-wishes of the community during this time of loss. Considering current social-distancing protocols, a public viewing will be held at Cypress Springs Presbyterian Church from Noon-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, followed by a private family service at 3:00 p.m.

Following the service, a public graveside ceremony will be held with full law-enforcement honors.

In lieu of flowers, and in the essence of Lane’s dedication to the community, donations are encouraged to Cypress Springs Presbyterian Church (PO Box 7, Cameron, NC 28326), Cameron Boys Camp (P.O Box 277, Cameron, NC 28326) or a charity of your choice.

Services entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.


Public Viewing: May 16, 2020 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Public Viewing: May 17, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cypress Presbyterian Church
1220 Cypress Church Rd,
Cameron, NC 28326


Private Service:

Cypress Presbyterian Church
1220 Cypress Church Rd,
Cameron, NC 28326


Committal : May 17, 2020 3:30 pm

Cypress Presbyterian Church
1220 Cypress Church Rd,
Cameron, NC 28326


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  1. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry to have lost a great Sheriff, a great friend, husband to Anita, father and grandfather. We are especially sorry we are unable to give you hugs to show we care at this time. Love you.

  2. Lane was a close friend during high school. He was an awesome sheriff. Lane had a very caring heart and was always ready for a good laugh. Going to miss him. Rest In Peace my good friend.

  3. Lane Carter was one of the most extraordinary individuals that our family ever knew. He was concerned about his fellowman and did his very best to improve the lives of others. As a law enforcement officer and as our Sheriff, he set the highest of standards and there was no one better – anywhere. He was a devoted family man and he lived by an exemplary code of conduct. The world is better for Lane having been a part of it and his life was a treasured gift to others. With gratitude for his life and with prayers for the many, many people who mourn his passing.

  4. Lane was a great person and loved by many our thoughts and prayers go out to Anita and all the family. He wil be greatly missed by many.May God Bess all of you.

  5. Anita, I am so sorry for your lost. Words can not express the sadness in my heart for you and the rest of your family. I have lost a brother, and a dear friend in Lane’s passing. He was one of the best and was always willing to help anyone anyway he could. I will cherish the many memories he and I shared. May God continue to bless you and the childern and grands.

  6. We are so sorry to hear of Lane’s passing. We use to work together at Sanford Auto Supply while he was in college. While he was the sheriff we went to lunch together. He will be truly missed. Bobby Jones

  7. Dana and family, my heart and prayers are with you all. May God surround you with His love and provide peace in this time of sorrow.

    Ryan and Jennifer Jacobson

  8. So sorry to hear of passing of Lane. He will definitely be missed by many as he served his county with respect. Prayers to his family.

  9. In loving memory of a good and kind, loving and protective soul. Rest in peace Friend.
    Anita, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and healing hugs to you all.
    Delores, Adam&Beth, Allison, Dan&DJ

  10. Dear Anita and family
    So sorry to hear about Lane. Dave and I have your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Anita, I am so sorry for the loss of Lane and you have my deepest heartfelt condolences. Words won’t make it better I know…..but I pray that God comfort you all in this time of need.

  12. Anita, Dana and family. Y’all are in my prayers. Lane was a great man and loved by many. God Bless y’all and hold y’all in His hands during this time.

  13. My heart aches for the whole family, I can only imagine what a huge space he will leave in your lives. He was kind, funny, and always there if he was needed.
    As his older cousin, I can still see him, dressed as one of the 3 Kings in the Christmas play at Cameron school. He was singing “We 3 Kings of Orient Are” as he marched in with his deep voice and his little self.
    You will be missed and mourned by so many.

    • Lane you are my oldest and best friend I have. We had some great times thru the years. You will be missed on this ol’ earth but will be in so many hearts and memories. Anita if you or the family needs anything please let me know. Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Lane was such a good man and loved by so many. He always had a kind word and a ready smile. I loved him dearly and will always treasure many good memories. Lane loved his family and was such a devoted husband, father and grandpa. My heart is broken for his loved ones. Prayers for strength and peace in the coming days. Love you all, Sherry

  15. We were so sorry to hear of Lane’s passing. Please know that out thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. My prayers go out for the family and friends for this terrible loss. We appreciated his loyal time spent with Law Enforcement. May God comfort you through these difficult times.

  17. Anita and family, and extended family, I am so sorry to hear about Mr Carter. Bud was recently requesting prayer for him in Surry County, I am so sorry he did not make it, my thoughts and continued prayers go out for you all during the days ahead. Cling to the wonderful years and memories. My understanding he was a fine man.

  18. Anita, I am sorry for your loss, and of the family. Thank you Sheriff Carter for giving me the opportunity to serve under your leadership, and for your friendship as well. You have touched many lives. Rest In Peace.

  19. Mrs. Carter and family, Kim and I are grieved to learn of your loss of Sheriff Carter. He has been a positive force in the lives of many. He especially exhibited integrity and concern for others even when he did not know them. I am an example of that and so grateful for him stepping up for me . He will be missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. God bless you. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  20. I met Lane while I worked for Moore County he always was very friendly and was interested in what you had to say. I was most impressed when Lane chased me down in the parking lot after leaving the Sheriff’s office to give his condolences for the passing of my Daddy. His family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Words are inadequate at a time like this. Please know that we are holding your whole family in our thoughts and prayers. Lane will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him. May the God of all comfort hold you in His loving arms.


  23. Anita, I am so sorry, but I rejoice in knowing that Lane is with Jesus. He was absolutely one of the best. I am praying for you and all of the family.
    God Bless and keep you,
    Tammie Fore Martin

  24. So sorry to hear of Lanes passing away. May God wrap his wonderful arms of comfort and compassion around you and give you peace. My husband was a cousin of Lanes. Lanes daddy and my husband’s mother were siblings. Will be praying for you and the family. God Bless and keep you. Terry and BrendaThompson

  25. I met Lane when I started attending Cypress Church. My favorite memories of him were of his singing and playing guitar with the Gospel Boys. They did so much for others bringing church to nursing homes. They also contributed so much to the fun and fellowship that we have at Cypress.
    Anita is in my thoughts and prayers. No time is the right time to lose someone, but the experience must be so much harder when others must keep their distance.

  26. Anita, it is with heartfelt sadness that we share with you and your family the pain of Lane’s passing. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow of losing such a great friend. May God bless you and your family through this difficult time. Lane, goodbye dear friend until we meet again. Love you all.

  27. Lane you want only my Big Brother you was my friend I am going to miss you I love you Lane with all my heart brother I miss you.

    • Lane was one of those few people that God places in your life and helps direct your path. Thank you my friend for your guidance and wisdom but most of all for being a true friend. Anita and family, God bless you all and comfort you with Love and Peace.

  28. Anita, I am sorry for your families loss. Thank you Sheriff for all you did to help me succeed in my Law Enforcement career and most of all for being a friend. Sheriff you will be missed.

  29. Best Moore County Sheriff in my life time (82 years).Lane was a wonderful person,his word was always good,He was a problem solver.He gave meaning to the word INTEGRITY,sound moral principle,uprightness,honesty and sincerity.RIP my friend.Peace be to his family a life wll lived

  30. I was fortunate enough to meet Lane and work with him through my job. I am saddened to see he is no longer with us. He was a good and caring man. He will be missed by many. Peace and comfort to the family. May God be with you.

  31. Praying and thinking of you in your time of sorrow. I would like to add my name to the many people who knew and respected Sheriff Carter.

  32. Rick and I were so heartbroken to hear of Lane’s passing. He was a good man who was devoted to his family and law enforcement. Praying for my lifetime friend, Anita, who was his loving wife and caregiver, and all of their children and grandchildren in the days to come.

  33. Anita, please know that you and your entire family are in my prayers during this time of great sorrow. Lane (Pa) will be greatly missed but what a blessing he was to so many during his life. Those blessings and great memories will live on until you are reunited in Heaven! Stay strong and rest in the peace that only God can provide.

  34. We can’t find the right words to bring you comfort; but know your in our hearts and thoughts. Daniel has known Lane all his life. Our love is being sent your way Anita for you and your family. Lane will be missed.

  35. My condolences to the Family. Lane was an amazing man and my family and I are truly blessed to have known him.

  36. Anita, so sorry for the loss of Lane. Please take comfort in how much he was loved, admired and respected by so many people, old and young. May God be with you and your entire family.

  37. Anita, I am so sorry for the loss of Lane. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. My prayers are with each and every one of you during this difficult time.

  38. Anita,
    We are grieving with you on hearing of Lane’s passing. But we find comfort in the knowledge that he is now in the arms of Jesus. We are praying for you and all the family in this time of separation. Love in Christ.

    Jimmie and Gloria

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