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C.C. Carter Funeral Home Celebrates Groundbreaking

NEWPORT NEWS—A groundbreaking ceremony recently took place at the corner of Marshall Avenue and 39th Street in Newport News marking the beginning of the construction of the new facility for C. C. Carter Funeral Home.

Currently located at 3314 Roanoke Ave., funeral homeowners Reverend Doctor Christopher C. Carter Sr. and his wife, Anita Carter, are celebrating the building of a 10,000 square foot facility that will be able to provide seating for 300 people, as well as off-street parking.

The building will be located on a 5.32-acre lot representing a $2.7 million investment in the Southeast community, purchased from the Newport News Economic Development Authority. Construction of the project is expected to commence in spring 2022.

“This company has operated in the community for over 80 years and I’m happy to be a part of its rich history in Newport News for the past 10 years,” said Reverend Carter in a press release. “I’m extremely excited to be able to keep this business in the Southeast Community and add to the redevelopment efforts related to the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative currently underway in the surrounding neighborhood. I look forward to continuing to hire from the area and serving families with their funeral needs. My wife and I, and our entire staff, are committed to serving the community and surrounding areas with love, dignity, and respect.”

Originally started by Van and Helen Gilmore in 1941 as Gilmore’s Funeral Home, the business has a long history in the community. Following the death of the Gilmores, longtime employee William Coles took over the company, and in 2011 the Carters purchased it, changing the name to C. C. Carter Funeral Home. 

With decades of experience in the funeral industry, Reverend Carter has a goal of ensuring his 20 employees show love, dignity, and respect to families and their deceased loved ones. Reverend Carter, who has also been a pastor for more than 27 years, is passionate about his business being a positive community partner. C.C. Carter has been a supporter/partner with the Peninsula Foodbank, local youth events, thanksgiving donations, churches, and other community organizations. 

The new facility will provide a variety of traditional, contemporary, and basic burial and cremation options, as well as professional guidance and resources designed to encourage family and friends to interact in a comfortable atmosphere after the passing of a loved one.

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