Family, friends say goodbye to Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter
Dixie Carter

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

McLEMORESVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Family and friends said goodbye to actress and singer Dixie Carter at a service Thursday in Carroll County.

After a ceremony celebrating Carter's life, those in attendance followed her casket to the cemetery located just across the street from the church she attended as a child.

Carter's 'Designing Women' co-star Annie Potts couldn't find words to describe her feelings as she remembered her friend as someone who radiated love on and off the screen.  Potts, along with 'Designing Women' co-stars Jean Smart and Delta Burke, were among a crowd of hundreds who turned out to pay tribute to the Carroll County, Tennessee native.

"Dixie was very much a lady," Smart said.

Carter's husband, actor Hal Holbrook, along with her two daughters, Mary Dixie and Ginna, followed behind her casket to the cemetery.  

"Her family will remember this person that influenced them with so much energy, joy, and youth," Smart said. "I've told people before she's the most youthful person I know."

In her eulogy, Mary Dixie Carter recalled how her mother spent time reading old literary classics like War and Peace during the final years of her life.

"Dixie had a strong faith in God, and I know she is in the court of joy with him now," Potts said.

Carter's daughters said their mother suffered a stroke recently that left her immobile and unable to speak.  However, Mary Dixie Carter recalled waking up in the hospital to see her mother exercising her hand, saying that she stayed strong to the very end.

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