Memphis philanthropist, pioneer, entrepreneur Pat Carter has die - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis philanthropist, pioneer, entrepreneur Pat Carter has died

Pat Carter (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives) Pat Carter (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A devoted Memphian and pioneering entrepreneur, Pat Carter, died Wednesday.

Thirty-five years ago, the LeMoyne-Owen College business school graduate opened Pat Carter Pontiac, becoming one of a handful of African-American owned new car dealerships in America.

A lifelong Memphian and Navy veteran, Pat Carter served the community and countless charities.

Every Labor Day, he came out of his own pocket to hold his "We Care Homeless Cookout" where he helped feed, clothe and offer services to some 700 homeless people.

Whether it was serving on the Chamber of Commerce board, leading as a church deacon, or working to give Memphians jobs with his Olympic Staffing employment agency, Carter left an indelible mark on the Bluff City.

Congressman Steve Cohen released this statement upon learning of Carter's death:

“Pat Carter was a leader in both the private and political sectors of Memphis. He was a respected voice in Whitehaven and at the Chamber. I would like to thank him for his civic mindedness and extend my sincere sympathies.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made public.

Pat Carter was 77 years old.

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