In Memory of




Obituary for Sgt. Jim Carter

James “Jim” Carter died peacefully in his man cave in his home with his wife at his side on April 21, 2024, exactly 13 years after his initial diagnosis with a malignant brain tumor. He was predeceased by his parents Mitch and Pat Carter, and nephew Matthew Stone. He is survived by his wife Brenda, brother Frank (wife Lori), son Matthew, step sons Joel (wife Bruna), Eddie (wife Olya), nephew Michael (wife Jackie), niece Mandy (husband James). Also surviving him are several grandchildren (who are going to miss bringing their Paw-Paw his soda and snacks), as well as a close extended family who admired and respected him and his authenticity. He will live on in the memories of his many friends and his law enforcement brothers and sisters, many of whom have expressed their appreciation for the tremendous impact he had on their lives.

Jim was born in Kentucky and his family moved to Florida when he was a toddler. He was raised in central Florida and enlisted in the United States Marine Corp when he was 17 years old. He served for 8 1⁄2 years and was stationed on bases throughout the world as an embassy guard in the capacity of Assaultman. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and received several awards including Rifle Expert and Pistol Sharpshooter, Good Conduct Medal, and Letter of Commendation. The Corp ran deep in Jim’s blood, shaping his fearlessness, leadership style, and the rationale for his success as a supervisor later in life.

Post Marine Corps service Jim followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a lengthy career in law enforcement. He served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for 3 1⁄2 years as a deputy and a member of the Dive Team. His dedication to his community continued serving in law enforcement for many years with the Winter Garden Police Department until his retirement.

During his tenure at Winter Garden he achieved the rank of Sergeant. Jim served on the police mountain bike unit, was a firearm’s instructor, traffic homicide investigator and field training officer. He established the agency’s first motor unit, which continues to thrive today. He was also a member, and credited with assisting in the establishment of the agency’s initial Honor Guard team. Jim was a Master Mason and also served on the FEMA Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team and assisted with the natural disaster relief efforts caused by Hurricane Katrina.

During his career, Jim was known as an abrasive, no-nonsense supervisor and co-worker. His fellow supervisors jokingly referred to him as “Gunny” because of his direct approach. He spoke truth, regardless of who stood before him or how much it offended them. When deserved, the men serving with him would receive a typical old-fashioned Marine Corp butt-chewing and afterwards he was your best friend and buying your next meal. Those who worked for him never wanted to work for anyone else. He mentored everyone he could into the best people and officers they could be, and encouraged them to continue their education; he led by example and attained his Bachelor’s degree.

Jim was an avid reader and in his personal life, of most importance were his family, friends, good food and booze. Although his humor and sarcasm were a part of him, his positive attitude cast a light on dark circumstances, and even when he was battling his cancer he remained optimistic and gave comfort to those around him.

He was not demonstrative in expressions of affection but his love for his wife and granddaughter Aliviya were evident in the warm, healing and comforting hugs he gave.

Jim’s eternal dirt nap with military honors will commence on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 1300 in the
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery located at 5525 US Hwy 1N in Mims, FL.

Jim's arrangements are in the caring guidance of Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations in Winter Garden, FL.