Christopher Thomas ‘Chris’ Carter, 54, published historian who volunteered with the Military Aviation Museum

Christopher Thomas ‘Chris’ Carter

Christopher Thomas “Chris” Carter, 54, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Virginia Beach. He was born on July 9, 1965, to Ruth Elizabeth Girouard Carter and Norman James Carter in Burlington, Vermont.

Chris was married to his wife Linda for almost 30 years and a very proud dad to his three sons, Charles Carter of Chesapeake Andrew Carter of Portsmouth and Alec Carter of Virginia Beach. He leaves behind his sister, Laurie Turner of St. Petersburg, Florida; brother, Harry Carter of Burlington, Vermont; and many nieces and nephews across the United States.

Chris started his military career with the U.S. Army, but later crossed service to the U.S. Navy, wherein he served as a nuclear electronics technician until his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2007 after 20 years of service. During his time in the military, Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Wesleyan College, during which time, he became a published historian who presented papers at universities in Western Virginia. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in History from Old Dominion University.

He later worked as a shift test engineer and radiological control analyst at Newport News Shipbuilding before returning to government service under the Department of the Navy at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, where he helped developed training and later returned to radiological compliance as an auditor.

Anyone who knew Chris will tell you that he was never bored. He was an accomplished guitar and bass player, piano player, model maker, scuba diver, motorcycle rider and wrencher, learned carpentry and wood refinishing, loved tending his roses, and still made time to volunteer two Saturdays a month as a docent at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach for more than a year. And even though he loved all this, he always made sure to put his family and friends first.

A memorial remembrance service will be held at 2 p.m., March 15, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, with reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Chris’ charities, including Virginia Beach Animal Control, Union Mission, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Military Aviation Museum or a charity of your own choosing.

Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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