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Lester “Les” B. Carter

d. July 19, 2023

Lester “Les” B. Carter, age 91, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday July 19, 2023, at his home.

He was born October 27, 1931, in Leitchfield, KY, the son of Lester B. and Esther E. (Gaither) Carter.

Les married Irma Corrine Wells on March 6, 1954.

Mourning his passing are his daughter, Nancy (Tim) Galligan of Williamsville; son, Bill (Trudi) Carter of Athens; grandchildren, Matt (Caitlin) Galligan, Ryan (Michelle) Galligan, Emalie (Austin) Hemberger, Scot Carter, and Tod (Dawn) Carter; great-grandchildren, Lila, Daphne, Nash, Birdie, and Colynns; a brother, Harold (Carol) Carter; sisters, Eileen (Charlie) Grampp, Yvonne Dobey, and Carolyn Sue Bishop; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Corrine; mother and father, brothers and sisters (Jereline, Gerald, Bernard, Jo Anne, and Neil).

Les graduated from Middletown High School in 1950.  He later served for the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954.

Les began farming in the Athens area in 1954, and as the years passed, was joined by his son and grandsons.

He was a member of the American Legion in Athens and Athens Christian Church.  He also served on the Menard County Fair Board.

Les threw horseshoes, bowled, played lots of cards with family and friends, and traveled in the United States and abroad.  Les and Corrine enjoyed ballroom dancing for many years.  He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren, and his eyes lit up when spending time with his great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Les will be held on Monday, July 24, 2023, from 4:30 until 7:30 PM at the Athens Christian Church.  Funeral services will also be held at the church on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 10:00 AM, with Rev. Ken Gennicks officiating.  Burial will be held immediately following the services at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Athens Christian Church.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. I just found out about the loss of Les and am sorry for missing his visitation and funeral and for your loss. Les was a great person and always welcoming and happy to see people. He was considered a good friend and made me feel the same whenever we saw each other no matter where we crossed paths. It was a pleasure having him as a dear friend and in my life.

  2. My thoughts are with Les’s family during this difficult time. When I was a young man I remember going to our family reunion at Les and Corrine’s farm in Athens. My mom and dad Jack & Clara Fleischacker always spoke very highly of the Carter Family and I will always have fond memories of both Les and Corrine. Again my sincere condolences and may Les rest in eternal peace.

  3. Trudy, I just learned to Les’s passing. I am so very sorry for your family. Les & Corrine were two of my favorite people. They have now been reunited in heaven & are having a great reunion. May your family always know that their guardian angels are never far away. 🙏

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Les’s passing. He reminded me of my grandfather, whom I loved dearly. He always had time to listen, to talk, to just be with and he always accepted my hugs. I will miss him greatly as I’m sure you will also.

  5. Vicki and I are sorry to hear of Lester passing. Our thoughts and prayers
    are with you, Nancy and Tim and all of your extended family at this time.
    Nash still talks about the visit he had with Lester and his tractor rides and farm machinery.

  6. Dear Nancy,
    I am so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Your parents were the sweetest people and I always enjoyed catching up when we would see one another.
    I know it gives you comfort knowing that your parents are together once again. I envision your parents and mine with others who were a part of the Athens pinochle group gathered around a table playing pinochle.
    Blessings to you and your family❤️

  7. Such wonderful memories of Les and Corrine. Sorry for your loss thinking of the family.

  8. My sympathy to the family. Les was such a wonderful man. He will be missed by so many.

  9. Your family has been in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.
    Charles E Nance, Kim Moore and Kelley Bandy family

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