Joseph Dougherty Carter

Joseph Dougherty "Joe" Carter (February 27, 1927 – March 2, 2005) was a member of the Carter Family, an American country/folk music group.

Joe Carter
Birth nameJoseph Dougherty Carter
Born(1927-02-27)February 27, 1927
Maces Spring, Scott County, Virginia, US
DiedMarch 2, 2005(2005-03-02) (aged 78)
Hiltons, Scott County, Virginia, US
Years active1939–1940, 1952–1956
LabelsAcme Records
Grave of Joe Carter (left), and his sister, Janette, and Sara Carter Bayes at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Hiltons, Virginia

Carter was born in 1927 in Maces Spring, Virginia several months before the Bristol Sessions, which eventually made his family famous. His father was Alvin Pleasant "A.P." Delaney Carter (1891–1960) and his mother was Sara Carter (1898–1979). Joe Carter performed with the Carter family from 1939 to 1940 on Border Radio and with his sister Janette and his parents Sara and A.P. Carter from 1952 till 1956 on a program called Acme Sessions. and performed again in the 1970s and later in his life. Carter served as a sailor during World War II and returned to Virginia after his service and worked in the construction industry. He was active with the Carter Family Fold with his sister, Janette Carter. He died in 2005 and was buried at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.[1][2]


  1. ^ Loyal Jones, Country Music Humorists and Comedians, (University of Illinois Press, October 8, 2008) pg. 115
  2. ^ John Carter Cash, Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash, (Thomas Nelson Inc, June 12, 2007)