WEEMS—Deaconess Pauline Victoria Nickens Carter (AKA “Momma P,” “Miss P”), the fifth of eight children, was born October 17, 1923, in Kilmarnock to Robert J. H. and Minnie Montague Nickens.
Her parents and seven siblings predeceased Pauline; Beatrice Nickens Ball, Ora Nickens Carter, Clifford Nickens, Geneva Nickens Rich, Alfonso Nickens, Mable Nickens Laws and Marian Nickens Lee.
On Thursday, February 23, 2023, God called Pauline home to eternal rest in his infinite wisdom and merciful grace. At the time of God’s calling, Pauline was home with her family.
Pauline was educated in the public schools of Lancaster County. In her 20s, Pauline lived in New York City, and worked in a box factory then she returned to Virginia. She loved making a happy home for her family, canning vegetables and hanging laundry on the clothesline. You could find her in her flower and vegetable gardens. She loved her flowers. For over 20 years and well into her 90s, Pauline volunteered for Bay Aging, serving Meals-On-Wheels.
On February 10, 1947, Pauline married Floyd O’Neal Carter of Weems. They were blessed with five children; William “Billy” Nickens, Ronald (Diana) Carter, Senator Joan Carter Conway, Claudette Carter Henderson and Marvin (Olia) Carter. They have 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish her memories five children; two sisters-in-law, Carrie Carter Taylor Carter and Martha Bell Carter; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family. Also special friends, Janie Brown, Jennifer Cravens, Shirley Dunaway, Marjorie Jones Rich, Louise Kelley and Percell Noel.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at Sharon Baptist Church in Weems with interment in the church cemetery.