William Kenneth Carter

Captain William “Ken” Carter, a devoted firefighter/medic of 28 years with the Newport News Fire Department, passed away peacefully at his Windsor residence on Thursday, February 8, 2024, surrounded by his loving wife Judy. He was 52 years old.

A native of Danville, VA, Captain Carter had called Windsor home for the past two decades. His remarkable career was marked by numerous citations and decorations, culminating in the prestigious Ken Carter “Celebration of Knowledge” award. His contributions to the EMS earned him special commendation.

Captain Carter was preceded in death by his parents, John W. Carter and Glenda R. Carter, as well as his good friend and mentor John Martin. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Judy Carter, with whom he shared four wonderful years of marriage.

He leaves behind his sons, Jeduthan “Brodie” Carter, and stepsons Joseph “Trent” Coppersmith, Justin “Tyler” Coppersmith (Amber) and his daughter, Mateleine “Mattie” Dianne Carter.  His legacy continues through his cherished grandchildren Jacey AnnMarie Coppersmith and Maisyn Chayce Parsain.

Captain Ken Carter’s memory is eternally cherished by his brother, John Carter (Laurie), and sisters Charisse Bostic Hutcherson (John), Shelly Bostic, Lori Carter Heath (Pete), Margaret Herring (Gary), and Charlotte Miller (Johnny). He will also be fondly remembered by his nephews Jacob Shelton, Nathan Shelton (Melinda), Dalton Heath (Brett), and nieces Lacey Tomchik (Jeff), Carli Bostic-Bixby, and Cayla Bostic-Bixby (Sean).

A man of honor, dedication, and warmth, Captain Ken Carter’s impact on his community and loved ones will be forever cherished. A visitation will be held Sunday, February 11, 2024  from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, and a memorial service will be held at Liberty Baptist in Hampton on Monday February 12th, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.


  1. Pete Zawacki

    “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”,MarkTwain.
    Ken’s dedication to family, service and the education of his peers will always remain hallmark and set a standard for years to come. Ken, the answer why may have been answered. Godspeed my friend. My heartfelt condolence to your family and brothers and sisters in the service for which you serve.

  2. NNFD Company 7A

    We will miss you always, Capt. Carter. Thank you for all the memories, and for sharing your vast knowledge with us. We are better for knowing you. Until we see each other again.

  3. Megan Ballance

    I’ve known ken for about 5 years now and my first impression of him was just that he was a true genuine person, who loved his family. At gathering he was always one of my favorite people to talk to, as he was full of knowledge and I always learned something new from him. Ken was just an overall great guy, and he will be missed. I will forever talk about him and never let Jacey forget her pawpaw, because he loved being with her and was always there when we needed him. We will miss paw paw so much!

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