Joann Elizabeth Carter departed this life to be with the Lord at her home in Richmond Virginia on December 31, 2022.\n\n\n\nJoann was born on July 30, 1949 in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the age of 16, her biological mother died. Her mothers' sister Alice Willis assumed the role of mother for her sister's children. The five cousins were raised as siblings afterwards. Joann was preceded in death by her mother Elizabeth Ann Willis Thompson, her aunt Alice Willis and brothers Charles "Buck" Thompson and Jonathan "Chill" Willis.\n\n\n\nShe was a proud graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School (Class of 1967). Afterwards, she married her high school sweetheart Alfred Carter, Jr. They had three children.\n\n\n\nIn 2017, Joann retired after 40 years of service with the State of Virginia. Her hard work and dedication to the Department of Corrections and her colleagues created lifelong friendships and amazing memories such as "The DOC3" (singing group) and "The Lunch Bunch" also known as the "The Pack". She had been a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Richmond Virginia for 29 years after accepting the Lord as her savior.\n\n\n\nJoann leaves to cherish her memory; her three children, Corey, Crystal and Kelley Carter, 5 granddaughters - Treasure, Bridgette, Briche', Amaya and Aryana, her newly born great granddaughter True and her brothers Ronald Thompson and David Willis. Joann had several nieces and nephews; a host of cousins and other relatives that will truly miss her including her friend Bonnie Johnson of Charlottesville, Virginia. They were close friends for 60 years.\n\n\n\nOn January 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m., we will gather to celebrate her life. The Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church located at 2811 Fendall Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23222. Please call the church at 804-321- 2427 for instructions on sending flowers or plants (her preference). Please send cards to Crystal Haynes at 1400 Tifton Court, Richmond, VA 23224.