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Dr. William Kelley Carter
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“I'm not sure why but I just thought about Bill so I decided to look him up via Google. I only knew him at MSU and only for our freshman year, but I...Read More »
1 of 59 | Posted by: Jose San Juan - Brooklyn, NY

“I found out about Dr. Carter's sudden passing when I stopped in to pick up an item at the Henry Ford OptimEyes office this morning. During checkout,...Read More »
2 of 59 | Posted by: Marty Eddy - Warren, MI - Patient

“I started out as a patient of Dr. Carter when I was in High School over 18 years ago having followed him from Detroit to Sterling Heights and I think...Read More »
3 of 59 | Posted by: anonymous

“I just found out about Dr. Carter’s passing today. I just saw him about a week before he had passed. This news is so heartbreaking. What a...Read More »
4 of 59 | Posted by: Kristen K. - Macomb, MI - Patient

“I will greatly miss Dr. Carter I was one of his patients as well as my son and he was very sweet and had a wonderful caring heart . may God bless...Read More »
5 of 59 | Posted by: Tracy McChristian - Columbus, MI

“RIP Dr Carter, just found out about your passing today. I was a patient of yours for several years and you were always a true professional. RIP doc! ”
6 of 59 | Posted by: Name Witheld - Macomb County, MI

“I was a new patient of Dr. Carter's. I had not found an eye doctor that would be so good, personal and punctual. Because of that, I had decided that...Read More »
7 of 59 | Posted by: Karen Hirzel - MI - Patient

“My family and I are were all patients of Dr. Carter and we are just so deeply saddened to hear the news that he passed away. He was such a nice Dr....Read More »
8 of 59 | Posted by: Kim - MI - Patient

“My mother and I are so lucky to have been a patients of Dr. Carter's. I began seeing him at the age of 12, and, 14 years later I have yet to meet a...Read More »
9 of 59 | Posted by: Asia David - MI

“The letter from Henry Ford OptimEyes was very shocking. Dr. Carter was a kind, caring and excellent professional. He allayed my fears of what is...Read More »
10 of 59 | Posted by: SusanStarcevic - Macomb, MI

“Dr. Carter will truly be missed by my children, husband and myself. My kids loved his sense of humor. My youngest commented on how nice a man he...Read More »
11 of 59 | Posted by: Sharon - Shelby Township, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. Before meeting Dr. Carter at Optimeyes, I had never really formed any sort of attachment to any particular eye doctor....Read More »
12 of 59 | Posted by: Jennifer Stephens - Macomb, MI

“I received a letter from Henry Ford OptimEyes today only to read the sad news about Dr. Carter. I just found out about the passing away of the...Read More »
13 of 59 | Posted by: Lisa Fakhouri - MI - Patient

“I only just met Dr. Carter and had no idea what a wonderful eye doctor he would be for my son who has autism. Dr. Carter's patience, explanation and...Read More »
14 of 59 | Posted by: Wendy Koscierzynski - Macomb, MI

“What a wonderful physician. I looked long and hard to find him for my young family with multiple problems. He was a personal blessing for me. Our...Read More »
15 of 59 | Posted by: Kathleen Powers - MI - Patient

“We were blessed to have had Dr. Carter recommended to us when I was looking for an eye doctor who was great with kids. Great with kids, yes, but he...Read More »
16 of 59 | Posted by: Tina Wyffels and the Wyffels Family - MI

“My last visit to Henry Ford OptimEyes I had such a great time visiting with Dr. Carter. That's what it felt like to go to the eye doctor. It felt...Read More »
17 of 59 | Posted by: Cassie - Imlay City, MI

“My best friend introduced me to Dr. Carter when he was with Henry Ford Optimeyes in Detroit. I continued to see him in Detroit, even through...Read More »
18 of 59 | Posted by: Jan Jurczyk - Rochester Hills, MI

“It is with much saddest that I heard about Dr. Carter's passing. My heart goes out to his wife and son. Dr. Carter was more than a doctor, he was...Read More »
19 of 59 | Posted by: Jo Obloy - Rochester Hills, MI

“Dr. carter was so good to me and my family. He cared for my husband when his cornea tore and we could not have gotten through it without him. He...Read More »
20 of 59 | Posted by: Martha Gurecki - Macomb, MI

“Dr Carter was a great man he will be missed. I am a Police Officer that injured my cornea. Dr Carter saw me whenever I needed him and gave me his...Read More »
21 of 59 | Posted by: Tom Gurecki - Macomb, MI

“I was very sad to open the letter from Henry Ford today with the news of Dr. Carter's passing. He was always so personable, professional and had a...Read More »
22 of 59 | Posted by: Darlene McCuiston - Richmond, MI

“Donna, We are sending you and Aidan our love and deepest condolences. We are so saddened. We so enjoyed the times we had together with you and...Read More »
23 of 59 | Posted by: Becky and Dave Barnhart - MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult and sad time. ”
24 of 59 | Posted by: Heather Dixon

“So very shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Carter. He was a sweet man and a wonderful doctor. I worked for him one summer when I was...Read More »
25 of 59 | Posted by: Kulsoom Jafri - Houston , TX

“I learned of Dr. Carter's passing two days ago when I spoke with Nikki at OptimEyes, regarding my daughter's contact lenses. We are still struggling...Read More »
26 of 59 | Posted by: The Duda Family (Laura, Lindsey, & Christopher)

“It has been 1 week since we learned of the untimely passing of our friend and co-worker, Bill Carter. It is still so difficult to imagine a visit to...Read More »
27 of 59 | Posted by: Nanette Michaels - MI - co-worker

“I'm so sorry about Dr. Carter's passing. I was just meeting with him the Thursday before. He was so kind and comforting. I knew his PHD thesis was...Read More »
28 of 59 | Posted by: Eric Mayo - Shelby Township, MI

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Carter's passing. Even though I only worked with him a short time he had an impact on my life. I enjoyed...Read More »
29 of 59 | Posted by: Michelle Aurand

“I met Dr. Carter on a treadmill at Lifetime Fitness. He was running faster and harder than me and was holding a full conversation with me since his...Read More »
30 of 59 | Posted by: Jason - Warren, MI - Patient

“My prayers and thoughts are with you Donna and Aiden. It was a pleasure to know Bill and work with him. He loved you both very much. He also loved...Read More »
31 of 59 | Posted by: Dianne Gillespie - Warren, MI

“Donna and Aiden, Our hearts are breaking for your loss, and Our own. Dr. Carter was a Wonderful Doctor, a constant source of laughter, a Great...Read More »
32 of 59 | Posted by: Karen & Phil Hea - New Haven, MI

“Bill was the epitome of joy, happiness, freedom and fulfillment. He shared his love for Aidan and Donna with me during our trip to Nicaragua. He and...Read More »
33 of 59 | Posted by: Sherry Wiggins-Baker, Physical Therapist Henry Ford West Bloomfi - MI

“My deepest sympathy to Bill's family and friends. I haven't seen Bill since our high school graduation back in '86, but this news still hits me very...Read More »
34 of 59 | Posted by: Brad Donoghue - Sylvan Lake, MI

“Donna - My heart aches for you in this most difficult time. I am keeping you and Aidan and your extended family in my thoughts and prayers. May God...Read More »
35 of 59 | Posted by: Ruth Zittritsch - Rochester Hills, MI

“Donna - my heart aches for you both. I know that Bill was your world, and you his. He may be gone from this physical earth, but he will always be...Read More »
36 of 59 | Posted by: Deborah and Harold French - NC

“I am deeply saddened over the news of Bill's passing. In our small optometry school class, we weren't just classmates. Just friends. We were/are...Read More »
37 of 59 | Posted by: Susan Keil Mannecke - Nixa, MO

“I called today to make an appointment for me and my kids with Dr Carter and was told the sad news. I'm sitting here in complete shock. I'm so...Read More »
38 of 59 | Posted by: Shatha, Peter, and Pauline Mansour - MI

“Bill and Carol. We were sadden at the passing of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families God Bless. ”
39 of 59 | Posted by: John and Judy Yonan - North Port, FL

“To Donna and Aidan, you are both in my thoughts and prayer. May you find the strength to endure this loss and find joy in the time you had with your...Read More »
40 of 59 | Posted by: Gail Sobieraj - cousin to Donna

“Donna, my prayers are with you and your family. Dr. Carter will be missed. Such a great guy. ”
41 of 59 | Posted by: faye tanks - detroit, MI

“May God rest your soul. Dr. Carter was a beautiful spirit. You will be missed. Our prayers go out to Donna and Aiden. ”
42 of 59 | Posted by: faye tanks - detroit, MI

“To Bill, my MSU Alumni pal, and back of the room optometry school partner, our dear friend and colleague. Marathoner, biker, and dear friend. You...Read More »
43 of 59 | Posted by: Kris Finlay - Rochester Hills, MI

“We were patients of Dr. Carter for several years, first at the office in Midtown and later in Sterling Hts. We always looked forward to our annual...Read More »
44 of 59 | Posted by: Steve Wilkinson and Nancy Parker

“We are so sad and shocked to hear that Bill has passed away...He was a good friend to our son Scott for many years and his brother- in- law..and part...Read More »
45 of 59 | Posted by: Janis Moldenhauer - Chesterfield, MI

“You can finaly run my amigo, in jury free...! ”
46 of 59 | Posted by: Lawrence Lorenzo Worde - macomb, MI

“So sorry to hear of our loss of Dr. Carter. God sure does have himself one special angel! My son was his patient at the HF center and we so loved...Read More »
47 of 59 | Posted by: Cindy Werbrouck - Shelby Township, MI

“I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Carter when he was at a clinic in Rochester after graduating MCO in 1994. I had not yet graduated optometry...Read More »
48 of 59 | Posted by: Dr. Barbara Horn - Washington, MI

“Dr. Carter (BILL as he ALWAYS tried to get us to call him even though his first name wa sclearly Dr :) ) was more to us than words can ever express....Read More »
49 of 59 | Posted by: niki and Geri - sterling heights, MI

“We are so grateful to have you as a co-worker, friend, and mentor. You meant the world to us! We will miss you dearly! ”
50 of 59 | Posted by: OptimEyes Lakeside 122 - MI

“I had the pleasure of meeting Bill at Aidan's in-home piano recital recently. Even having such a short time to get to know one another, it was...Read More »
51 of 59 | Posted by: Sue Mutter - Troy, MI

“I worked with Bill at Henry Ford Main Campus. I was truly saddened to hear of his sudden death. My fondest memories of Bill was talking about his...Read More »
52 of 59 | Posted by: Sharon Nauss - Troy, MI

“Bill was a man of great spirit and character. He had a positivity that was infectious, a smile that warmed the heart and a love for his family that...Read More »
53 of 59 | Posted by: Nabil Khoury - Bloomfield, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. ”
54 of 59 | Posted by: Barb Skrletts - Wakeman, OH

“Penny and family, Thinking of you and will keep you in my prayers. With deepest sympathy, Julie Naismith ”
55 of 59 | Posted by: Julie Naismith

“I have so many fond memories of you growing up. Thank you for being a special part of our family. Your memory will always live on in our hearts and...Read More »
56 of 59 | Posted by: Linda L. Gadde - Farmington Hills, MI

“My heart aches for the whole family. Life cut to short. Prayers and thoughts continue to flow. ”
57 of 59 | Posted by: Kim - Sterling Hgts, MI - Friend

“When I was told Bill had passed away suddenly I found myself whisked back more than 20 years to our college days. So full of life and full of fun....Read More »
58 of 59 | Posted by: Rick Meints - Ann Arbor, MI

“My heartfelt sympathy and deeply felt condolences. So very sorry for your loss. ”
59 of 59 | Posted by: Michelle Turner - OH


William Kelley Carter, O.D., age 44, passed away suddenly on March 26, 2013. Dr. Carter was an optometrist for Henry Ford OptimEyes Eye Center at Lakeside. He was a well-known marathon runner and friend to all. A giving person to everyone, he made his final gift to Gift of Life. Beloved husband of Donna, loving father of Aidan, cherished son of William R. and Carol Ann; and dear brother of Marian (Scott) Moldenhauer, Penny Carter and Jane (Chris) Carter Weaver. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 5:00 pm with a service at 2:00 pm. Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, 46530 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb, MI 48044. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Aidan's College Fund. Please leave a memory at lee-ellenafuneralhome.com.