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Louis E. Carter age 67 of Laurel MD, departed this life at his home in Laurel MD, surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Louis was born February 6, 1953 and the son of the late Daniel and Mildred Carter. Louis was married to the late Kelly M. Carter.

Louis Carter became one of Maryland football’s all-time greats. Louis Carter, a football star at Arundel High School and the University of Maryland, where he led the Terps in rushing from 1972-74. Carter also played four seasons in the NFL with Oakland and Tampa Bay. He was inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016.


Louis touched the lives of so many and will be forever missed. He was a caring and loving person who enjoyed talking and telling stories to make you laugh. It only took one conversation with him and you became part of the family. Louis loved people and cherished the word “family”. He is survived by his two cherished children and grand-daughter, Kaila (Tajh) Thomas along with Reign of Owings Mills, and Daniel Carter of Laurel: sisters, Jeanette (Clarence) Walker, Mildred (Samuel) Smith, Jean Mundell, Harriet Harrison, Veronica (Melvin) Harnsberry: sister-in-law, Cecelia (Steven) Overby: brother-in-law, Stephen (Carol) Dargan: a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.


Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing at Howell Funeral Home, 10220 Guilford Road, Jessup, MD, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Dealing with uncertainty during the Coronavirus Pandemic, if you plan to attend, the family of Louis Carter respectfully request that you wear face covering and practice social distancing at all times. While we greatly appreciate you taking time from your busy schedules to express condolences and share memories of the life of Louis, it is important that we do so safely.


The family hopes that you understand that due to COVID-19, the memorial services will be private to the family only on Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Howell Funeral Home. A Viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Service will follow from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The memorial service will streamed lived for your viewing at https://vimeo.com/event/378151/8cbb013e13. The interment will be immediately following the service at Mt. Zion UMC, 3592 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD., 20724.

The family will host a Repast to reminisce, connect and celebrate the life of Louis at a later date in 2021.


Special Acknowledgment

Thank you all for your love and support during our time of need.

Your prayers, visits, calls, cards and other expressions of sympathy

are greatly appreciated.





  • Ed O’Donnell Posted October 15, 2020 6:33 pm

    Please accept my sympathy on your loss. I didn’t know Lou very well but we sometimes chatted in the corridors at the UMGC office building in Largo. He was always very friendly to me and often helpful when I forgot my badge and had to be let in to my office. A very good guy.

    • Cathy Williams Posted October 16, 2020 5:26 pm

      I knew Louis in the 1990. He and Shirley Magee and I work together. He was so kind,and funny.We loss touch as time went by, but reunited through a friend from his work. I was so happy to hear from him I know he will be missed. I will never laugh again like he made me laugh. God speed my wonderful friend.

  • Erika Orris Posted October 15, 2020 7:51 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of Louis’ passing, he was a special person who brightened my day when I was at our Largo location. UMGC Largo will never be the same. My deepest condolences to your family.

  • Lakeisha Mercer Posted October 15, 2020 10:28 pm

    I am so sincerely sorry for your loss. He was the highlight of my mornings. There was never a morning that I didn’t go past him with a huge smile on my face because of him warm welcome and wonderful stories. He loved talking about his granddaughter and his family. He always spoke on how important it is to be kind. I am grateful to have crossed paths with someone so amazing. He will truly be missed.

  • Monica Williams and Bria Posted October 16, 2020 4:45 pm

    Kayla, Danny, and to the whole family. I am so blessed that my dad made sure that I had the chance to know Louis and even being away for years, he always welcomed me and Bria when we came home to Maryland. He will be missed. I see him laughing with his brothers, Aunt Mildred, Uncle Dan, Aunt Ruth and Grandma Eva, and my dad talking sports.

  • Eric Sievers Posted October 16, 2020 5:22 pm

    My condolences to the Carter family, extended family and his close friends. He was one of the reasons that many of my generation played football for the University of Maryland. A local giant that remains a much admired gentleman.

  • Janet and Thom Daly Posted October 16, 2020 5:32 pm

    Kaila and Dan. Please accept our sincere condolences. Your family is so important to us. We will always cherish our memories of your dad. So sorry that we cannot be together with you at this difficult time due to the pandemic. We are with you in our hearts and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Janet and Thom and family.

  • Jerome Chandler Posted October 16, 2020 5:51 pm

    My condolences to the family. I work in the same building with Lou and I would talk to him everyday when he came to work .What a great guy ,he loved to sing listen to gospel music especial Marvin Winans. He told me that he sung at his daughter wedding and how proud he was of his kids. We played golf a few time after work what an athlete a very good player. He will truly be missed.

  • Maria Lee Posted October 16, 2020 10:55 pm

    My sincerest condolences to the Carter family. For as long as I can remember, Mr. Carter welcomed me at UMGC every morning with a smile and “how are you doing.” Even after I left a year ago, we still kept in touch. Mr. Carter LOVED to talk. Being a football fan we always talked about the sport. We talked about family a lot, too. He would always come visit me in my office when he did his rounds. Even helped me jump start my car a few times. He was always there when I needed him. I will miss him.

  • Jackie Williams Posted October 18, 2020 11:59 am

    My deepest sympathy to the Carter family. It was an honor and privilege to work with Louis at UMGC. He was beloved by all of the UMGC staff who knew him. We will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Brehanna Edwards Posted October 18, 2020 1:05 pm

    To the family – I will truly miss Mr. Lou. We had many talks while working at UMGC and during each one he always gave me great advice. Over the past week I have been trying to remember all of them. You all are in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • Ruth Markulis Posted October 18, 2020 2:17 pm

    Lou was always so proud of his children and talked about them often. He also cared a great deal about his UMGC family, and he will be sorely missed. You can take comfort in the love he shared with all.

  • Regina McCallister Posted October 18, 2020 7:06 pm

    My condolences to Kayla Tajh & Dan and the Carter family.. My condolences. Sometime life is hard to figure out challenges and obstacles arise that we’re never in our plans. Yet God is always there to take us by the hand, walk with us step-by-step and guide us through to the good he has for our lives. . When lou showed up the funny came an the singing he was the karaoke king. It will never be the same. I know he has them up in heaven doing karaoke already he had an awesome voice. . Rest in Peace Lou. You will be missed. Love Ya. Aunt G and Glenn 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Valerie Beatty Posted October 19, 2020 1:31 am

    Kaila and Dan – our hearts are with you today. We have such great memories of your mom and dad. Those memories will forever remain with us. Your dad was such a great friend to me and a wonderful role model to Taylor and Paige . We will always cherish the time our families spent together.

  • Rod Sharpless Posted October 19, 2020 12:58 pm

    # 32 Thanks for the memories. My deepest thoughts to the Carter Family during this time. It was a honor and privilege to have played with Louis. Touchdown by # 32 Louis Carter. You will be missed by All!!!

  • Kris Smith Posted October 19, 2020 5:46 pm

    We are in Florida and if we were in Maryland, we would have attended the service. Louis and I were friends at Arundel. I had some classes with him. He always kind and personable. It did not matter if you were an athlete or not, he always spoke to and with you like you mattered. We continued to follow him at UM and in professional sports. The last time I was able to see him, albeit from afar, was when he was honored as an honorary team captain at a UM home game. Although we lost touch except for Arundel reunions, he had a personal impact on those he met.

    Rest in Power, Wildcat. You will not be forgotten.

  • Dan Kecman Posted October 20, 2020 3:58 am

    My condolences to the Carter family with the passing of Louis. He was a great football player but a better man. I am very sorry for your loss and may he Rest In Peace.

  • Joseph Younge Posted October 21, 2020 9:40 pm

    My condolence is offered to the entire Carter family. I had not seen my friend in 45 years, but the memories of our period at College Park will always remain. We came to the University of Maryland as the greatest group of Freshman High School All-Americans that the school had ever recruited in 1970-71. And, as we all made a difference on the Division 1 level (i.e. ACC Championships and Bowls) and the many who went on to play in the NFL, the men who became a family during those early 1970s will always bond around those years. Thanks, Louis for your outstanding athleticism and leadership! May you Rest In Peace!

  • Cathy Leaning Posted October 22, 2020 1:08 pm

    My sincerest condolences. Lou was a gem who took an interest in every person he met. He will be greatly missed.

  • Tracey Conrad Posted October 24, 2020 7:46 pm

    My sincerest condolences to your family. I got to know Lou at UMGC. Will always remember how friendly and welcoming he was to me and everyone that walked through the doors. I feel lucky that I got to know him if only for a short time.

  • Gregory Terry Posted October 26, 2020 4:20 am

    I want to take this moment to express my condolences to the family of Lou, as me and my father, John Terry knew him. We both worked at Covington Buick and had the pleasure of sharing in his friendly and warm personality. He had a smile that would brighten a room! What a great person he was. He will be forever missed.

  • Wanda Perriens Posted October 26, 2020 6:13 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of Lou’s passing. When I would go to the Largo Office, I always looked forward to seeing Lou and his smile. He was always so kind to everyone. He will be truly missed. My prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. .

  • Antoinne Posted November 2, 2020 5:46 pm

    I’ll miss the morning conversations with Lou! Always started my day off with positivity and laughter! He was very blunt in his approach but he was genuinely concerned with how one felt. To we meet again Lou!

  • Elizabeth Urbanski Posted November 2, 2020 9:31 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Lou’s passing. I looked forward to seeing him when I arrived at work. He always had a friendly hello with a huge smile on his face and was always willing to chat for a few minutes. I will miss seeing him. My sincerest condolences for the Carter family. May Lou rest in peace.

  • Steve Nolan Posted November 5, 2020 6:50 pm

    I just heard this news. Lou will be missed. Coming and going from the Largo building at UMGC I had many long conversations with him on a number of topics that I will always remember. Our kids were often a focus – and his love for his kids was clear. My deepest condolences to all his family.

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