Richard Avis Cart, 83, of Deputy, Indiana, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.
He was born on June 5, 1938, in Scottsburg, Indiana, to Ralph Oran Cart Sr. and Clara C. Robbins Cart. He was raised in Paris Crossing, Indiana and Deputy, where he resided his entire life. He was a 1956 graduate of Deputy High School and played basketball for Coach Vernon Wynn. He married Alta Margaret Hansell on July 14, 1957, in Deputy and they had two sons. He graduated from Indiana Barber College in 1957 and opened Cart’s Barber Shop in Deputy in 1958. He operated the barber shop for 20 years and in 1977 began a career at Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation in Madison, retiring from operations in 1997. He was a farmer at heart and had owned and operated Cave Springs Farm since 1972 where he raised registered Polled Hereford cattle. A Republican, he served four terms as Graham Township Trustee and as a representative for the State of Indiana for the National Polled Hereford Association. He was a member of Deputy United Methodist Church, having served as a trustee, and was a 48-year member of the Hanover Order of Eastern Star No. 525 where he was Past Worthy Patron, He was a 60-year member of the Hanover Masonic Lodge No. 652 where he served as a Past Master of the Lodge.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years of Deputy; his sons, Richard Leslie Cart of Madison, David Cart of Deputy and Robert Cart of Collingswood, New Jersey; a brother, Ronie Cart of Kent, Indiana; and six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ralph Oran Cart Jr. in 1938, Raymond Cart in 1944, Howard M. Cart in 2002, and John J. Cart in 2009; two sisters, Eleanor Virginia Malcomb in 2013 and Clara Irene Simmon in 2016; and other relatives.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Deputy United Methodist Church in Deputy. Interment will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery near Deputy. Visitation is noon until time of services Wednesday at the church. Hanover Masonic Lodge No. 652 F. & A.M. will conduct a service on Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital through the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover or at the church. Online condolences and memorials, www.morgan-nay.com.