Josephine Cook-Carter was born on March 9, 1922, in Urbanna to the late John Franklin Cook and Mary Virginia “Virgie” Burrell Cook. She departed this life on July 25, 2014. She was one of seven children and was preceded in death by three brothers, William Cook, Howard Cook and Edward Cook; and three sisters, Catherine Lewis, Amelia Everett and Ida Cook.
She was educated in the Middlesex County School System. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Saluda. She worked at Barnhardt Duck Farm near Urbanna for a number of years before becoming a domestic engineer.
She married the late Thomas H. Carter and they had eight children. Five of her children preceded her in death, Charles Carter, Marvin Carter, Thomas Carter Jr., Kezziah Johnson and Martha Carter.
In 1979, Mrs. Cook-Carter moved to Philadelphia, Pa., where she joined Millennium Baptist Church. She worked for the Philadelphia Zoo for several years until her retirement.
Survivors include one son, Shields Carter and two daughters, Sarah Jane Blount and Mary Hurton, all of Philadelphia; 19 grandchildren (three preceded her in death); and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.