Friends and coworkers shared delicious refreshments in a beautifully decorated conference room in the Lincoln County Health Department in Fayetteville. Time for reminiscing and visiting was enjoyed by the large group of well-wishers.
During the afternoon reception District Director Debbie D. Broadway, introduced a group of distinguished guests beginning with Peggy Bevels, Lincoln County Executive. She spoke of Carter's dedication in her work in Lincoln County. Suellen Joyner, Administrative Director for the South Central Region, likewise spoke of Carter's accomplishments during her years in the thirteen counties of the Region. She said, "Joan always takes pride in representing public health."
At the annual conference of the Tennessee Public Health Association in November, Carter was recognized as the "2006 Public Health Worker of the Year". She was honored by her colleagues across the state for exemplary service in the field of public health. A duplicate plaque presented to Carter at the meeting will be hung in the waiting room of the Lincoln County Health Department with a framed picture of the presentation by Dr. Kenneth Robinson, Commissioner of Health at that time, and Barbara Medlin, president of the organization.
Carter began her retirement the first of this year coinciding with that of her husband, Dr. Woodson Carter, longtime Lewisburg dentist.