William Charley Carter

January 20, 1926 - April 23, 2019

William “Bill” Charley Carter, 93, of Bourbonnais, IL., formerly of Batavia, IL., passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Green Tree Health Care in Bradley, IL.  William was born on January 20, 1926 in Calhoun County, Mississippi, the son of Bluford Leonard and Margaret Ludie (nee. McKinney) Carter.  He was united in marriage to Margaret H. Lacy on June 25, 1949 in Chicago, IL.

He proudly served in the US Navy during WWII from 1944 to 1946 serving in the south pacific. He worked at Fermilab for over 25 years, retiring in 1988.  His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing and playing golf.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Betty (James) Gocken; two grandsons, Daniel (Michelle) Gocken and Andrew (Victoria) Gocken; three great grandchildren, Lauren (Matthew Binter) Gocken-Binter, Connar Gocken and William Gocken; two sisters, Faye Snyder and Margie Arnold.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 66 years, Margaret H. Carter; one sister, Irene Bryant; three brothers, Gene Carter, Wiley Carter and Wayne Carter.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday April 30, 2019 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL. 60510.  Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 P.M. also at the funeral home. Interment will be at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia, IL.

For additional information please contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • Wendy Williams Continuing to keep the Carter/Gocken family in our thoughts and prayers. Sending prayers of understanding and healing. Lennie & Wendy Williams
  • Frank Fratzke Bill was one of the great guys in the neighborhood. I remember he would often take me and his nephew Steve out to Fermilab where he worked as a machinist when they were first starting - then we would get to explore! I remember the GREAT fly fishing lures he would make - very talented, and his cool white Chevy with the red interior! I will miss him, and my thoughts and prayers to the Carter family.
  • Marilyn Joseph To Bill's family and friends. May God be with you during this time of grief. May he grant you the power beyond what is normal to cope. May you also find comfort in the promise found at Acts 24:15 which says that there is going to be a resurrection.
  • Ron Williams Sorry to hear about the passing of my good friend Bill Carter.We first met at Fermilab in 1977 at a Fermilab golf outing.He will be missed dearly.
  • Rick Melgosa So sorry to hear about Bill passing away. He was a great neighbor and friend to the entire Melgosa family. He will be missed.