RENA HOLMES CARTER
Rena Holmes Carter was a native of Haygood, South Carolina. She was the daughter of William and Annie Holmes and the eldest of five children. Carter attended public school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating from Kensington High School for Girls. After earning a nursing degree, she led a successful career at Byberry State Hospital.
Rena Carter was married to John Carter, Sr. Together, they raised two children: John Carter, Jr. and Sheila Carter. Ms. Carter was a faithful Christian, a devoted wife, a loving mother, a doting grandmother and supportive friend. Her kind and nurturing spirit is the essence of the Rena Carter Foundation and its mission to disrupt generational poverty.