Bruce Edward Carter Jr. was born August 10, 1980, in Portland, Oregon to the union of Bruce and Esther Carter. He was known dearly by his family as ‘Brucie’, ‘Tooda’, and ‘Old Dude’.
He started school at the early age of just three years old, attending AMA Early Childhood Preschool. Throughout his academia he attended both Vernon and Irvington Grade Schools, Fernwood Middle School, and graduated from Madison High School in 1998. Bruce continued his education the following year at Portland Community College, where he studied information technology.
Bruce had a strong love for the Lord. He became a member of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church when he was very young. He was passionately dedicated to his assignments in the church. He sang in the choir, attended Sunday School, participated in plays, and played the drums. He was often invited to perform at weddings and other churches. He was known to blow the roof off with his drumming expertise. His passion for drumming developed at the age of sixteen after sitting and learning all through his primary years, from his father, Bruce Carter Sr. His dad was the drummer for various groups - Pleasure, Kenny G, and many other local bands.
Bruce was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He would light up any room he entered. He was always cracking jokes and making everyone around him laugh. He was a huge fan of the Portland Trail Blazers. He enjoyed getting season tickets and watching the games in person with his parents. He would debate with anyone about the fact that the Blazers could have a comeback from any loss.
Bruce was called home December 7, 2021. He is preceded in death by his dad, Bruce Carter Sr.; grandfather, Rev. Ivory J. Nicholas; grandmothers, Maude E. Nicholas and Irelia Cunningham; uncles, David R. Nicholas and Jimmy Jackson; and godparents, Andy Stokes and Debra Roper.
Bruce leaves to mourn his loving mother, Esther M. Carter; aunt, Amy Riggins; uncles, Ivory J. Nicholas, Joe Nicholas, and David Riggins; as well as a host of cousins and many, many friends.
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