Lawrence Jeffrey Carter of East Providence, R.I., died on April 21 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. from complications of the coronavirus. He was 69.

Larry was born in Providence, R.I, the son of Dr. Ulysses T. Carter, Jr., DDS, and Barbara June (Pinchback) Carter of Burrillville, R.I. and Oak Bluffs. He grew up in Rhode Island with his brother and sister, where his father practiced dentistry and his mother was a well-known teacher.

Larry swam, played baseball, basketball, and enjoyed ping-pong and grilling on his deck. After graduating from Burrillville High School, Larry attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va.

In the fall of 1970, while at Virginia Union, he joined the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., following in the footsteps of his father, beloved uncle, Dr. Gregory P. Carter of Newport News, Va., and Dr. Paul S. Hough, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

During his college years, Larry and his brother worked summer jobs on Martha’s Vineyard. Larry recounted the experience with great humor and fondness. At night, he and several friends played in a jazz band at the Sea Food Shanty.

After earning his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Virginia Union, Mr. Carter returned home to Rhode Island and embarked on what would become an over 40-year career in the insurance industry, as a claims analyst with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. His dedication and loyalty to MetLife engendered a long-lived career with the company, from which he retired as senior analyst.

Larry is a former member of Chepachet Union Church and attended Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs, where he was the best man in his sister’s wedding. His bright smile and infectious laugh bespoke a warmth and sense of humor that delighted all who knew him. He took great pride in his family, was a caring, kind, respected man, fun-loving, who demonstrated thoughtfulness and a quiet strength. Larry imparted comfort to those in need of a shoulder to lean on, and was deeply loved by his family, friends and co-workers. He will be missed.

Larry is survived by his his twin brother, Lance S. Carter and his wife, Ethel, along with their daughters, Nicollette and Alexandria; his sister, Susan L. (Tweetye) Carter and her husband, Steven L. Passmore; and many cousins, nephews, nieces and God-children.

Funeral arrangements are private.