An obituary about William McKinley Carter in Wednesday's editions of The Washington Post listed an incorrect cause of death. Mr. Carter died as the result of a stroke.
William McKinley Carter, 81, a native of Vienna who lived there most of his life and was a leader in church, community and fraternal organizations, died of cancer Dec. 11 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. Carter was a founder or charter member of the Fairfax County branch of the NAACP, Lodge, No. 529 of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, and Lodge No. 292 of the Free and Accepted Masons.
He was president of the Citizens Progressive Association of Vienna and was for many years president of the parent-teachers association in his area.
Friends of the Library, a biracial organization formed in his living room in 1958, was credited with work that led to the opening in Vienna of the Patrick Henry branch of the Fairfax County libraries. Mr. Carter was treasurer of the Friends.
He also was a longtime member of the FIrst Baptist Church of Vienna where he held the posts of deacon, trustee and president of the senior choir.
Mr. Carter received his elementary education in a one-room schoolhouse in Vienna, and after joining the Internal Revenue Service, for which he worked for more than 37 years, he studied at Armstrong Technical High School in the District of Columbia.
He was active for years in efforts to encourage and enable blacks in Northern Virginia to vote. He received a letter of commendation in 1965 from then Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and also was honored by the Fairfax County branch of he NAACP. In 1969, he received the Vienna Citizen of the Year award.
He served in the Army during World War. 1.
Survivors include a daughter, Marion E. Wiggins, of the home in Vienna three sons, Wyndell of Vienna, and Maurice and Vondell of Washington; a sister, Viola C. Harrod of Washington; two grandsons, and a great-grandson.