Carter W. Friend, 75, a retired division chief of the Labor Department who was active in church organization, died Saturday in a Charlottesville Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Friend, a resident of Alexandria, had been hospitalized in Staunton, Va., since suffering a stroke four years ago.

He had been a member of the Fairlington Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, where he had been superintendent of the Sunday School and a deacon and elder. He also had belonged to the George Washington Masonic Lodge in Alexandria.

Mr. Friend was a personnel officer with the Labor Department for 22 years and was a division chief at the time he retired in 1969.

He was a native of Charlotte County, Va., and a 1924 cum laude graduate of Hampden-Sydney College. He taught school in King George County, Va., before coming to Washington in 1934.

Mr. Friend was manager of the Alexandria office of the U.S. Employment Service for five years before resigning to take a post with the War Manpower Commission in 1943. He joined the Labor Department three years later.

Survivors include his wife, Louise J., of Alexandria; and three sister, Elfreth Shelburne of Greensboro, N.C., Isabele Bigelow of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Caroline Henderson of Farmville, Va.