Minnie Brackett

Minnie L. Brackett, 70, of 1145 Maryland Ave., passed away Thursday, August 1st, in her home. She was a daughter of Sarah Logan Brackett and the late A.H. Brackett, and mother of Yannique and Yanette Carter.

One of God’s Special Angels, Minnie L. Brackett, affectionately known to family and friends by the nickname her Grandpa Johnny gave her, “Lollipop or Lollie,” arrived on December 4, 1948 in Gaffney, South Carolina. She was the second of five children born to Sarah Logan-Brackett and A.H. Brackett. The early years of her life were spent in Cowpens, SC before moving to New York State with her parents and siblings.

Minnie was educated in the public school system of New York City where she excelled in creative artistry. She first displayed her gift for art in grammar school when she drew a picture on her classroom blackboard.  Her teacher was so impressed she displayed the sketch throughout the school year. Thus, began a lifelong pursuit of art and creative design. Minnie’s creative nature and love of learning led her to pursue collegiate studies at Fashion Institute, York College and Baruch College.

Minnie was a very creative artist her talents included free hand drawings, oil painting, fashion clothing designer, crocheting, macramé, and quilting. She used her talents to brighten the lives of others’ especially her family. Grandma would be the one to craft macramé Easter baskets for all her little ones. Lollie was also a hobbyist her collections include such items as: Hess Trucks, God’s Children & Kinkade figurines, and Harry Potter Treasures. 

Her family cherishes the stories she told, the Black authors she introduced to us, and the promise she made to herself to raise culturally aware Black children who would fight  for justice.

Minnie was married to the late Edward H. Carter and to their union three children, Edward V., Yannique, and Yannette Carter, were born.

She was employed with the New York State Unified Court System for well over thirty years. She began her career within the Criminal Justice System as a Court Officer and achieved the rank of a Senior Supreme Court Clerk before retiring in 2017. During her time with the court system, she organized the Pot-luck Dinner which they held three times a year. Through the Pot-luck Dinner Minnie was able to share her love of cooking and baking. Lollie was loved for her excellent cooking and baking skills, her famous chili, beer dogs, Kahlua & Cocoa – Cola cakes are wellknown.

Throughout her life Minnie was an active member of the “Sew Brooklyn Quilting Guild”  and known thoughout New York and SC for her culinary ability, which she attributed to her aunts Ruby Brackett,  Sandy(Alice) Stevenson and her father.  She used many of her talents to help the youth, needy families, and homeless members of society. As a member of the former financial institution, Bankers Trust, Minnie designed, hand sewed, and styled clothes for baby dolls which were publicly displayed before being donated to one hundred needy young girls. Through her membership with the Sew Brooklyn Quilting Guild, she crafted beautiful and unique quilts which she donated to several organizations charity benefits and silent auctions to assist with their fundraising endeavors. She also used her cooking talents to feed homeless women in shelters and needy families during the holidays.

She leaves to cherish her fond memories daughters; Yannique Carter, Brooklyn, New York, Yannette Carter, Spartanburg, SC; grandchildren Domanique Crawford, Brandon Carter, Ronni Carter, Taylor Carter, Ashley Carter, Yannique S. Carter; great grandchildren Shimir, Janii, Serenity and Ava; goddaughters, Marie Williams and Shantae Harris; brothers, Albert Brackett and Johnace Brackett; sister, Dominique Brackett; sisters-in-law, Yvonne Brackett, Anita Brackett, and Sharena Brackett;  a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close life-long friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Edward V. Carter;  father, A.H. Brackett;  brother, Calvin Brackett;  sisters, Dorothy Brackett and Elmer Ruth Barnes.

The Funeral Service will be Thursday, 1:00 p.m., in Island Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Hunter officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. She will be in state in the church Thursday at 12:00 noon.

The Gilmore Mortuary