Dr. James Duane Carter TAHOKA-Dr. James Duane Carter of Tahoka, Texas, passed away on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the age of 80. He was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Garza County, Texas, to James and Lillian (James) Carter. He married Bennie Pridmore, his high school sweetheart, on Dec. 21, 1952, in Tahoka, Texas. They were just shy of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Duane was in the U.S. Navy for 28 years. He served in many capacities: land, air, and sea. He began his career as a U.S. Naval aviator, followed by tours of duty on several U.S. Naval ships. He also worked on the Polaris missile as well as led the search and rescue team in the Pacific Ocean. He did two tours of duty in Viet Nam, where he received two bronze medals with valor. Following his naval career, he returned to college to earn his Doctorate of Education at Florida State University. Dr. Carter returned to his roots in Tahoka, Texas. He taught math in high school, and later became the middle school and high school principal. He finished his educational career as superintendent of Tahoka I.S.D. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, and a great father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a devoted Texas Rangers fan and loved to tell a great story. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Bennie; two daughters, Shannon Trammell (Randy) of Carrollton, Texas, and Challis Fine (Gary) of Thibodaux, La.; two sisters, Eunice Sales of Slaton, Texas, and Gladys Towles (Bob) of Boulder City, Nev.; four grandchildren, Chris Fine (Angela), Lynna Marcel (Jason), Justin Trammell, and Kyle Trammell; and four great-granchildren, Koby Fine, Jarren Andras, Jacey Fullilove and Emma Marcel. Dr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Virgil Carter; and a sister, Mozelle Richards. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Tahoka, Texas, with interment to follow in Nevels Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Tahoka or Pridmore/Knox/Adams scholarship fund. Please celebrate the life of James by visiting www.combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Oct. 26, 2012