Frank Kenneth Carter

Frank Kenneth Carter Frank Kenneth Carter was born on July 10, 1915 in Milwaukee, Wisc. as Francis Kambish to Fred Frank and Florence Catherine Kambish. He and his two brothers and sister were put up for adoption in 1922 in the Oklahoma Children's Home where Thomas S. and Mattie Carter adopted him in 1923. In 1935 he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corp. where he spent the next six years working in and around Oklahoma. In 1941 he enlisted in the Army as a food service technician on the cadre troop train that traveled across the U.S.A. transferring many soldiers from one base to another. He served at Camp Swift, Bastrop, Texas where he met his wife Blanche Lucille Johnson from Elgin, Texas. They were married on Sep. 6, 1943. The Carter's had eight children. He also served at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Fort Ord, CA, and St. Louis Obispo, CA,. He went to France where he received instructions and preparations before heading to Germany for WWII. While serving in Czechoslavakia, his unit, the 97th Infantry Division was credited with firing the last shot of WWII in the European Theatre of operations. In 1946 he enlisted in the newly established Army Air Corp, which later became the U.S. Air Force and went on to serve in the Korean conflict until its end. Later he was stationed at Bergstrom AFB until 1965 when he and family were sent to the Island of Guam. The base served as a primary support to the war in Vietnam. From Guam, he and family were transferred to Barksdale Air Force Base where he served on the Inspector General's Team until he retired in 1969 combining twenty-eight years of military service to his country. He retired as Chief Senior Master Sergeant, the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. After retiring, the family moved back to their home in Austin where he spent time on his hobbies of fishing, woodworking and gardening. But he is most known for telling stories to his grandchildren who affectionately call him "Papa Candy" and for passing out his 'stones' to family, friends and passerby's along with a colorful story about them. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Blanche Lucille Carter, brothers, Jessie Albert Brown and Bernard Lundy, sister Alice Lillian Walker, half-brother Earl Hornbaker, half-sisters Ruth Hornbaker and Mary Lee Markwell, daughters, Karen Ann Carter and Constance Lucille Carter and son, Dennis Lynn Carter, who served in Vietnam, two grandchildren, Jennifer Shirlene Carter and Brandon Michael Carter and daughter-in-law, Lynda Myers Carter and son-in-law Douglas Elliff. His children, Kenneth Carter and J.C. Carter of Austin, Dwaine and Letitia Carter of Del Rio, Helen Elliff of Corpus Christi and Rosemary and Dennis Schmidt of Taylor, survive him. Also surviving are half-brothers Glen Hornbaker of Virginia, Andy Hornbaker of Utah and half-sister Larue Hanna of Kansas. Also surviving are nine grand-children and fifteen great grand children along with numerous other relatives and many life long friends. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Park at Beckett Meadows who have been like family, and for their loving care and friendship to Frank over the past three years. Visitation will be Sunday, August 27, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Condra Funeral Home in Taylor. Funeral services will be Monday, August 28, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Condra Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Taylor City Cemetery. Condra Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home

Condra Funeral Home
503 Talbot Street Taylor, TX 765743561
(512) 352-3636

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 27, 2006