James Carter

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  • "My sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May..."
  • "Rest in peace, old buddy. We are going to miss you. Glenn..."
    - Glenn Middleton
  • "Marsha and Family, Sorry for your loss of Uncle Kinnie...."
    - Tammy Carter
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James McKinnie Carter departed this earth from the loving embrace of the family and friends he cherished into the loving arms of his precious Lord and Savior and his beloved wife in heaven on April 14, 2017. Jim was born on October 16, 1931 in the Flyns Lick community of Jackson County, Tennessee to parents Willis E. and Nellie (Veteto) Carter.

Jim attended elementary school in Granville, TN. Later he went to live with his Grandmother in Cookeville, TN after losing his grandfather, James Veteto. There he attended and graduated from Putnam County High School and then joined the Marine Corps. Jim served four years in the Marine Corps with active duty service in the Korean War where he had the opportunity of being present at "Operation Little Switch" when the first sick and wounded POW's were returned from North Korea in 1953.

Returning home after his service to his beloved country, Jim attended Tennessee Tech University. In 1957, Jim married Mary Alice Burris of Cookeville, Tennessee while continuing his studies and later graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. In 1962, they had their only daughter, Marsha. Immediately after graduating from Tennessee Tech, Jim was employed with United Shoe Machinery Corporation where he spent 20 years living in Nashville, St. Louis and Memphis while travelling extensively throughout the Midwest.

In 1972, Jim was made a Master Mason at the O.K. Houck Masonic Lodge #707 in Memphis, Tennessee where he was raised by Brother Wiley O. May, Past Grand Master of Tennessee. Jim later joined the Alchemia Shrine Temple and the Scottish Rite Bodies. In 1974, Jim and his family moved from Memphis to Pascagoula, MS as co-owner of Coastal Rubber and Gasket. After moving to Pascagoula, he helped form the Joppa Shrine Temple. Jim loved children and he worked with the Rainbow Girls of which his daughter, Marsha, become a State Rainbow Officer. He became the Joppa hospital chairman for the Gulf Coast and was instrumental in arranging medevac planes or ground transportation for crippled children or burn victims to the Shriner's hospitals. In 1984, he became Potentate of the Shriner's Joppa Temple. Two years later he became President of the Dixie Shrine Association of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida Panhandle. Later he was elected as First Vice President of the Southeastern Shrine Association. He was Recorder of the Joppa Shrine Temple for four years and served as Treasurer of the Joppa Shrine for two years. He also served for three years on the Board of Governors at the Shreveport, LA. Shriner's Hospital for Children. Many children have been helped over the years because of his perseverance and dedication to the Shriner's charities for children.

Jim was a member of the American Legion for over fifty-five years and a life member of the VFW since 1984. He was elected Chaplain and Service Officer of VFW Post 4709 in Conroe, Texas and later served as Junior and Senior Vice-Commander. Jim and his family were long time active members of the Baptist faith.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Willis E. and Nellie (Veteto) Carter; his wife of fifty-seven years, Mary A. Carter; and brothers, I. B., Warren and Merlin Carter. He is survived by his daughter, Marsha Carter Meltzer; son-in-law, Brad Meltzer; granddaughter, Rachel Elizabeth Meltzer; his favorite niece, Susan Randolph; and sister-in-law, Joanne Scarlett.

The family would like to thank all the friends, doctors and nurses who gave comfort, caring and kindness to Jim, particularly in the latter stages of his life.

The family would like to invite all friends and acquaintances of Jim to join in a remembrance and celebration of his life at Forest Park - The Woodlands Cemetery, on I-45 S in the Woodlands, Texas starting with visitation on Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 pm, followed by a funeral service from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. A reception will be held after a short committal ceremony at 3:00.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Apr. 20 to May 3, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
18000 Interstate 45 S | The Woodlands, TX 77384 | (936) 321-5115
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