Jerry Carter 
August 11, 1941 – December 4, 2011

This quick witted, jolly, chain smoking and willfully stubborn man passed in peace surrounded by family in his home. He courageously fought prostate cancer but cancer coupled with 55 years of joyously smoking finally was his undoing. He was adamant that his obituary be nothing more than a pithy paragraph, but it is lengthened a bit by his noncompliant, verbose wife despite the protest of his loyal daughters. 

Jerry Carter: a resident of Hilltop Lakes, was (and lives in our hearts as) a loving husband, father and son. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of forty-seven years; a son, Ron Carter; 2 daughters and their spouses, Kimberly Carter, MD and Paul Tindall; Jill and Alvin Spearman; 4 grand-kiddos, Colby Roddam, Ben Spearman, Aiden and Sloane Tindall; and mother, Louise Carter, from whom he inherited all of his stubbornness.

He was preceded in death by his father — Gaston Carter, who in a successful effort to survive such an unfortunate given name – developed an intelligent sense of humor which Jerry inherited.

Jerry grew up on a ranch and fled the hard life as soon as he could. He meant to be an engineer, but it wasn’t an option at Sam Houston State University, so he earned a BS in education and worked as an air traffic controller. Because of his need to tinker, he became a collector of an eclectic mix of skills; he was a pilot, ham radio operator, fisherman, technophile, and so loved his guns that he set up a shooting range INSIDE his house to ensure his children would never embarrass him in this area. He also was on an unceasing search for the perfect teacake, which was really an excuse to constantly eat cookies.

In the end he intended to create the ultimate insurance policies by raising and paying for the educations of an accountant and a physician — yet, he still succumbed to the truism of life: death and taxes. He’s currently taking a big drag on a Winston, eating the perfect teacake and relishing that in heaven no one is fussing at him about second hand smoke. 

Services celebrating his life will be held Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00 pm in Hilltop Lakes Chapel. Burial will be in Allphin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers make gifts to Hospice Brazos Valley or your favorite charity.

Madisonville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.