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Carter, Albert Harrison

The death of Mr. A. H. Carter occurred at his home in Matthews early Tuesday morning. Mr. Carter had been apparently in his normal health the previous night. Failing to get up at the usual time Tuesday, Mrs. Grace Wink sent a servant over to the house at about nine o'clock to awaken him, and he was found dead. Indications were that he had been dead perhaps two hours.

Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. Carter Walker in Eagle Lake at two o'clock yesterday evening, and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest in this city.

Mr. Albert Harrison Carter was born in Granada, Miss., June 22nd, 1841, being ninety years and four months of age at his death. He served in the civil War, enlisting at the age of 19 at Columbus and being later transferred to Virginia.

He was married to Miss Nannie Revere, who preceded him to the grave in 1907, and they lived on the farm about a mile north of this city for some 43 years. Since then, he has lived in the Eagle lake community.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Marcia Carter of this place, one brother, Mr. Charles Carter, four children, Mrs. Robert Walker of Eagle Lake, J. W. Carter of Egypt, Mrs. Joe Shaw of this city and Mrs. Henry Greak of Liberty, also fifteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, to all of whom our deep sympathy is extended.

Shortly before his death, Mr. Carter, in a reminiscent mood, jotted down the following lines:

"I am the last man of Co., B, 5th Texas Inf. known of. From 1861 to April 9th 1865, of 144 men in that company, there were three Carters. One was wounded in the seven days fight --that was me. Then came 2nd Manasas, A. V. L. passed on there. Sgt. J. T. a scout from the winter of 1861 to Gettysburg, and he passed on there. (? …?) contained ten men and I am the last one of these. Then there were ten men surrendered and paroled at Appomattox, and I am the last one of those; and I am not much -- will be ninety in June. Co. B will soon be just a memory."

Colorado Citizen, October 22, 1931
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Carter, Albert Jr.

Citizen of Matthews Buried Here

Funeral services were held at Odd Fellows Rest last Sunday afternoon at 3:30 over the remains of Mr. Al Carter of Matthews, who died Saturday from cancer. Services had been held at the residence of Mr. Ed Walker at Matthews at 2:00 o'clock, after which the funeral cortege came to the cemetery here.

Mr. Carter was reared in this community, a short distance north of town, and has been living at Matthews several years.

He is survived by his father, Mr. Al Carter, one brother James E. Carter, and two sisters, Mrs. Joe Shaw of this city and Mrs. Ed Walker of Matthews, to whom the sympathy of the community is extended.

Colorado Citizen, Thursday, October 2, 1924

Carter, Anna Gertrude (Vorhees)


Mrs. H. F. Cater, who would have been 74 on May 18, was laid to rest last Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Myrtle cemetery at Rock Island, with Rev. Calvin Froehner of Garwood officiating at services in the Methodist church.

Mrs. Carter, a native of Rushville, Mo., died at her home in Rock Island, Feb. 3. She had been a resident there since 1896.

A member of the Methodist church, Mrs. Carter was also active in Red Cross work during world wars I and II.

A brother, H. L. Vorhees, survives. Her husband died many yeas ago.

Pallbearers were Charles Vorhees, Galveston; Edward Vorhees, Texas City; Dudley Huhn, Lamarque, and Cecil Owers, Ira Curry and Glenn Williams, all of Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, February 10, 1949, page 2

Carter, Anthony Earl “Pepe”


Funeral services for Anthony "Pepe" Carter, 21, of Columbus are scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, June 24 at Henneke Funeral Home.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 8-3 p.m.

Burial will follow in Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Local man found on tracks

A Columbus man was found dead on the railroad tracks west of Rampart Street early Monday morning.

A Kansas City Southern Train engineer saw the body of Anthony Carter, 21, at approximately 5:13 a.m. June 18 and called 911.

Upon arrival, Columbus Police Department Officer Jeremy Schelsteder and Colorado County Sheriff's Department Deputy Marc Staff located Carter, and Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Billy Hefner pronounced him dead at the scene.

The body was transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy could take up to two weeks, and the case remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were Columbus Police Chief Danny Jackson, Officer Hollie Shanklin, Sgt. Tomas Ramirez, Lt. Ron Meyers and Texas Ranger Brian Taylor.

Colorado County Citizen, June 20, 2007

Anthony Earl "Pepe" Carter, 21, of Columbus, passed away June 18 in Columbus.

He was born in Eagle Lake, May 18, 1986 to Kevin Earl Moore and Shinola Carter. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and was a 2004 graduate of Columbus High School.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, David Lee Carter and Henry Ray Coleman.

He is survived by his parents of Columbus; grandmothers, Pearlie Mae Carter of Columbus and Ruby Fitzgerald of Alleyton; great-grandmother, Dorothy Lee Coleman of Columbus; sisters, Tanya Carter of Columbus and Baylee Moore of Spur; brothers, Andre Carter of Columbus and Justin Moore of Houston; aunts, Cora Carter, Kim (Curtis) Ward, Annie Porter, Barbara Twitty and JoAnn Johnson; uncles, Cedric Fitzgerald, Ron Toliver, Rodney Carter, Jimmy Carter and wife Christi, Lane Carter and wife Stacy, David W. Carter, Eckstine Carter, William Earl Wilson and wife DeLisa and David Carter and wife Earline; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted June 24 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Danny Henderson officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Phillip, Curtis, J.J. and Christopher Carter, Paul Ashton, Mitchell Lee and Michael Hinson.

Honorary pallbearers were Andre, Rodney, David W. and Jimmy Carter, Cedric Fitzgerald, Denzil, Lane and Eckstine Carter, Earl Wilson, James Moore, Gene Payne and Justin Moore.

Colorado County Citizen, June 27, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Carter, Bernard

Rites Held For Bernard Carter, 68

Graveside services for Bernard Carter, 68, were held Friday, June 13th at the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island by the Rev. Melburn Sibley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Carter was born June 26th, 1912 at Rock Island. The past 39 years he lived and worked for the Bunge family of Garwood. He died June 11th in a San Antonio hospital. Mr. Carter is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Lee Gilliland of Meeker, Oklahoma and Mrs. Josephine Moss of Rock Island; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Our heart felt sympathy to the family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 19, 1980
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Carter, Charles


Last Thursday night about 12 o'clock a special train on the Southern Pacific, conductor Parish in charge, having on board companies B and C of the fifth infantry, Colonel Wooldridge in command, was wrecked about two miles this side of Borden. The collision resulted in the death of Charles Carter, Co. C, 5th Infantry, and the wounding of the following others of the company: Julius Schwartz, slightly injured; John R. Weckeer, scalp wound, severe, also internally, Otto Rheburn, scalp wound, severe; John Reed, S=sprained wrist and severely in region of groin; and two others, slightly injured, names unknown. The train is reported to have been running at about the usual speed, when by some means the engine and tender became uncoupled from the train, discovering which the engineer is said to have ran the engine a mile and a half to prevent the train colliding, though he expected the automatic air brakes to stop the train as soon as the engine broke loose. When the engine was stopped, the engineer says he was surprised to see the train close behind at full speed(it being down grade,) and before he had time to start his engine the collision occurred, the engineer and fireman jumping from the engine to save their lives. The tender and baggage care were considerably torn up, the severity of the shock indicating that the engine was either still or backing up to the train.

Dr. C. A. Williamson, railroad surgeon for this section--from whom we gather most of the particulars--was sent for and arrived on the scene in a special and dressed the wounds of the injured men, Dr.Walker of Schulenburg assisting. Drs. Burford and Schmidt of Schulenburg were also on the ground. The dead soldier was buried here last Friday afternoon in the city cemetery. the passengers on the night trains were transferred at the wreck and continued their journey, the debris was removed next day and trains made regular trips. From all we can learn the accident was the result of culpable carelessness on the part of the engineer.

Colorado Citizen, May 28, 1891

Same paper under Weimar Items

Thursday night, between the hours of 11 and 12 o'clock, as the second section of a train of solders from the Rio Grande and other places near there and bound for Louisiana, Florida and Virginia reached Borden the coupling either broke or fell out that was between the engine and baggage car was the cause of a very serious accident. The engine was telescoped and the bagged care badly wrecked. There were soldiers in said car who were taking care of the baggage and were asleep at the time. Company cook Carter of Co. C. 5th Infantry, was instantly killed, he having his neck and back broken; four others were badly wounded but not necessarily fatal. The baggage care contained a good deal of the personal clothing of the officers on board and also the supplies for the companies on the train which was more or less badly damaged by being torn to pieces and also many were ruined by water from the engine tank. The train, save the wrecked part, backed up to Weimar and remained side tracked for several hours until the officers of the Southern Pacific had cleared away the debris and straightened matters out. The soldiers belonging to Co. F. of the U. S. Infantry regiment and were in command of Major Woodruff commander of the regiment. The remains of the dead solder were interred in on the cemeteries of the city of Columbus.

Colorado Citizen, May 28, 1891

Carter, Charles Etta (Vinson)

Charles Etta (Vinson) Carter, 59, died Oct. 6. 1994.

Born Oct. 19, 1934, the daughter of Raymond L. and Lilia Vinson, she attended Columbus Colored High School and Prairie View A&M University. On Aug. 21, 1961, she married Otis Lee Carter. Mrs. Carter was a school teacher, having taught at Garwood Elementary School, Washington Carver School and Alabama Road Elementary School. She was a member of Little Concord Baptist Church in Wharton where she served as treasurer of mission and was a member of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services were held Oct. 11, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with Rev. Billy Young officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus, was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Limmie Evans, Cleveland Gilcrease, Arthur Banks, A.C. Banks, Roy Johnson, William Wright and John L. Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Little Concord Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband; a sister, Eliza Mae Harris; brother Willie C. Vinson; nephews Derek Vinson and Raymon Bell; uncles Herbert Gilcrease and Robert Vinson; aunts, Ethel Johnson and Daisy Langston; three great-nieces, Janette Vinson, LaQuistha Evans and Angela Bell and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Colorado County Citizen, October 19, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Carter, Charles H.

Chas. H. Carter Passes Away On Thursday Night

Funeral services were being arranged for Chas. H. Carter this Friday morning.  Mr. Carter passed away at 11:30 Thursday night at Laughlin Hospital after an illness of only a few days.

Mrs. Selma Burger of Houston will conduct the services from the Mill Funeral Home at 2:30 o’clock on Saturday afternoon.  Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

Mr. Carter was born  on July 7, 1876 in Coles County, Illinois.  He resided in that state during the early years of his life.  Forty years ago the family moved to Lissie where he engaged in rice farming.  In 1919 they came to Eagle Lake to reside.  During the last years of his life Mr. Carter was engaged as a carpenter here.

He was married on Jan. 15, 1902 in Illinois to Miss Minnie Jane Winnett, who survives him with three children, Mrs. Victor Segelquist of Alvin, Mrs. J. E. Johnston of Highlands and Marion A. Carter of Galveston.  Eight grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Carter was the last remaining member of his family, his parents, three sisters and two brothers having preceeded[sic] him in death.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the Caretr[sic] family in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 21, 1947, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Carter, Charles R.

Suicide.---On Sunday last, about 12 o'clock, Mr. Charles Carter committed suicide at his residence near town, by shooting himself in the head with a six-shooter. He leaves a wife and infant daughter born the day before the commission of the deed. We cannot give any cause for the act. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 4, 1875

Carter, David O'Neal

David O’Neal Carter, Sr.

April 16, 1936 - January 1, 1996

David O'Neal Carter Sr., 59, died at his home in Gladewater, Texas, on Monday, January 1,1996. The son of Sam O'Neal and Florence Mae Roberts Carter, he was born April 16, 1936, in Laurel, Mississippi. In 1957, he married Judith Ann Weaver of Houston. From this union came four children. Dave was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Light David and Lorena Mae Roberts of Eagle Lake. He is survived by two sons, David O'Neal Carter Jr. of Houston and James Gregory and Cindi Carter of Ohio; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mark and Deborah Lynn Carter Franz of Houston, and Charles and Leah Suzanne Carter Comett of Glidden; an aunt, Martha Roberts of Houston; nine grandchildren, Kristopher, Shawn and Amy Franz of Houston, Angela, Amanda and Charlie Comett of Glidden, and Renee, Dawn and Troy Carter of Ohio; and many other relatives, friends and loved ones. Following cremation, Dave's remains will be layed to rest in Eagle Lake at Lakeside Cemetery. A graveside memorial service, under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake, is being planned for a later date. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 11, 1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Carter, Dick

Weimar Locals

Mr. E. D. Carter had the misfortune to lose his little son “Dick” last Saturday. It seems that Mrs. Carter was ill at home, and let the little boy go with the nurse to spend the night in the country. During the night the little fellow (who was addicted to walking in his sleep) left his bed and was found early next morning drowned in the creek which runs near the house. A Coroner’s jury was impanneled [sic] by his Honor C. D. Barnett, which found a verdict in accordance with the above facts. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 30, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Carter, Ed

Eagle Lake, April 29.--Ed Carter was shot in the head and chest Saturday night on the J. W. Thatcher place and instantly killed. Officers are in search of a negro charged with the killing. Both parties are colored. The trouble is said to have been caused by a woman. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 11, 1901, page 3

Carter, Ella

The death of Mrs. Ella Carter, the beloved wife of Mr. H. M. Carter, last Monday afternoon, while not unexpected (she having been very ill for many weeks) was none the less painful and deeply regretted. She was a lady of most lovable disposition, one of the best friends and neighbors anyone could want, and although a victim of that dread destroyer, consumption, she bore up under her sufferings like a martyr, and met her death calmly and with that heroic fortitude such as only the true Christian possesses. She was aware that her death was only a question of a few days, but no soldier ever went forth to battle more bravely, she realizing and knowing that the victory was her's, and that Death to her had no terrors. She leaves a heart broken husband, one daughter and one son, besides a mother, and numerous other relatives. Her remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery Tuesday afternoon, a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites, so feelingly administered by Rev. Nathan Powell, assisted by Rev. T. E. Muse. To the bereaved family, the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Weimar Mercury, December 29, 1900

Carter, George Lee


Lee Carter, aged 19, employed at Ellington Field, was killed yesterday afternoon when he was caught in a ditching machine which he was working. The young man formerly lived at Rock Island, Texas, but came here to work at the aviation camp. When he was caught in the machine his skull was fractured, both legs were broken, an arm was broken and he also had internal injuries, but in this condition lived for four hours. The dying man was brought to St. Joseph’s Infirmary by the Houston Undertaking Company. The boy is at the parlors of that company now awaiting advices from relatives.--Houston Chronicle. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury November 16, 1917, page 7

Carter, Harry Reid

Shot in a Saloon

Columbus, Dec. 25. - Reed Carter was shot and killed here this morning. The shooting occurred in Henry Ilse’s saloon, and as soon as shot Carter ran to the drug store one-half block away, but died in a few minutes near the door of the drug store. A difficulty occurred just previous to the shooting, but the parties were separated, and it was thought the matter was ended. Carter was behind the bar counter and Laake was in front of it when the fatal shot was fired, which took effect in the left part of the back, the ball making its exit near the right breast. Carter immediately ran out of the side door and in the direction of the drug store and two more shots were fired at him, one taking effect in the rear part of the building, the other in the ground outside. Elo Laake was at once arrested by Sheriff Bridge and Constable Hester, and is now in jail. The unfortunate affair is very much regretted, as both parties stand well here. A. H. Carter , father of the deceased, was a member of Hood’s Brigade in the Civil War. --Galveston News Special [Interment in Odd Fellows’ Rest]

Weimar Mercury, December 29, 1906

Express Special: Columbus, Dec 27.—Elo Laake, charged with killing Reed Carter here on the morning of Dec. 25, this morning waived examining trial and was admitted to bail in the sum of $3000, which he readily gave, and was released.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1907

Carter, Horace M.

Death Occurred Tuesday Night--Funeral at Weimar Cemetery Thursday Afternoon.

News was received here early Wednesday morning announcing the death of H. M. Carter, which occurred at Lufkin, Texas, some time Tuesday night, after a long and painful Illness. The body of Mr. Carter will be brought here for burial [Odd Fellows Cemetery], and the funeral will take place Thursday afternoon immediately after the arrival of the 2:35 train from the east. All friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral.

Horace M. Carter lived here for many years, where he was engaged in the livery and hotel business, and afterward cotton weigher. He left here a number of years ago and moved to East Texas, engaging in the lumber business. During the time he lived here he was highly regarded by all. Being of a natural genial disposition, upright and correct In habits, as true as steel to his friends, generous to a fault, he won, the friendship of all, and few men possessed such a large circle of friends as he. His death is deeply. and sincerely deplored by all.

He leaves a widow, one daughter and one son, besides a large circle of relatives and friends, to whom our heartfelt sympathy Is extended.

Weimar Mercury, November 28, 1919, page 1

Carter, John Amstead

Mr. John A. Carter age 78, died last Tuesday morning of a complication of diseases. Mr. Carter was one of the early settlers of this county, made his home on his farm just over the river from the north bridge; was a successful farmer, a deep thinking man, a gallant Confederate veteran, a good citizen, a conscientious, upright man who was true to his friends. --Columbus Citizen. [Interment in Carter Family Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 23, 1909, page 6

Carter, Marcia (Carter)

Mrs. Marcia Carter, One Of Columbus’ Oldest Citizens, Passes Away

Born In Mississippi Eight-Eight Years Age, She Moved To Texas When She Was A Girl Of Seven Years Of Age.

Mrs. Marcia Carter, one of the old and loved citizens of Columbus, passed peacefully away at her home one mile north of that city at 4 o’clock last Friday morning.

She was born in Granado, Mississippi, on July 3, 1845, having died in the 88th year of her age. She was the daughter of John and Margaret Long Carter and came to Texas when she was seven years of age. She was the widow of John A. Carter, who preceded her in death twenty-three years ago, at the age of 79 years.

They had no children of their own, but raised Mrs. W. M. Falen of Eagle Lake and Mrs. E. F. Munford of Yoakum, the latter having returned to Mrs. Carter’s home ten months ago to look after and take care of her.

The funeral service sweet and simple was conducted by Rev. J. E. Morgan, pastor of the Columbus Methodist Church, interment being made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at that place at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon.

In the passing of Mrs. Carter, another of the old and esteemed citizens of Colorado County has answered the final call. She was a gentle, sweet woman, and to Mrs. Falen and Mrs. Munford, whom she raised, was as kind and loving as if she had been their own mother. She lived a life that was beautiful, leaving a memory pure and sweet and an influence for good that can never be lost.

The pallbearers were W. H. Glithero, J. E. Hester, Clemens Schobel, Travis Brooks, Ellis Miller and Mayor O. A. Zumwalt.

Among those from here who attended the funeral were Miss Kate [remainder of paragraph unreadable on the copy I have – jt]

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 4, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Carter, Marian Marie (Hart)

Marian Marie Carter

Marian Marie Carter was born October 20, 1928 to Johnny and Lessie Hart in (Reels Bend) Eagle Lake.

Lessie later married Tom Lee Sutton, a very devoted stepfather to Marian who preceded her in death.

Marian attended E. H. Henry High School in Eagle Lake.

At an early age Marian joined and baptized at Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Marian was faithful and dutiful in serving as secretary for over 20 years.

Marian was employed by Laughlin Hospital until she moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1956.

She was then hired by Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Marian retired from Grant Hospital in the early 1990's.

Marian was .a member of Mt. Vernon Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.

She leaves to cherish a devoted sister, Ruby Sutton of Houston; one aunt, Eunice Sutton of San Diego, a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

She also leaves three longtime friends; Eugene Henry, Narva L. Henry and Elaine Harrison of Eagle Lake.

Funeral sevices[sic] were held Saturday, November i at 12:30 pm. at White Cloud Baptist Church with Obie Rhodes officiating. Interment followed at Rising Star Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 22, 2007, page 4

Carter, Marie


Remains of Marie Carter, Killed In Wreck at Galveston Saturday Night, Brought Here For Burial at Matthews.

Marie Carter, 22, colored, born and reared at Matthews, was killed in an automobile accident on Avenue. P. on the beach in Galveston Saturday night, when the car in which she and another colored woman were riding, collided head-on with another machine.

Two men, occupants of the other car, were arrested, according to the daily newspapers.

In the collision, Marie's head was thrust through the windshield, inflicting severe cuts in the head and throat, resulting in her death from loss of blood. The other woman occupant of the car is still unconscious in a Galveston hospital.

Marie spent her whole life in the Matthews neighborhood, where she was born, until seven years ago, having made her home in Galveston since that time.

The remains were brought to Eagle Lake Tuesday night, burial being made at Matthews [Boykin Cemetery] Wednesday afternoon, under the direction of the Penn Undertaking Company, local colored undertakers.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 2, 1936, page 1

Carter, Mary Frances “Mollie” (Miller) Bray

Post Special: Livingston, May 16.--Mrs. Mollie Carter, formerly of Columbus, Texas, died of cancer this morning at the residence of her sister. Mrs. Jane D. Greer of this place. She had been afflicted with this ailment quite a while, was a native of Mississippi, but moved to Colorado county in her childhood, where she was married and lived until a few years ago, when she moved to Beaumont and remained until the death of her daughter, Miss Susie Carter, about two years ago, since which time, she has lived with her sister at this place.

She leaves surviving her two sisters--Mrs. Greer and Mrs. May, both of this place; a brother, Rev. B, F. Miller of Gaughan, Miss., and a grandson. She has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, about thirteen years. She was 54 yeras[sic] of age.

The remains will be carried to Columbus tomorrow for interment. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 21, 1905, page 1

Carter, Matt

Negro is Fatally Stabbed Sunday

Jugular Severed in First Slash Causes Negro to Bleed to Death a Few Minutes Later.

Matt Carter, negro laborer, was slashed with a knife in the hands of John Wheeler, another Negro, near the colored school in this city last Sunday at about noon. Carter died in a few minutes after the cutting took place. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery.]

Carter and a negro woman drove up [to] the school building and stopped the car. Wheeler, riding a horse, rode up behind the car, dismounted and walked to the side of the car, opening his pocketknife as he went. He reached in and slashed Carter on the side of the neck, severing the jugular vein. Carter started to get out of the car and Wheeler slashed him in the scalp, cutting a deep wound some four our five inches long.

Carter got out of the car and walked about a block before he fell to the ground. A physician was summoned and reached the scene in time to see Carter take his last breath.

Wheeler surrendered to officers and is now in jail.

Carter, Wheeler and the woman had been together during Saturday night and Sunday morning, and the killing is said to have been the outcome of some jealousy which developed during that time.

The Colorado County Citizen, July 24, 1930
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Carter, Nancy


From Deputy Sheriff B. L. Townsend, who was in the city Wednesday morning, we learn that Nancy Carter, a negro woman of the Alleyton community, about 70 years of age, froze to death last Friday night. She had been to the home of a neighbor, and on her return was overcome by the cold or something else, laid down and froze to death. Her dead body was found next morning.

An inquest was held Saturday and verdict returned that she died from exposure or natural causes. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, December 23, 1932, page 1

Carter, Nannie D. (Reviere)

Post Special: Columbus, Dec. 30.-- Robert Goldsmith, Sr., aged 69 years, died at his home in this city shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mrs. A. H. Carter died at the family residence, across the river from town, an hour later. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mr. George S. Wilson died at his home in town after 8 o'clock this morning. [Place of interment unknown]

This makes eight of the old, representative citizens of Columbus who have died since September.

Mr. Goldsmith was of German ancestry, but fought for the South during the civil war and has lived in Columbus most of the time since. He has reared a family of five sons and one daughter, who with Mrs. Goldsmith, survive him

Mrs. Carter was the wife of Mr. Albert H. Carter, who is one of the leading planters of the county.

He fought in Hood's brigade under Lee in the Wilderness. She is survived by her husband and five children.

Mr. Wilson was a native of Kentucky, but a resident of Colorado county the past thirty years. He lately sold a valuable farm north of town and contemplated moving to Houston. Besides his wife he leaves four daughters and two sons.

Weimar Mercury, January 4, 1908, page 1

Carter, Paul M.


Paul M. Carter, 69, of Columbus, passed away May 22 at his residence.

He was born June 7, 1936 to Arthur and Martha McCrary Carter in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He graduated from Smyrna High School in Tennessee and was a member of Bible Baptist Church. He married Jennie Sue Odom April 16, 1986 and worked as a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and son-in-laws, Paula and Stuart Hargis, of Ringold, Ga., Melissa and Ronnie Sisk, of Crowley and Melinda Reese; son, Tony Carter, of Crowley; step-sons, Gene Hathorn, of Livingston, Lesley Harralson, of Natchitoches, La., and Charles and wife, Terri Coutts, of Rapid City, S.D.; step-daughters, Peggy Pence and husband, E.W., of Lafayette, Ga. And Alana Moore, of St. Jo, Mo.; sisters, Betty Smith, of Burleson and Shirley Gates and husband, Raymond, of Smyrna, Tenn.; brother, Jerry Carter and wife, Margaret, of Smyrna, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Lucille Scheulen Carter, of Fort Worth; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and close nephews, Ricky and Mark Gates and Richard J. and Ricky Scheulen.

Funeral services were Friday, May 26, at Bible Baptist Church with the Rev. Joel Rumbaugh and the Rev. Don McCorckle officiating. Interment followed at Ellinger National Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Emil Kiesling, Ken Barnes, Mitch Smith, Ronnie Sisk, Tom Storm, Raymond Gates and Larry Boatright.

Colorado County Citizen, May 31, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Carter, Reed

Reed 'Wedy' or 'Gill' Carter Sr.
March 3, 1928 - August 1, 2003

Reed "Wedy" or "Gill" Carter Sr. was called home by the Lord August 1, 2003 at the River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

Born March 3, 1928 in Wharton County, he was the son of Lee and Josephine Carter.

He attended public school in Vox Populi and confessed to Christ in the later years of his life. He joined New Home Baptist Church in October of 2001 under the leadership of Rev. Kenneth E. Wicks and was a member until his death.

He was united in holy matrimony to Ms. Dorothy L. Johnson on April 1, 1946. They shared their lives together for 57 years. There were many tough times as well as good times, but together they endured it gracefully. Unto this union, six children were born: Reed Jr., Earl Sr., Ollie Mae, Alvin Sr., Audrey G. Sr., Aubrey J. Carter.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; a grandson, Lee Carter; three brothers, Walter, Paul Sr. and Sandy Carter; and three sisters, Jessie L. Greely, Bertha Johnson, and Mattie Carter; and a daughter-in-law Lonetha M. Carter.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Dorothy; four sons, Reed Jr. and Audrey (Jovita) of Garwood, Earl Sr. of Detroit, Michigan, and Alvin Sr. of Columbus; two daughters, Ollie Mae and Aubrey Jean Carter of Garwood; and one sister, Gertrude Craft of El Campo; 10 grandchildren, Angelina Monrovia (Abel) Vuma, Terrence (Tanisha) Carter, Earl Jr., Alvin Jr., Audrey Jr., Trel, Tenisha, JaNae, Jennifer and J. Anthony Carter; 16 great-grandchildren, one he called his secretary, Khadejah; a sister-in-law, Lola M. Montgomery; a brother-in-law, Thessie Johnson (Almana); one very close friend, Bob Williams Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; as well as an adopted daughter, Linda Williams.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 9, at New Home Baptist Church in Garwood with Rev. K. E. Wicks, Pastor, officiating.

Interment followed in Williams Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Johnson Sr., Michael Johnson Sr., Robert Johnson Sr., Oliver Johnson Jr., Curtis Williams Sr., Marvin Bluntson, Robert Greely and E. L. Hill.

Honorary pallbearers were Reed Carter Jr., Earl Carter Sr., Alvin Carter Sr., Alvin Carter Jr. , Audrey Carter Sr., Terence Carter Sr., Audrey Carter Jr., Trel Carter and Abel O. Vuma.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 14, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Carter, Robert


Sheriff John F. Wegenhoft was in the city from Columbus last Friday afternoon and reported to the Mercury a killing that had taken place in that city Friday morning. Two brothers, Will and Robert Carter, colored, and aged about 16 and 19, became involved in a fight in which rocks played a prominent part. Finally Will Carter “lammed” his brother, Robert, on the side of the head with a large rock, with the result that he fell dead. The sheriff placed young Carter in jail to await his examining trial. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 1, 1921, page 1

Carter, Ruth Loray


Ruth Loray Carter, 71, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12 at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following an extended illness.

She was born March 21, 1932 in Winters, and was a resident of Eagle Lake for many years. She owned and operated Carter's Place, better known as "Chick's" in Eagle Lake for 16 years and attended Greater Rising Star Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Thomas Carter Sr. and Christy of Cypress, and Harold Carter of Eagle Lake; brother and sister-in-law, Creston "Bob" and Lucille Cleveland of Eagle Lake; and grandchildren, Thomas Carter Jr. and Sasha Carter both of Grandview, Mo.

Funeral services were conducted Aug.16, from the Greater Rising Star Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. Truman F. Scott Sr., pastor, officiating.

Pianists were Nanny Jo Castle and Hamilton Speaker Jr., soloist were Charles Crowder and Nancy Williams. Interment followed in Rising Star Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Harold Carter, James Lee Parker, Danny Turner, Bobby Turner, Samuel Flowers, Joe Stovall and Ricky White.

Colorado County Citizen, August 20, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

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