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Herbert Eugene Carter
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Birth: Jan. 20, 1929
Cherokee County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Dec. 30, 2009

Tahlequah, OK-Herbert Eugene Carter was born on Jan. 20, 1929, south of Cookson. He was the only son of Richard (Dick) and Maggie Ballew Carter. He attended and graduated from Tahlequah High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17. Soon thereafter, the young "Okie" was patrolling the piers of Seattle, Wash. It was the first of many military assignments as he traveled across the U.S. and the world throughout his 21 years of service to his country. Noted among his accomplishments: two tours of duty in Korea; three years in Germany; two years at Fort Sill; two years at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., achieving in the highest rank for a noncom, first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Herb met and married Elizabeth Dotson in 1951, and together they had four sons: Richard Eugene, William Herbert, David Joel and Dennis Ray Carter. After Elizabeth passed in 1957, Herb then met and married Juanita Jackson while stationed at Fort Chaffee, Ark. Herb and Juanita added daughters Karen Lee and Pamela Kay to the existing "Carter Tribe," completing the family. Following his 1969 retirement from the armed forces, he became the postmaster, first at Cookson then Park Hill. The family settled in the Pettit Bay area on Lake Tenkiller, where he resided for the remainder of his years. After moving to the farm, commitment to family increased as he remained loyal to assisting his parents in all aspects of their lives until their passing as well as successfully raising six children of his own. A second retirement from the federal government provided him and Juanita time to devote to their beloved quarterhorses and managing a successful business, H and J Running Horses with five horses currently remaining on the property enjoying blissful retirement.Noted among his civilian accomplishments are: service with the American Legion Post 135, community service as school board president for Keys Schools, and service on the board of Pettit Bay Cemetery. As a spiritual person he maintained his faith in the Lord throughout his life; his family recognized and respected his belief that his karma overrode the dogma of religion. His devotion to Sooner football was legendary, threatening banishment of the Oklahoma State fans and students in the family. Equally passionate about his love of Ford vehicles, members of the family who owned anything else never heard the end of it. His life stories and legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The home place continues to pull family members together in fond remembrance of good times, struggles, sacrifice and endurance. It will remain representative of the Carter life. He is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth, his wife Juanita, and eldest son Richard. He is survived by five children: William (Bill), David and wife Yvonne, Dennis and wife Brenda, Karen, Pam and husband Tony; as well as five grandchildren, Richard his wife Jennifer, Derek, Keith his fiancÚ Amanda Sloan, Amanda and husband Chris and T.O.; and four great-grandchildren Seneca, Tyler, Whitley and Richard Troy. Green Country Funeral Home.
Published in the Tahlequah Daily Press from 1/4/2010 - 1/5/2010 
Family links: 
  Richard D. Carter (1909 - 1993)
  Maggie L. Carter (1909 - 1997)
Pettit Cemetery
Cherokee County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Dec 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 46201465
Herbert Eugene Carter
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