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Birth: Mar. 1, 1926
Canadian County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 1997
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Roy Carter, 71, leader of award-winning country gospel band Chuck Wagon Gang

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Roy Carter, 71, leader of the Chuck Wagon Gang, a country gospel quartet begun in the 1930's, died Monday afternoon in a Fort Worth hospital.

Mr. Carter was born March 1, 1926, in Calumet, Okla., and he and his wife of 53 years, Thada Smart Carter, spent retirement days at their North Richland Hills home and at a farm near Morgan in Bosque County.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Richland Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, with interment at Birdville Cemetery in Haltom City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Shannon Funeral Chapel, 6001 Rufe Snow Drive in North Richland Hills.

Mr. Carter taught history and government for 28 years in the Birdville school district and began singing during the summers with the Chuck Wagon Gang in 1953 after the death of his brother, Jim, a member of the original quartet.

After winning national country gospel singing awards, the group disbanded in 1995 after a performance at Johnnie High's Country Music Reveu in Arlington. The group was the first to record "I'll Fly Away", one of its most popular songs, which it sang at the Johnnie High show.

Mr. Carter's parents, D. P. "Dad" and Carrie Carter, and their nine children lived on farms in Oklahoma and West Texas and would sing together in the yard every evening while they rested from farm chores.

In 1935, Dad Carter and three of his children, Anna, Rose and Jim, began singing on radio station WYFO in Lubbock for about $15 a week. Within a year they moved to WBAP in Fort Worth, where they sang for a show sponsored by the Bewley Mills company. Their living room contained sacks of fan mail.

Mr. Carter said in interviews that they always tried to replace group members with family members.

"Since most of the members have been from the same family, the unmistakable sound of the Chuck Wagon Gang has been the same," Mr. Carter said. "This sibling harmony has long been the signature of the group's sound."

Memorial donations may be made to Christ's Haven for Children in Keller or to Kopperl Church of Christ in Kopperl, where Mr. Carter led singing.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Sherron Martin of Austin and Shirley Cole of Edmond, Okla.; four sisters, Anna Davis of Baton Rouge, La., Ann Everett of Watauga, Ruth Ellen Yates of Aledo and Betty Goodwin of Richland Hills; and two brothers, Clell Carter of Brandon and Clyde Carter of Bedford; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
(Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997)
Family links: 
  David Parker Carter (1889 - 1963)
  Carrie Mabel Brooks Carter (1891 - 1984)
  Thada Ruth Smart Carter (1926 - 2002)
  Ernest Ray Carter (1910 - 1971)*
  Clellon Arthur Carter (1913 - 2000)*
  Rosa Lola Carter Karnes (1914 - 1997)*
  Effie Juanita Carter Davis (1917 - 2004)*
  Effie Juanita Carter Davis (1917 - 2004)*
  Clyde Edward Carter (1919 - 2010)*
  Carrie Anna Carter Everett (1921 - 2010)*
  Ruth Ellen Carter Yates (1924 - 2015)*
  Roy David Carter (1926 - 1997)
*Calculated relationship
Birdville Cemetery
Haltom City
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: D Watson
Originally Created by: Brad Murphey
Record added: Mar 20, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13684774
Roy David Carter
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Roy David Carter
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Your music brightened my life. God bless you.
- Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 10, 2009
Remembering you at this holiday season. You were a great history teacher!
- Denise Jones
 Added: Dec. 28, 2008

- Debbie Gibbons
 Added: Sep. 25, 2007

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