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William Alton “Billy” Carter, III

  • Birth 29 Mar 1937 Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 25 Sep 1988 Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 2475

Folk Figure, Businessman. Known for his outlandish public behavior, he was a younger brother of former Georgia Governor and US President Jimmy Carter. After graduating from high school, he attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia but did not complete a degree. He then served four years in the US Marine Corps and after his discharge, he returned to Plains, Georgia to work with his brother in the family business of growing peanuts. In 1972 he purchased a gas and service station in Plains and operated it for most of the 1970s. In 1976 he attempted to enter the political ring when he ran for mayor of Plains but lost the election. In 1977 he endorsed Billy Beer, capitalizing upon his colorful image as a beer-drinking Southern "good ol' boy" that developed in the press when his brother ran for US President. After Billy Beer failed, he was forced to sell his house to settle back taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service. In late 1978 and early 1979, he visited Libya three times with a contingent from Georgia, eventually registering as a foreign agent of the Libyan government and received a $220,000 loan. This led to a US Senate hearing on alleged influence peddling which the press named "Billygate." In the autumn of 1987, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and after receiving unsuccessful treatments for the disease, he died the following year at the age of 51. In 1999 his son, William "Buddy" Carter, published a biography of his father titled "Billy Carter: A Journey Through the Shadows."

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2475
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Alton “Billy” Carter, III (29 Mar 1937–25 Sep 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2475, citing Lebanon Cemetery, Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .