Memorial Services for James D. Carter, 90, of Tyler, will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 1:00 PM at Pollard United Methodist Church with Rev. Stephen Rhoads and his grandson Dr. Randy Carter officiating under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Carter passed away Sunday, January 10, 2016, in Tyler.
He was born October 30, 1925, in Coolidge, Texas to Gus and Lula Belle Day Carter.
Service and education were extremely important to James. He came from the humblest of beginnings, raised on a farm in Coolidge, Texas and graduated from Hubbard High School. He met Polly Ralson, the love of his life, at Luby’s in Dallas in mid 1943. He served as a Radio Man on the US Navy LST #487 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. James married Polly in January of 1946. He attended Southern Methodist University for a short time. James began his career at Humble Pipeline Company, and retired in 1985 from ExxonMobil after 40 years of service. He was past Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and a little league baseball coach. These were some of his many contributions to the community. James and Polly moved to Tyler in 1993 to be near family, where he volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Salvation Army.
James was a member of Pollard United Methodist Church where he was an usher. He held many leadership roles in the Methodist Church during his lifetime.
James was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of 70 years, Polly Carter of Tyler; daughter, Lois Marie Meeks and husband Dan of Wimberly; son David W. Carter and wife Mary Ann of Spring Branch, Texas, Ed Carter and wife Cheryl of Houston, Robert L. Carter and wife Tina of Crosbyton, Texas; grandchildren, Randy Carter, Ryan Carter, Kelly Harkins, Kelly Goddard, Matthew Carter, Trent Carter, Christine Carter, Brandi Carter and Shauna Beth Carter; sixteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
If desired, memorials may be made to Salvation Army, 633 N. Broadway, Tyler, 75702 or .