J Vance Carter, 65, of Memphis, TN passed away at the New Year while visiting his sister Beverly Carter in Sugar Land. He was born
in Ballinger, Texas in 1942. His father, J.C. Carter and mother, Beatrice Compton Carter predeceased him in 1995 and 2002 respectively.
His father was a rancher so Vance grew up riding horses and hunting and fishing. He graduated Ballinger High School in 1960 where he excelled in sports. He graduated Texas Tech University in 1964.
He went to work for Kroger immediately and retired in 2004 after 39 years as their distribution manager for several states. He was an excellent and understanding boss who believed in his employees.
Vance was an avid golfer and spent many happy hours as a member of Wyndyke Country Club golfing with his friends. Retirement also gave him more time for golf. He was a “hail fellow well met” and was liked by everyone.
His friends say that the one thing you can say about Vance is that he woke up every morning and did exactly what he wanted to do.
For many years he was active in the Memphis Ski Club and enjoyed skiing all over the world. He played tennis in his younger days also.
He was very intelligent. His high school principal said he had one of the highest IQs in Ballinger High. Recently, since retirement he worked the crossword puzzle every day in ten minutes and was hooked on Sudokus when they became popular.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, his daughter Cassandra, and her husband Kurt Holcomb and his granddaughter Hannah, all of Ballinger. He is also survived by a stepson Allen Cloud of Benton, Ark. and by two step-granddaughters, Jessica and Heather of Dallas. His many friends and
other relatives, including niece Sherry Carter and nephew Michael Fredrickson mourn his passing and will miss his wit and humor.
Services are scheduled for the Memphis Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 with a memorial service. Burial will be in Ballinger, TX on Saturday, January 12, 2008 under the direction of Lange Funeral Home.