James Quinton Carter
James Quinton Carter
  • July 8, 1927 - December 24, 2017
  • Reno, Texas

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James Quinton Carter Jr. was born to Quinton and Fannie Carter on July 8, 1927, in Ozona, Texas. Quinton Carter was a cattle rancher and skilled carpenter. When James, or “J.Q.” was two and one half, his most beloved sister, Jody Decker, joined him. These two have shared a special bond all their lives. As a young man, James went through schools in Abilene, Texas, and then to Abilene Christian College. WWII interrupted his education where he served in the army. As war ended, James was sent to Guam to oversee Japanese prisoners and assisted in rebuilding infrastructure and a canal.

James completed his education at Texas Tech University where he found the true love of his life, Wynetta Ellis McLaughlin. They were very active in the Bible Chair and built strong friendships. On September 17, 1951, Wynetta and James began their 66-year journey together in marriage. They held their vows sacred.

Their first home was on a small ranch outside Valley Mills, Texas. They had three children: Karen, Melanie and Lyle. Drought hit in these years and times were very hard. It helped greatly that James and Wynetta raised cattle and had a big garden. Wynetta made the clothes and James was an accomplished handy man. Together they were the king and queen of “making do.”

Next, James sold his ranch and began teaching. Two years were spent at Gatesville Jr. High, and one year he taught at Mountain View State School.

However, the love of the land called him back, and James moved his family to Paris, Texas. He raised cattle and enjoyed ranching and fishing. He also learned of a need for a substitute preacher at a small country church in Direct, Texas. He was quickly asked to be their permanent minister. As his children went to college, he sold his beloved ranch for the needed funds. He then began preaching full-time for the Kirbyville Church of Christ. Once retired from preaching, he served as an elder of the League Street Church of Christ in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Ranching called him once more, and James and Wynetta moved to their new place near Rattan, Oklahoma. He ranched there until he was 74. For their final home, James and Wynetta returned to Paris where he resided for the past 16 years.

James’ life was based on Biblical principles. A verse he often quoted was Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

He firmly believed in the Biblical concept of stewardship. While today’s world glamorizes wealth, he always admired those “who did the best they could using what they were given.” One of his neighbors lived in a very small, modest home, but it was always neat and well kept. While other people would just see a little house, James would specifically point out that his neighbor was a good steward of what he had been given. He didn’t measure a person by what they had, but rather by “what they did with what they had.”

James considered his family as his legacy and his crowning achievement. He was most proud and comforted by the knowledge that all his children had chosen to serve God. Nothing meant more to him than to see his grandchildren baptized into Christ.

Finally, James’ life epitomized service to God. He began as a young man teaching Bible classes year round. He was a gifted teacher and talented song leader. James later continued his service as a deacon and elder. He did home Bible studies and conducted church camps. He has fond memories of working with disadvantaged youth in New York City. Recently, after many decades, a former camper searched him out to let him know of the great impact that his teaching had on his life.

James also did many jobs behind the scenes at church facilities such as planting flowers, performing maintenance, and cleaning. He did immense amounts of personal work – home Bible studies, visiting the sick, mowing lawns, doing handy work for widows, and sharing resources when needed. He unselfishly gave of himself.

James was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Wynetta Carter, and by his sister Jody Decker. James is also survived by three children: Karen Carter of Dallas, Melanie Wissel and her husband David of Houston, and Lyle Carter and his wife Katherine of Dallas. His three grandchildren include Jared Wissel of Houston, Jessica Barton and her husband Eric of Houston, and Cash Carter of Dallas.

The family has scheduled memorial services for 2:00 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 30th, at College Church of Christ, 1030 24th S. E. Street, Paris, Texas 75460 with Bro. Nolan Butler officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. At a later date, inurnment will be made at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Cremation was under the care and direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.