The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 25, 2013

Billy Carter

The News Courier

— Billy Wayne Carter, beloved husband, father, friend, neighbor, and Emmaus brother, died on Thursday, June 20, 2013.  Billy passed away suddenly with his wife of 50 years by his side.

Billy lived in Athens since 1985, where he was a member of First Baptist Church as well as a community member of the New Covenant Emmaus Walk.

After earning an electrical engineering degree from NC State College, he served in the Army at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska when he and his wife were newlyweds. He was born in Wilson, N.C., on Jan. 25, 1940, and grew up working in the tobacco fields with his relatives. He was the valedictorian of Middlesex High School in 1957.

He was the chief of Systems Engineering Division for the Missile Defense Agency X-Band Radar Program Office. He and his family lived in Fairbanks, Alaska; Huntsville; Kwajalein, Marshall Islands; Crownsville, Md.; and then made Athens their home.  As a young engineer, he worked first with Redstone Arsenal and later Kentron of Hawaii LTD in Huntsville. Kentron later sent him and his young family all the way to Kwajalein Island in the Pacific Ocean as one of their many adventures.

Retired since summer 2006, Billy spent his days reading; gardening; working on “classic” cars; tending horses, cats and chickens; providing technical support in person to Denise and moral support by phone to Heather; and sharing all life’s adventures with his “Sweet Wife” Margaret. He also attended Men’s Bible Study Fellowship in Huntsville and enjoyed an occasional lunch with retired colleagues. A lifelong subscriber of National Geographic, he learned something new every day.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; and daughters, Denise of Athens and Heather of Washington, D.C.  Services will be held Wednesday, June 26, in the First Baptist Church chapel. Visitation is at 2 p.m.  A Memorial and Sharing Service is at 3. A Committal Service at Bottom Cemetery (Oakdale Cemetery) on Alabama 251 will immediately follow.  It is requested by the family that flowers not be sent; donations may be sent to a charity to be named at the service.