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Van Alstyne Leader
Thursday, June 11, 1925

Charles E. Carter Dies at Dallas;
Fatally Injured When Struck By Auto

Standing at the bier of Julius Caesar Marc Antony uttered the words: "He was my friend; faithful and just to me." With the memory of the death and burial of Chas. E. Carter fresh in their minds, the people of this community might with truth pluralize the pronouns in Antony's utterance and apply it to Chas. E. Carter.
There was probably no man in this immediate community who more fully appreciated values as expressed in terms of humanity than did Chas. E. Carter.
There was probably no man in this immediate community who more fully appreciated values as expressed in terms of humanity than did Chas. E. Carter; there certainly was no man with vision more keen and impulses more progressive in their relation to the welfare of the people of Van Alstyne than he. And, in the practical application of his theories and the effort to make of his visions living realities, no man got more out of life than did Mr. Carter. In his passing, the religious, the civic, and the purely human side of the community life has lost a zealous and a most worthy exponent. 
During the more than 50 years of his religious life, the Baptist church and the promotion of the welfare of the Baptist denomination became almost an obsession with him. The lot, upon which the present magnificent house of worship for Baptists of Van Alstyne stands, was a gift from him. He did his part in the financing of the movement as a result of which the structure was erected, and within the past year, in the campaign to pay off the balance of the indebtedness on the building; his liberality went far toward making the achievement of that goal possible. Later, when it was decided to improve the drainage of the church lot and to install modern appliances in the basement, Mr. Carter was one of the most active in pushing the improvements to completion. "It is for the children of this and the next generation," he would say, in talking about these matters. Nor was his liberality confined to his own faith. For whenever there was a call from either of the other churches, a contribution from C. E. Carter was assured. Sometimes, he did not wait to be asked, but volunteered in making a donation, saying as he did so: "I want to hold an interest in all of the churches.
When the death angel bore beyond the vale the spirit of C. E. Carter, the work for God and his church in this community, lost an advocate, a benefactor, and a strong friend.
As a business man, Mr. Carter foresaw years ago the possibilities of real estate ownership in Van Alstyne with the result that he acquired from time to time holdings which today, in their value and in their desirability justify the faith which inspired their original purchase.The same keen business judgment used in his purchases in Van Alstyne enabled Mr. Carter to accumulate, as well, real estate holdings of value in the city of Dallas.
In 1899 Mr. Carter became a member of the Mantua Lodge, NO. 209, A.F.&A.M., of Van Alstyne, and until his death typified in every act and every deed the principles of Masonry. In their correlation and as applied to his conceptions of the duty of a professing Christian, his was an example at all times most worthy and inspiring.
His family life was most beautiful.To his daughter, Mrs. L. Umphress, with whom he made his home, and his grandson and namesake, Carter Umphress, he was at once the devoted father, the affectionate friend, and the constant companion.

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