Friday, January 14, 2011

The Latest

Charles Dwayne Carter
November 29, 1939 - October 23, 2011
The 50 Year Club and the Class of 1959 lost a beloved friend Sunday when Charles Carter, age 71, passed away at his home in Mineral Wells, Texas. He was an active member of the club as are his sister and brother-in-law, R. E. and Neta Carter Mason.

Charles was a member of the American Legion, as well as the 50 Year Club. His Class of 1959 were inducted into the club in 2009. The above picture was taken during the class reunion dinner that year. Charles owned and operated Carter Station in Mineral Wells.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at the Southside Church of Christ in Mineral Wells. His burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery in Millsap. His family received visitors from 6:00-8:00 P.M at the Baum Carlock Bumgardner Funeral Home on Tuesday evening.

Charles was the son of Paul and Merdell Rhodes Carter who preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law: Noel and Patsy Carter, sister and brother-in-law: Neta and R. E. Mason, longtime companion: Nancy Hawkins and family, all of Mineral Wells, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Oreta Vincent, and nephew: Ricky Mason.

So many will miss you, Charles. May you rest in peace.

In memory of Ricky
1955 - 2006
Walk to Defeat ALS
Our son, Ricky Mason, lost his battle with this horrible disease, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, May 24, 2006, at the age of fifty, leaving two beautiful daughters, ages ten and nine at the time.  It was in his memory that every member of our family, except one - nineteen of us - participated  in the Fort Worth Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.  R. E. had called Ricky "Highpockets" from the time he could walk, and that is what his girls chose for the team's name.
Members of his graduating Class of 1974 and close friends of ours joined the team and walked with us. Since our team raised more money for ALS than any other team there  - $8,903 - Ricky's daughters, Carter & Bailey, got to cut the ribbon and our team led off the walk. 
It was such a great day for such a great cause!
Neta Mason

Fort Worth Walk to Defeat ALS "Highpockets" team, digital format belonging to Neta Mason and sent to Judith Richards Shubert October 22, 2011

Yvonne Smith Vaughan
MWHS Class of 1947
2011 Coming Home Queen
Escorted by Husband Bob Vaughan

Vaughan, Yvonne Smith, Digital Format, original taken and owned by Judith Richards Shubert,
September 2011