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Jimmy Carter

March 12, 1936 ~ March 15, 2018 (age 82)

Jimmy Carter of Auburn, Alabama, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, March 15, 2018, following a brief illness after celebrating his 82nd birthday.  Mr. Carter was born on March 12, 1936 to William Anderson Carter and Mattie Irene Dyess Carter in Tennille, Alabama.  He was raised on his family farm, Carter Farms, in Brundidge, Alabama. 

Upon graduating from high school in Pike County, Alabama, Mr. Carter joined the United States Navy.  Mr. Carter was honorably discharged on January 12, 1962 after serving overseas as a Radioman 2nd Class (RM2).  After serving his country, Mr. Carter received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Auburn University.  While attending Auburn University, he met his beautiful bride, Mrs. Martha Ann Humphrey Carter.  They were married in Auburn, Alabama, in 1965.

After graduating from Auburn University, Mr. Carter taught Agricultural Education at Hale County High School in Moundville, Alabama, and Samson High School in Samson, Alabama.  He later owned his own company, Carter Cotton Consulting Service, where he spent the majority of his professional career as an Agricultural Consultant in Andalusia, Alabama.

An avid Auburn University sports fan, Mr. Carter and Martha Ann returned to live in Auburn after their retirement.   This allowed them many years of enjoyment attending athletic events and supporting their favorite team at home games and traveling with their team as lifetime members of the Auburn Alumni Association.

Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, five sisters, and two nephews, Johnny Thompson and Sammy Carter.  Mr. Carter helped raise Sammy after his father passed away at a young age.  One of thirteen siblings, Mr. Carter was blessed with a long life of love and celebration along with the loss of his beloved family members.

Mr. Carter is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Martha Ann Carter, affectionately known as Bo.  He is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Hilton Carter of Brundidge, Alabama; Max Carter of Phenix City, Alabama; Billy (Joan) Carter of Deatsville, Alabama; and Meritta (Gerald) Findley of Gainesville, Florida.  Remaining surviving family members include a host of nephews and nieces who he loved as his own children.

The family would like to offer a special acknowledgement of gratitude to their caregivers, Home Instead Senior Care, who have cared for them as extended family.  A special thank you is also bestowed upon his breakfast family at Byron’s Smokehouse.

Services celebrating Mr. Carter’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the morning at Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, Alabama.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The family respectfully declines the gift of flowers.  For those choosing to donate, a gift of remembrance may be sent to Bright Beginnings Preschool and Family Life Center, 602 Seegers Street, Andalusia Alabama  36420.  Having been instrumental in creating the preschool and family center for the Andalusia Housing Authority, the preschool and family center is dear to their hearts.

Jeffcoat-Trant funeral Home directing.

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