Jimmie Dale Carter, or Dale, as most knew him, was born in Roby, Texas, on December 26th, 1927, to George Hutchings Carter and Josephine Hodges Carter.
Jimmie Dale Carter, or Dale, as most knew him, was born in Roby, Texas, on December 26th, 1927, to George Hutchings Carter and Josephine Hodges Carter. On a quiet Sunday morning, on January 28, 2018, at a moment when he would normally be having his quiet time with his Bible and his Lord, the Lord called him home.
He was a quiet man, but set a powerful example.
Like many in his generation, he grew up in the Great Depression, and when World War II came along, after a semester at Texas Tech University, he enlisted in the Navy.
After his service, he finished his degree in Animal Husbandry. He became a high school ag teacher in Claude, Texas, and later in Petersburg, Texas. Over this time, Dale felt the Lord calling him to be a missionary. When he met his future wife, Birdie Sue Worthington, at his brother Forrest’s wedding, he found that she was thinking the same. And so their wonderful journey began: they got married, attended seminary at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and were appointed missionaries to Brazil by the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board in 1957. Interestingly, the Mission was looking for someone exactly like him: someone with an agricultural background to provide support to a Baptist school in Corrente, in the state of Piaui. There has never been a more perfect match for a job. The Instituto Batista Correntino, or IBC, had farms that were used to support the school; he was tasked with running the farms and using his agricultural education background to teach better agricultural practices. It was difficult, as Corrente was very isolated, but this did not deter him. Confronted with the extreme poverty of the area, he felt he needed to satisfy their physiological hunger before meeting their spiritual needs, offering them hope not only for life after death, but also for dignity for life before death. Thus, he spearheaded many food for work projects and also brought with him many new farming techniques and ideas to help the area. But to be honest, the greatest testimonial about him is the love that the people in that community have for him. Many tears were shed when he and Birdie Sue retired, leaving Corrente, as well as many lifelong friends, in 1993. And you can be certain that many more were shed when he went home to be with his Lord on that quiet Sunday morning.
Combati o bom combate, acabei a carreira, guardei a fé. Desde agora, a coroa da justiça me está guardada, a qual o Senhor, justo juiz, me dará naquele dia; e não somente a mim, mas também a todos os que amarem a sua vinda. (I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.) 2 Timothy 4, verses 7 and 8.
Dale Carter is survived by his wife, Birdie Sue Worthington Carter; his brother, Forrest Carter; by his children and their families: Timothy Dale and Ivonete Carter, and their sons Joshua and Nicholas; Rebecca and Walter Macedo, and their children Thais, Christian, and Danielle and her husband Daniel Bueso; Joel and Renee Carter, and their children Lily, Noah and Eli; and Jonathan and Joana Carter, and their daughters Leydjenne and Ashley; by his many missionary family members; and by his many friends and colleagues in Brazil. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Josephine, and his brothers, George and Don.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd., Abilene, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, February 2nd, at the First Baptist Church of Abilene, Sanctuary with Dr. Phil Christopher officiating. Burial will follow at 1:00PM at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene.
In lieu of flowers, please give an offering to the Baptist School in Corrente (IBC) through the First Baptist Church of Abilene, Texas.
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