J B Carter

8 October, 194625 May, 2019
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JB Carter, known to some as Coach Carter, Mr. Carter, colleague, friend, and mentor. To his family he was the patriarch with titles of Husband, Dad, Father-in-law, and Grandpa. JB was called to Heaven on Saturday, May 25, 2019. With his close friends and family by his side, he entered the glorious Kingdom of God. JB was born October 8, 1946 in Montrose, CO. His parents Cleve and Helen Marchbanks settled in Amarillo, TX when JB was a little boy. Amarillo quickly became their hometown. He graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1965 and continued his education at Amarillo College and West Texas A&M. JB graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education with Minor Degrees in Secondary Education and Physical Education. JB was an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity throughout his college career. After moving to the Houston area, JB completed his Master of Science Degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston Clear Lake. JB knew early in life that his passion was teaching and coaching. In his early career, he worked for multiple school districts including: Amarillo, River Road, Silverton, Frenship, Atlanta, and Pasadena ISD. While coaching at Frenship, JB was the first coach to lead the Basketball team to the District 5-2A championship, Bi-District Championship, and Regional Finals. JB settled at Deer Park ISD where he held various positions including truancy officer, assistant principal at Deepwater Junior High, and eventually decided to return to the classroom teaching high school math. After 27 years of service JB retired from Deer Park ISD in 2005. He could not stay retired and quickly found himself working as an adjunct professor at San Jacinto College Central Campus. Four years ago, JB was given an opportunity to join the staff of First Baptist Christian Academy teaching geometry. JB loved teaching at First Baptist Christian Academy and was greatly honored to be part of the staff at the school. Throughout his working life, JB also taught driver’s education. JB married his soul-mate and best friend, Sandy, on June 15, 1979. For the last 39 years she has been the love of his life leaving 3 weeks shy of their 40th wedding anniversary. In retirement, they traveled to places including Norway, Denmark, England, France, Israel, Mexico, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. They also loved going to Houston Texans football games to support the hometown team. They were active members of South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena. Two years ago, JB’s pride and joy was born, Grayson Carter. Grandpa and Grayson shared a special bond from birth. JB spent hours walking and bouncing his “little man.” Grayson stayed with his grandparents during the first summer of his life. Grayson always wanted his Grandpa to go feed the fish with him, or make him popcorn. JB is survived by his wife Sandy Carter; son Brian (Jill) Carter; grandson Grayson; brother in law Scott (Patty) Mauger; aunts Dorothy Rule, Velva Jo (Daryl) Bond; uncle Leonard (Donna) Marchbanks; favorite cousin Kathy (Howard) McWilliams.


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    Thursday, 30 May , 2019

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25 May 2020

We loved all of the good times we had together eating out, and especially the time we went to the car show. Clarence loved talking about cars with JB. He was always smiling and so pleasant and funny and easygoing. God bless you and your family today! We miss him and we will always remember his wonderful friendship.
Clarence and Patsy Geldmeier

Kathy Jo McWilliams

22 June 2019

JB was always so nice, laid back, and smiling when I saw him. He let few things I know of get him worked up! He took care of his parents, loved his wife and family, and worked hard all his life.
I am proud to be related to him and will know I will see him again. A few years ago I shared a Hymn with JB that he had never heard. He asked for the notes as he liked it so well.

Chief of sinners though I be,
Jesus shed His blood for me;
Died that I might live on high,
Lived that I might never die,
As the branch is to the vine,
I am His, and He is mine.

2. Oh, the height of Jesus' love!
Higher than the heavens above,
Deeper than the depths of sea,
Lasting as eternity.
Love that found me--wondrous thought!--
Found me when I sought Him not.

3. Jesus only can impart
Balm to heal the smitten heart;
Peace that flows from sin forgiven,
Joy that lifts the soul to heaven;
Faith and hope to walk with God
In the way that Enoch trod.

4. Chief of sinner though I be,
Christ is All in all to me;
All my wants to Him are known,
All my sorrows are His own.
Safe with Him from earthly strife,
He sustains the hidden life.

5. O my Savior, help afford
By Thy Spirit and Thy Word!
When my wayward heart would stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.

Sandy and Brian Jill, Grayson
I am praying for your peace and comfort and know that we are all like the flowers of the field that shine then fade to pass away. Enjoy the time we have until we all defeat Death our greatest enemy to enjoy life everlasting.

In Christ,
Kathy Jo McWilliams

Linda Veal McGehee

4 June 2019

I was so sorry to hear about J.B.'s passing. As a young girl, when our parents lived across the street from each other, I hero-worshipped him. I'm sure he found an 8 - 11 year girl shooting him goofy eyes, when he was 15 - 18 a difficult thing to deal with, but he took it in stride. My family left Amarillo and I didn't see him again until I graduated from Okinawa and lived with his parents while going to my first year of college. He was a grown, married man then and I grew to love his family (1st wife, Loretta and their newborn daughter).
Our parents remained good friends for a long, long time. I have never met Sandy or their son - life has a way of friends drifting apart. My condolences to Sandy and her family and to his daughter. It sounds like you had a loving and great life together.

Linda Veal McGehee

Kathy Partridge

3 June 2019

I remembered that J B loved Christmas time when I made goodies for Harold and Michael teachers and they were both lucky enough to have Sandy. He would snack on them on their way to Florida. He also coached Michael in basketball in elementary, and both the boys took drivers ed from him. He was a wonderful person! He will be missed by all!
Kathy Partridge

Cathy Mclean

1 June 2019

Sandy, I was so sorry to hear of JB’s passing. God bless you and give you peace. I will always remember how sweet you both were as a couple. During our days at Deepwater Elementary you never received less than 6 deliveries of flowers per year from your sweet husband. We were always amazed at the way he doted on you! 💐

Terry/Pam Sanders

1 June 2019

We lived next door to J.B. For five years prior to our retirement. J.B was a very nice man and was always smiling. We appreciated the friendship he showed to us during our brief stay on Lonesome Dove Dr.
Terry & Pam Sanders

Linda Harrison

31 May 2019

Oh Sandy, I do know how you feel. JB was a wonderful man and I will forever remember the great times we had running around together! Please, let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your family. Life will be very different for you, but always remember I am here for you day and night. My thoughts and prayers for you and your sweet family. Love you, Linda

Traci Goodwin

31 May 2019

Proverbs 27 talks about how it is better to go to a neighbor nearby than a family member far away. JB was a good neighbor, both literally and metaphorically. Living next door to he and Sandy for the past four years has truly been a great blessing. Our first day here JB and Sandy brought us a huge basket that was full of items we might need BEFORE we unpacked our boxes, such as dish towels, hangers, and much more. Our second day here, JB paid his lawn man to mow our yard too. Day after day, week after week, and year after year, JB and Sandy have extended their neighborly hands of friendship to us. We spent so many fun times in each other’s homes, watching Astros games on our porch, celebrating events, etc. Leon and I are truly blessed to have called JB Carter our neighbor and friend! We will truly miss him!

Dana Milburn

30 May 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know this is a tough time for all of you and I am so sorry.
Mr. Carter touched my son in many ways, his kindness, his understanding, and his love for his students will not be forgotten.
Mr. Carter was a fine man, and a great leader.
God called a great man home, He must have needed another Angel.

Ronny Bennett

29 May 2019

Coach Carter was the reason I made a vocation in education. He made a difference in my life which inspired me to realize the impact an educator and coach can have. Those guys that played at Sam Rayburn in the mid seventies with me can attest to the grueling practices Coach Carter could conduct. We ran more than our bodies realized we could run. I had the good fortune of seeing my mentor a couple of years ago when I officiated one of his games as the coach of First Baptist. I am thankful for that chance meeting because it gave me an opportunity to express my gratitude to him for caring about us for more than our average skills on the court. He responded in his humble way and mentioned by name almost all those guys on our J.V team from 1976 and had very kind words for all of them. Thank you Coach Carter for caring about us.

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