OBITUARY

Robert Cartrett

January 9, 1935November 23, 2021
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Robert “Bob” W. Cartrett, 86, passed away Tuesday November 23, 2021, at Gadsden Health and Rehab Care in Gadsden, Alabama. Mr. Cartrett is survived by his wife of 59 ½ years Amelia “Millie” McCartney Cartrett, his two sons, Chris and Craig, daughters-in-law, Shannon and Joy, and four grandchildren, Keely (with whom he made Tik Toks), Jake, Chase and Sam, whom all affectionately called him “Pappa Bob.”

Other than the love he had for his family, Mr. Cartrett was most known for his unsurpassed teaching ability and expertise as a pitching coach. He lent his expertise to many young men throughout Etowah County through the years at all levels, including the pros. The bullpen at Etowah High School was dedicated to Coach “Bob” Cartrett in 2018 in appreciation for his many years of service. His youngest grandson, Sam Cartrett, said, “My Grandpa taught me the mechanics of how to pitch. He taught me how to hold my knee up and stay balanced and how to grip a fastball, a curve ball and a change up properly. I’m going to miss Pappa Bob.”

Mr. Cartrett was born in Augusta, GA on January 9, 1935, to the late Elton and Laurie Pharis Cartrett. Mr. Cartrett was a graduate of Boys Catholic High School in Augusta, signed a scholarship to play football at Clemson College and then entered the United States Navy where he served four years during the Korean War. After his service, he attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he met his wife, Millie. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science from UT Martin, he became a graduate assistant at Memphis State University where he received his Master of Arts degree. While in Memphis, he began his teaching and coaching career at Treadwell High School, where he was the head baseball coach and assistant football coach. He then attended the University of Alabama -Birmingham, where he received an Advanced Study in Education degree and also took the position as head football coach at West End High School in Walnut Grove, Alabama. While at West End, the Patriots brought home the Birmingham Post Herald 2A State Football Championship. He served as principal at West End and then became the principal at Etowah High School. While at Etowah he served as the baseball pitching coach, and during that time the Blue Devils brought home two State Championships. He finished his career in education with the Attalla City Board of Education as Assistant Superintendent where he retired in 1996. He continued coaching baseball at Westbrook Christian School, as well as working with individual athletes. He was a lifelong United Methodist and a member of Attalla First Methodist for 40 years and a member the last 15 years at Christ Central Church in Rainbow City. He was preceded in death by brothers, EL Cartrett Jr, James Wilbert Cartrett, Emory Pharris Cartrett, Lawrence L. Cartrett and E. Lamont Cartrett

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 26 at Christ Central Church, 409 West Grand Avenue, Rainbow City, Alabama 35906. Reverend Kevin Asbury will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Attalla. Due to Covid protocols there will be no visitation and social distancing will be observed. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Christ Central Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

Pallbearers: Jake Cartrett Chase Cartrett Sam Cartrett Cade Runyan Tommy Runyan Jonathan Sabat

Honorary Pallbearers: Blaine Clayton Barry Clayton Dr. William D. Clark Howard Malone Larry Foster Matt Kennedy

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 26, 2021

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Vance Roberson

November 28, 2021

Dear Family,
We were so saddened to hear the news about Mr/Coach Cartrett and wanted to extend our condolences on behalf of our family.
Mom thought the world of Bob & Millie..from their teaching days at Etowah HS & they had remained dear friends through the years. It is very apparent why Mom respected him so much, as he was a man of principle, conviction, courage, sacrifice, strength, duty & honor!
We know the hurt & loss that you are feeling now..we pray that all of your many memories and your faith will help sustain you & encourage you in the days to come. We grieve with you and pray that you will feel God’s peace, comfort, & love during these days.
With deepest sympathy,
Betty Roberson Thomas Family,
Vance/Remona Roberson
Denise/Steve Bryant
Marsha/Eric Tucker
John/Martha Roberson

Darren Bailey

November 26, 2021

I didn’t find out in time to make plans to make the service and I’m so very sorry.I’ve always called him Coach Cartreet. He was such an amazing man that had great influence in my life growing up. He was my pee wee football Coach , principal and friend. To anyone that knew him he was such a blessing. Coach always treated me like a son and I’m so thankful and blessed for having his influence in my life. His son Chris was my Qb and dear friend that I haven’t seen since high school. Chris if you see this, I love you my friend and may God’s peace, comfort and love be with you & your family. My mom passed 11/13/20 and just remember, it’s not goodbye. It’s a “I’ll see you again soon”! What a day that will be !

Dennis Leverton

November 26, 2021

Sharion and I have been neighbors for over 40 years. We are so fortunate to have known all of you all these years. God bless Millie, Craig, Chris, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren you're always in our prayers. Dennis and sharion Leverton

Ryan Carter

November 26, 2021

Coach Cartrett was a great mentor, coach, and most of all a great Christian man. Coach Cartrett taught me so much about the game of baseball as well as life lessons. He took me up under his wing and taught me everything I needed to know about coaching and mentoring young men on and off the field. I was blessed to not only have the opportunity to play for him, but coach with him as well. Coach and Millie have watched my children grow and we are going to miss him greatly. We love you and your going to be missed.
Ryan Carter

Don Jenkins

November 24, 2021

My father passed when I was young and baseball was key to keeping my life on a good path. As a pitcher, Coach Cartrett was a huge part of that. So much more than just the mechanics of pitching, I knew he cared. No words can express the impact Coach Foster and Coach Cartrett had on my life. Forever loved and fondly remembered by myself and every member of the ‘96 5A State Championship team.

And thank you to Coach’s family that shared him and allowed him to have such a positive impact on so many young lives.

Irene Hopper

November 24, 2021

My sincere condolences to this family, Millie, Chris, Craig, Daughter-in-laws and Grandchildren. Mr. Cartrett was the kind of principal I would like to have had as a high school student. Treasure your memories always.
Delvin and Irene Hopper

Grant Campbell

November 23, 2021

Coach Cartrett was a great coach to myself and my classmates at Westbrook. He was a great role model for all of us and taught us much more than the game of baseball. He taught us how to work hard, to believe in ourselves, and how to become men. I will never forget our run to the state finals in 2013.

William Bentley

November 23, 2021

With all of that being stated. Mr. Cartrett was my high school Principal and he was a good man. I will miss him.

Larry Foster

November 23, 2021

Great mentor to me, Great influence on young men, Great Coach. Etowah Baseball was great for over 20 years because his willingness to give of himself to our athletes and our coaches. Mrs Cartrett, Chris, Craig, I cannot put into words what he meant to me and my family. I thank God that he let him pass my way. Thanks Coach.

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