William C. Carter

October 9, 1945April 22, 2013

William C. “Bill” Carter, 67, of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 22, 2013. He and his wife owned and operated Extendlife, Inc.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William C. and Marjorie Carter, Sr.; his father, State Rep. William C. Carter, Jr.; and his mother, Virginia L. Carter.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Vantha; his “grandsons”, Mason and Nicholas Reach (Houston) and several cousins.

Bill was a member of Brainerd United Methodist Church. He attended UTC, CSTCC, Orlando Metro College, the FBI Academy, the U. S. Secret Service Academy, the Chattanooga Police Academy, and the Chattanooga Fire Academy.

He was a past member of Park Lodge 75 of the Knights of Pythias.

Bill was a popular local radio personality in the sixties and seventies known by his many loyal fans as “Wild Bill Carter”. He later served on the Chattanooga Police Department as a detective, the Chattanooga Fire Department as a firefighter/EMT. One of his proudest achievements with the police department was his contribution to the design of the current shield worn by today’s sworn personnel. He, along with Chief Trammel “Skip” Vaughn, re-created the image of the department’s uniforms, marked vehicles, and moto, “Let None Live in Fear” in the mid 1970s.

He was active as a volunteer with the American Heart Association for many years and trained several thousand people in CPR in the area.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 5 to 8 PM and on Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM at the funeral home.

Funeral Services will be at 1 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the funeral home with Rev. Genevieve DeHoog and Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Flaugher officiating.

Burial will follow at Brainerd United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist. 404 South Moore Road.


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, April 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Wayne Young & family

April 27, 2013

Bill was a great friend and co-worker for the last 25 years. He touched many lives and was always there to help when needed. My family offers prayers and support to Vantha in these trying times going forward. God Bless.

Bill Hatchett

April 26, 2013

Im so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Bill Hatchett, Grady Hospital EMS, Atlanta

Craig & Susie Donah

April 26, 2013

Craig thought very highly of Bill and always spoke of the great times they had working together in our world of television. I had the chance to meet Bill at Lee Hope's wedding. In that short time I understood why Craig thought so highly of Bill. Our condolences to his wife and family.

Jane Vach

April 25, 2013

Bill was a childhood friend for many years and we had so many fun times playing together. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Jane Wade Vach

April 25, 2013

Bill was the best! He gave me my start in TV and helped me navigate my way through this crazy business. Every experience together was full of laughter. I was proud to call him my friend. He will be greatly missed by many. My sympathy to Vantha and his family.

Lee Hope

Loretta Harless

April 25, 2013

My favorite memories of Bill involve he as Central High School's in-house DJ. Bill was quite the character and loved by all. If you knew Bill, then you were his friend and his smile never left his face. To Bill's family Central High School will continue to pray for guidance and comfort. May your memories of Bill comfort you and give you strength in the coming days.

American Heart Association

April 25, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

April 25, 2013

Bill was one of the AHA volunteers I worked with. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family. - Harold Kellogg

April 25, 2013

I graduated with Bill,from Central High School, class of '64. He was always very friendly an nice. He will be missed. Frances Lamberth Holcombe

April 24, 2013

Dear Bill was a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him rest in peace friend. Darlene Poole HCEMS