Published on March 4, 2014 by William Nunnelley  

Dr. John T. Carter, who served on the faculty of Samford University's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education for 31 years, died Sunday, March 2, in Birmingham.  He was 92.

Dr. Carter joined the Samford faculty in 1956 and served until his retirement in 1987.  He was dean of the education school from 1980 until 1986.

A native of Newton, Miss., Carter held a bachelor of science degree from the Mississippi State University, master of science from the University of Tennessee and doctor of education from the University of Illinois.

He taught at Wood Junior College and Clarke Memorial Junior College in Mississippi prior to joining the Samford faculty.

Over the years, he and his wife, Dr. Frances Carter, supported education school programs by funding scholarships and sponsoring the Young Authors Conference held annually at the school.  Dr. Frances Carter also taught for many years in the education school.

John Carter was a veteran of World War II, having served as a paratrooper in the North African and European theaters of combat.  He was awarded five battle stars and a bronze arrowhead for his service.  He was also a licensed pilot and was active in the Civil Air Patrol.

A celebration service of Carter's life will be held Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dawson Memorial Baptist in Homewood.  In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be sent to the John and Frances Carter Scholarship Fund at Samford.

Carter is survived by his wife, Frances; their son, John Wayne Carter; their daughter, Frankye Nell Carter Branum; and eight grandchildren.