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Curtis Carter

January 25, 1925 — January 22, 2018

Services for retired Staff Sgt. Curtis Carnell Carter, 92, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen with the Rev. Harry Thrasher officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Killeen Memorial Park.

Mr. Carter died Jan. 22, 2018, at a Temple hospital. He was born Jan. 25, 1925, to Oscar C. Carter and Jennie Bell Leonard Carter of Garnett, Ark.

Mr. Carter entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 4, 1944, in Little Rock, Ark., and remained in for more than 30 years that also spanned three wars.

He was a prisoner of war (POW) in World War II and was confined to Stalag 2B in Germany for some seven months. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

His service medals include the Combat Infantry Man Badge with two stars (three awards). He earned the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal with clasp, Silver, one loop, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, and the Army Sharpshooter (Rifle) Badge, plus numerous superior performance citations and commendations.

Mr. Carter married the love of his life, Sallie Lou Cates, of Hampton, Ark., on June 15, 1946, in Dumas, Desha County, Ark. She preceded him in death after 52 years of marriage.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Jack Carter, Lawrence Carter, Homer Carter, Odis Carter, and Wayne Carter; and three sisters, Lizzie Carter White, Maudie Carter White, and Fannie Carter Turner.

He leaves to cherish his memory three children, W.R. Butch Carter and wife Ann of Garland, Deborah Carter Northam and husband Jack of Belton, and Shirley Carter Moore and husband Carl of Belton; five grandchildren, William Yarnell, Shelley Doyle, Shana Carter, Timothy Moore, and Laura Carter; and four great-grandchildren.

He also leaves one sister, Ollie Carter Miller, of Dumas, Ark., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.


HarperTalasek Chapel
506 N. 38th Street
Killeen, TX  76543
Friday, January 26, 2018
9-10 a.m.



HarperTalasek Funeral Home
506 N 38th St
Killeen, TX  76543
Friday, January 26, 2018
10:00 a.m.


Killeen Memorial Park
3600 Lake Rd.
Killeen, TX  76543
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