James (Jim) E. Carter, 85, of St. Paul, died at 6:55 p.m., Mon., Dec. 27, 2010 at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.

James (Jim) E. Carter, 85, of St. Paul, died at 6:55 p.m., Mon., Dec. 27, 2010 at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.

He was born Sept. 20, 1925 at St. Paul, a son of Dell and Alice (Sheffer) Carter.  He was raised in St. Paul and attended school there.  After graduating from St. Paul Public School at the age of 16, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on May 18, 1942.  He fought in major campaigns in the Pacific during W.W. II, and returned home in 1946.

 On Sept. 3, 1947 he and Charlotte Smith were united in marriage at St. Paul.  After returning home Jim worked for several companies and was later self employed before starting his own business, Hardwood Products in 1958.  In 1978 he started Industrial Crating in Thayer and later established the Farm Store in Thayer.
   
 He was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church at St. Paul.   During the 1960’s and 1970’s he was actively involved as Mayor in the community and implemented various projects within the city.  He was politically active in the Republican Party, serving as Neosho County Chairman for several years.  His interests included politics, animals, gardening and spending time with his family.  

Survivors include: his wife, Charlotte Carter, of Pittsburg; two sons, Jamie Carter and his wife Pam of Parsons, and Chris Carter and his wife Miriam of St. Paul; four daughters, Pam Dent of Arma, Becky Smith of Farlington, Margaret (Meg) Beezley of Wichita, and Lori Umbarger of Girard; 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Carter, on Sept. 7, 1982.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Fri., Dec. 31, 2010 at the St. Francis Catholic Church at St. Paul.  
Burial will be in the St. Francis Cemetery with military honors given by the I & I Marine Detachment, Wichita, KS and the Norris-Carter Post No. 116, American Legion of St. Paul.  

The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m., Thursday at the church with visitation following.  Memorials are suggested to the James E. Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund and may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.  Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.