Despite not living a long life, Wyatt Carter had enough time to show that he cared for others by starting a prison ministry and in the way he interacted with his brother Crockett.
Carter, 20, a Dennis area resident with a Lipan mailing address, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Friday morning on Brock Highway near Evergreen Cemetery Road.
Friends said Carter was driving from his home in Dennis in Parker County to a construction site near Dublin in Erath County where he had been working.
DPS Senior Trooper Dub Gillum said that the accident report states Carter’s 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was on the wrong side of the road when it struck a 2009 Chevrolet pickup driven by Lawrence Randal “LR” Bishop, 46, also with a Lipan address, at 6:10 a.m.
Bishop was flown by air ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Gillum said. A JPS spokesperson said Bishop was not listed on Monday among their patients.
Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and there were no other occupants.
Carter was attending Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, having graduated from Grace Christian Academy in Weatherford. His obituary states he was lead director of Fort Worth Prison Ministries and had made several mission trips to Israel and Alaska.
Danny Sherman, pastor of Dennis Baptist Church, said he met Carter about 10 years ago through Bible studies and missionary training with the Royal Ambassadors.
“He was a fantastic young man, very polite, very respectful of everyone,” Sherman said. “He was just a good young man – very unassuming and quiet.”
Sherman said Carter’s brother had a hearing impairment, but they had a close relationship.
“Wyatt was able to communicate with (Crockett) better than everyone else,” Sherman said. “He just really took care of his brother. He was a fine young man. The cream of the crop in today’s generation, in the way he watched over him.”
Sherman also noted that Carter had “a large circle of friends” and several youth pastors called after hearing of the accident, asking Sherman if he knew how the family was doing.
“It seemed like he had a wide circle of influence,” Sherman said. “He was outgoing, but he moved about kind of quietly. He didn’t draw attention to himself.”
Kyle Wheeler, a 2012 Lipan High School graduate now attending Tarleton State University, said, “(Carter) was just a great guy. He was always there when I needed him, to ask him questions or if I needed to talk. He was fun, caring, he loved everybody.”
Jake Martin, another friend and 2012 LHS graduate, said that Carter visited jail inmates, “because he knew they needed someone to talk to, and he shared the Lord with them. He tried to do as many group ministries as he could.” Carter, Martin and Wheeler shared interest in diesel trucks. “He was one of a kind, for sure,” Martin said. “He would talk to you about faith, or about a diesel. I met him through some of my friends. He knew people all over the country that worked on (diesels).”
Carter’s construction work was to earn a living while he was developing the home-based company he created called Covert Customs, in which he designed custom headlights for vehicles as well as working on diesels.
Wheeler said Carter performed some stunt work on horses along with Crockett and their mother for a Western-style movie.
Wyatt and Crockett had begun practicing together recently, preparing to compete in some team roping competitions.
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