E. Max Carter, 82, died Sunday afternoon at his home, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

E. Max Carter, 82, died Sunday afternoon at his home, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  

Max was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Elkhorn Township, McDonald County, to the late Ernie Riley Carter and Ruby Jane Lamb Carter. Max spent most of his life in the Newton and McDonald county area. He attended Puckett School in McDonald County through 3rd grade and then attended Granby schools, graduating in 1947. He attended Northeast Oklahoma A&M at Miami, Okla. He worked for Southwestern Bell for 37 years, starting as a lineman and held various positions in the company as staff manager in Hannibal and Joplin, and quality and productions in Kansas City, Mo., retiring in 1985.
Max married Ruth Jae Combs on July 2, 1948, in Huntsville, Ark., and she survives.  

Also surviving are three children, Steven Carter and his wife, Debra, Diamond, Stan Carter and his wife, Misty, Granby, and Rita McClary and her husband, John, Joplin; one brother, Jerry Carter and wife, Judy, Granby; and two sisters, Jackie Camerer, Granby and Sharon Sue James, Branson; eight grandchildren, Wendy Carter Elder, Jeremy Carter, Carissa Carter Dorris, Rory McClary Lee, John Carter, Meredith McClary Benfield, Ben Carter, Joy Carter Garcia; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Carter Bunch.  

Max was a member of the First Baptist Church in Granby. He was active in local government, serving one term as Granby city councilman, three terms as mayor and one term as Newton County Commissioner. Max was honored as Citizen of the Year in Granby; and served on the board of directors of Granby Senior Citizens Housing, Inc., including seven years as president. He served two years as chairman of the Economic Security Executive committee, two terms as vice president of Local 6313 Communications Workers of America, past-president of Heart of the Ozarks Telephone Pioneers of America; a past-Master of Granby Lodge 514 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and was past-Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Max was a charter member of the Granby Lions Club and a charter member of the Granby Historical Society. He was a Newton County Republican Committeeman for 22 years; co-founder of the Shoal Creek Tractor and Small Engine Club and a member of American Mensa.  

Max loved gospel music and sang with the Skytones and the Thompson Five during the 1950s and 1960s.  He shared the stage with such notable groups as The Foggy River Boys; The Blackwood Brothers and the Statesman. He was a fisherman, golfer and a hunter, but his greatest love was his family.  

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Granby First Baptist Church, Pastor Russ Johnson will officiate. Interment will be in the Granby Memorial Cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be John Carter, Ben Carter, Thomas Carter, Nicky Spears, Randy Spears and Jim Manness. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Spears and L. T. Tanner.  Masonic services will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Clark Funeral Home in Granby, with visitation following until 7 p.m.  

Contributions in memory of Max may be made to Granby House Activity Fund or Telephone Pioneers, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Granby, 64844.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby.

Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.