William Maurice Carter, 86, of Grain Valley, Missouri was born on July 22, 1935 in Republic, Missouri. He was the son of William Rudolph and Delpha Carter. He went to meet his Heavenly Father on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at his home surrounded with love.
William grew up in Ash Grove, Missouri and played basketball; was 1 st chair Trumpet and a member of FFA and he graduated from Ash Grove High School in 1952.
After graduation he moved to Wichita, Kansas and was employed at Boeing for 3 years as a Tool & Die Maker before being laid off in 1955. He then went to work at a hometown grocery store.
His world changed as he met and fell in love with his future wife, Wanda Lorene Willbanks. They were united in marriage on June 5, 1955 and soon started a family raising three children Conna Lorene, Phillip Maurice and Carla Rena.
At the age of 20, he made the most important decision of his life to follow Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was water baptized where he was a faithful Christian for the remainder of his life. He became a member of the Lane Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO on April 29, 1973. He was a Deacon and also taught adult Sunday School and took on the task of maintaining the Building and Grounds for many years.
At the age of 21 William enlisted in the United States Air Force at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas in April of 1956.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed restoring old trucks, tinkering with wood airplanes and puzzles. He competed in Trap & Skeet competitions at Richards Gebaur Air Force Base. His passion was the time he spent customizing and bluing shotguns and rifles.
In 1962 he was transferred and moved his family from McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas to Richards Gebaur AFB in Belton, Missouri. He was also employed part-time at Phillips 66 in Lee’s Summit and he rebuilt powerheads for boat motors for Lake Jacomo Boat Dock. He was Board President of Village Fair Swimming Club and he was the neighborhood fix-it man.
He proudly served his Country as an Air Craft Welder / Instructor for the United States Air Force for 22 years. In July of 1971 he graduated from the Non Destructive Inspection Specialist (NDI) training from Chanute AFB, in Illinois. He spent the rest of his career in the NDI Lab where he x-rayed aircraft and took oil samples while being stationed at Richards Gebaur AFB in Belton, MO. He retired from the Civil Service and the Air Force Reserves (442nd Fighter Wing of Whiteman AFB) in 1991 at the rank of Technical Sergeant after proudly serving his Country for 34 years and 8 months.
After the passing of his first wife, Wanda of 51 years, in October 2006; he fell in love once again and married Sylvia Headley of Prairie Village, KS on April 12, 2008. They enjoyed spending time traveling with family and friends to Colorado, South Dakota and many trips to Branson MO where they enjoyed Silver Dollar City and took on many of the sights and shows that Branson has to offer. They also spent time working in the yard and enjoying each other’s company while putting puzzles together. Due to health concerns in September 2018, they bought and moved into a ranch style home in Grain Valley, MO.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; his first wife, Wanda; one sister, Delma Jean Carter Cope and an infant grandson, Matthew Slagle.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Sylvia of the home; daughter, Conna Lorene (Glenn) Perkins of Grandview, MO; son Phillip M (Vickie) Carter of Pleasant Hill, MO and daughter, Carla Rena (Mike) Slagle of Lee’s Summit, MO; sister in law Charlotte Willbanks (Danny) Holmes of Gainesville, MO; three blended family children, Tracy (David) Austin of Grandview, MO; Shelly Fletcher of Kansas City, MO and Matthew (JJ) Ringgold of Lee’s Summit, MO, MO; eight grandchildren Kelly Dawn (Stephen) Fielder of Independence, MO; Chad Alan (Annie) Perkins of Jay, OK; Jacob Daniel (Stephanie) Carter of Warrensburg, MO; Justin Lee (Ashley) Carter of Blue Springs, MO; Brandon Michael (April) Slagle of Blue Springs, MO; Jesse Owen (Megan) Carter of Kingsville, MO; Mitchell Ryan (Courtney) Slagle of Lee’s Summit, MO; and Kayla Renee Slagle of Raytown, MO; six blended family grandchildren, Miranda (TJ) Nigus of Kansas City, MO; Melanie Fletcher (Mike) of Lenexa, KS; Malachi Fletcher of Overland Park, KS; Christopher, Noah and William Ringgold all of Lee’s Summit, MO; eighteen great grandchildren, Luke, Caleb and Kaylee Perkins; Emily, Seth, Adam and Joel Fielder; Madison, Charlotte, Everhett, Ella, Magnolia and Josephine Carter; Rylee, Elliot, Liam and Lincoln Slagle; and Delta Nigus; four nieces Jody Ellis, Jonna Cope, Chrystal Meek and Tommie Jo Ford and many other nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 1-3 on Monday, August 9, 2021 with the funeral following at 3:00pm at Langsford Funeral Home in Lees Summit, MO. Pastor Jerry Applegate will officiate. Graveside services, with full military honors by the United States Air Force, will be held at the Lee’s Summit Cemetery, Lees Summit, MO. Pallbearers are grandsons Chad Perkins, Jacob Carter, Justin Carter, Jesse Carter, Brandon Slagle and Mitchell Slagle. Music provided by Pam Payne and accompanied by her sister, Debbie Cotter.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lane Avenue Baptist Church in lieu of flowers
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 816-524-3700