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MILES CARTER, SR.

October 31, 1931 ~ January 10, 2019 (age 87)

On October 31,1931, it was not a trick but a treat, when Earnest and Daisy Carter received their Halloween bundle of joy, Miles Sammie Carter. He was the youngest of five children.


He attended Columbus Elementary School; and, Dunbar Middle School and Wheatley High School in San Antonio, TX.


Following graduation from high school in May, 1950, Miles thought he was going to go to the Army; little did he know his mother had packed h is bag and he was on h is wax to Prairie View AeM College, the Summer of1950. While in college, he participated in band, choir. The Barron's social club and ROTC. After graduating from PY with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Miles joined the US Army as a commissioned officer. After serving two years. Lieutenant Miles Carter was honorably discharged.


Upon returning to Texas, Miles began his teaching career at Asberry High School in Yoakum, Texas as hand director. During his four rear tenure at Asberry High, Miles met the love of his life, Yvonne.


After a brief courtship, A files and Yvonne were married. Welcoming their first born Janda, Miles and Yvonne continued teaching in Texas until a vacation trip to Michigan lured them to teaching positions in Flint. A few years after moving to Michigan, Miles and Yvonne welcomed their second child. Miles Jr. Miles received his Master's degree in music from Prairie View, Summer of 1967.


While in Flint, Miles premiered the first ever marching elementary school hand. Adorned in white shirts, black shoes and pants, red vests, cummerbunds and bow tics, these students were mvi ted to perform at churches. Town Hall meetings, m concert auditoriums and, each year at the Michigan State Capitol. Each spring, the Flint Community Schools sponsored a county wide Band O Rama featuring elementary, middle, and high school band students from surrounding school districts. Miles was given the distinct honor of being selected, yearly, to direct the J00+ elementary band, affectionately, known as the "Milers." Miles enjoyed a 40-year career touching thousands of lives in teaching instrumental music to students of all ages. In 2013, Miles and Yvonne relocated to Schertz, Texas.

 

Miles accepted Christ at an early age, and untied with St Paul Methodist Church, Columbus, Texas, and attended Sanford Chapel UMC in San Antonio, TX. He later united with Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Flint, Ml. He was a devoted member of Quinn for 47 years where he served as a steward, in the gospel and men's choirs, and on the Men's Fellowship board. Miles began performing on his saxophone at a young age, playing in San Antonio; and, continued throughout the city of Flint performing for happy and sad occasions until his health denied his fingers the needed flexibility. For the past five years, he has been a beloved member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, San Antonio, serving as a member of the United Methodist Men, participating with the Pacesetters, and singing in the mass, men's and grandparent's choirs, often performing his special rendition of "Your Grace and Mercy".


He was a member of the Wheatley Class of 1950, the Prairie View Alumni Club, The Anthropos, Optimist, Masons, and in 1995 he attended the Million Man March in Washington D.C.

 

Miles was preceded in death by his father, Earnest Carter, Sr., mother, Daisy Sammie Carter, brothers: Earnest Carter, Jr., Richard W. Carter and Purvis M. Carter, PhD.


Miles leaves to cherish his precious memory: his loving and caring wife, Yvonne Marie Sanford Carter; children: Atty Janda Monique, Peoria, IL; Miles "Butch" (Dr. Nikia), Nashville, TN; his adorable granddaughter, Lyric Symone; his loving sister, Nova C. Maddox, San Antonio, sister-in-law Gwendolyn Carter, Prairie View, his god-daughter, Lisa Bronson Carpenter, Duluth, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and special friends including Alvin "Fox" Roberts, San Antonio and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bronson, Flint, Ml.

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