Jul 27, 2013
July 27, 2013
Johnny Clifton \"Clif\" Carter, 68, of the Short Creek community near Riceville - a loving husband, father and papaw, who will be greatly missed - passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War, and was a member of Short Creek Baptist Church. He was a horse sale auctioneer since 1978, and was an avid horse trader and farmer. He was big in horse showing and horse training in the Short Creek community.
A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a son of the late J.H. \"Hessie\" Carter Jr. and Anna Ruth Womac Carter, and was also preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Ray Carter; and one brother-in-law, Bobby Rice.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Jane Carter of Riceville; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Kelsey Swafford of Riceville; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff \"Frog\" and Cecilia Carter of Englewood; six grandchildren, Dustin, Alli, Abbi, Jodi, Tristen and Josie; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, J.T. and Betty Carter, Ricky D. Carter, and Carolyn Carter, all of Riceville; one sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Dean Howard of Decatur; one brother-in-law, Lake Harden and his wife, Sharon, of Cleveland; three sisters-in-law, Janice Murray and her husband, Gary, Anita McLain and her husband, Tommy, and Faye Bolt, all of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Lewis and the Rev. Johnny Hope officiating.
The body will leave the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to be taken to the Carter Horse Sale barn and will lie in-state until 4 p.m. At 4 p.m., he will be taken by a horse drawn wagon with family and friends, followed by horseback riders, wagons and vehicles for a 5 p.m. burial in Short Creek Cemetery with full military honors. Anyone wanting to ride horses or in a wagon, arrive before 3:30 p.m. Everyone please come and join the family in taking Clif on \"The Last Ride.\"
Pallbearers will be Bobby Farmer, Eddie Armour, Randall Moore, Todd Grubb, David \"Rastus\" Green and Larry Womac.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons; Dustin Carter and Tristen Boggess; and four special lifelong friends, Bobby Farmer, Willis Sliger, Randall Moore and Ed Shaver.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the online registry at www.zieglerfuneralhome.com
Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens has been entrusted with the care of Johnny Clifton \"Clif\" Carter.