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1935 Max 2016

Max Carter

March 6, 1935 — May 31, 2016

Mr. Max Carter, age 81 of Douglas, Ga. passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at his home in Douglas, Ga. after a short illness.   A native of Coffee County, Mr. Carter was born March 06, l935, son of Warren and Viola Knight Carter. Mr. Carter was a prominent farmer in Coffee County. Mr. Carter helped organize and served as past president of the Coffee County Conservation Alliance. His well kept farm was a showcase for conservation tillage, where he hosted numerous visitors, conservation tillage field days, and research experiments on the no-till system. Although once controversial, Carter is now considered one of the modern pioneers of conservation tillage (no-till) in the South, with other farmers emulating his methods.   In addition Mr. Carter traveled all over the country as a keynote speaker on no-till farming. He was a Charter Member of the Coffee County Conservation Alliance which is the first local county alliance established in the state of Georgia. He was also a Charter member of the Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance where he served as Treasurer. He was also a member of the Coffee County Farm Bureau and was named Farm Family of the year in l994. Mr. Carter believed that erosion was the farmer’s number one problem. He stated “You can’t farm without soil”. He loved the land and working on the farm was his profession and enjoyment.   He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He especially loved to hunt quail and dove and in his younger days trained many fine bird dogs and retrievers. He attended Sandhill Baptist Church and was preceded in death by brothers, Vasco, J. W., Tillman, Milton, and Carl Carter, and sisters, Luell Brown, Mattie Bell Adams, Doris Grantham, and Oleta Walker.   Survivors include: Beloved companion: Jeanie Paulk of Douglas, Ga.   Sister: Geraldine Kirkland of Douglas, Ga.             Several Nieces, Nephews, and other relatives also survive.   Funeral services for Mr. Carter were held held Saturday, June 04, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Sims Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Nicky Kirkland and Mr. Ken Vickers officiating. Special music included “Amazing Grace” rendered a capalla by Angie Odum, soloist, and “Go Rest High on that Mountain’ by Angie Odum and Carl McGowan with Carl accompanying on the guitar. Soft Prelude and Postlude music was played by Lois Mills, pianist. The internment followed in Satilla Memorial Gardens with Mr. Ken Vickers reading the 23rd Psalm and the dedication of the grave by Elder Danny Solomon.   Serving as active pallbearers were: Bruce Carter, Nicky Kirkland, Ronnie Walker, Cecil Grantham, Jake Relihan, Carl McGowan, Chad McGowan, and Chad Odum.   Relihan Funeral Home of Pearson, Ga. was in charge of the arrangements.

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