Billy D. Carter

Profile Updated: February 17, 2017
Billy D. Carter
Residing In: Mexico, MO USA
Spouse/Partner: Diane Carter
Occupation: Retired. St Louis County Police Officer, Small Business Owner, Pastor
Children: Tina, born 1972. Craig, born in 1974.
8 Grandchildren, 1 Great Grandson and one on the way.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Surveyed highways with Mo DOT until 1973 the worked 1 year at Wagner Electric. Got married early 1970 to my childhood sweetheart Diane Haag who would have been a sophomore when I graduated. She is from Philadelphia and used to spend the summers with her uncle who lived across the street from me. We had been going together since she was 12 and I was 14. Finally after I graduated and was working full time we decided to take the step and got married on July 3, 1970, and have had 44 wonderful years together.

Attended Flo Valley for a year then served with St Louis County Police for 10 yrs from 1974-84, working in Tactical Operations (the original swat team), drug enforcement, and finally in Crimes Against Persons (Robbery/Homicide.)

Then having moved to Cuba, Mo in 1982 my wife and I opened a sporting goods store as part of my parents liquor store. 1995 my life took a complete turn and I became involved in ministry. Just locally at first, then left the liquor store, for full time ministry. I know, it just didn't seem to go together. I became an ordained minister with the Wesleyan Methodist church moving to Mexico, Mo in 2001. 2009 I decided to learn to fly but my flight instructor crashed my airplane on our first flight before I ever touched the controls. 3 broken vertebra, right leg fractured, 3 ruptured disc in my neck, and a closed head injury which caused me to loose my short term memory for a year. But luckily I had a guardian angel, and a harness system in the airplane so I'm here to tell the story. The injuries did force me to leave the ministry in 2010.
I had started a bicycle touring company in 2007 but have had to turn that over to my son because I was unable to do the work any longer. My, wife, son, and I also help people build Zenith experimental kit aircraft. The kits are manufactured here in Mexico, MO. Yes I did receive my pilots license in less than a year after the accident. I can still fly but can't do much work building them.
Overall, I have had a very blessed life and I am grateful for everyday that I have had here on earth. I would really like to see everyone again but can't make it again this year (2014) due to prior commitments. Looks like I will have to shoot for our 50th. Wishing all the best to each of you.

School Story:

Sorry I don't have much to say here. Most of my close friends in my neighborhood were sophomores or juniors when I graduated and I didn't spend much time with people in my own class. Mostly just a few who later became, or married St Louis County cops and we met at parties.

I first started at the high school (Hazelwood Central now, (remember it was the only one then, there wasn't an east, west, and central.) I'm just glad that I never bought one of the pool or elevator passes! Anyone else remember those?

I've had the pleasure of meeting some of you since those days. Fortunately I never met even one of you professionally while I was on the PD. I did meet Lynn Ott who wheeled in next to my patrol car one day pointing out a car that was being driven by a guy that he had witnessed committing a purse snatching. He was well ahead of me but I was able to catch up with him and make the arrest. Don't remember if I saw you after that Lynn but thanks.

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Jun 13, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Lynn. Billie Carter here. Great to see you on here. I left St Louis Co PD after 10 yrs and now live out here in Mexico, MO.
The last time I saw you was at Crossroads Shopping Center when you had tracked down a purse snatcher that you pointed out to me. And after a short chase I caught and arrested him. Man that was a long time ago. Give me a call if you're ever in the area or send me your phone or email. Mine is dbcarter2001@yh***.com, 57 37 21 4 400.

Jul 06, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Just occurred to me that my wife was from Philadelphia no almost none of you have ever met her. So here's the love of my life for 44 years. Actually that's just how long we've been married. She's been the love of my life since the summer 1966 that's 4 years more than that!