Dale Carter, Former Superintendent Of Hamilton County Schools, Dies At 88

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Dale Carter
Dale Carter

Dr. Dale Lanier Carter, former superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, died on July 15, 2017, at 88.

A Chattanooga native and graduate of Central High School, Dr. Carter received his undergraduate degree at Tennessee Temple, and later, his doctorate in education at the University of Tennessee. 

As a child, his favorite hobby was aviation and he became a pilot as a young man. His passion led him to the U.S. Air Force serving as an air flight controller. Owning his own plane for decades, he enjoyed countless trips to Florida with friends and family. After the military, his first job was as an elementary teacher.  Ever the leader and mentor, he then taught middle and high school students, served as a guidance counselor, functioned as the principal of several area schools, and worked as professor at Bryan College. He was ultimately selected as superintendent for the Hamilton County School System from 1974-1980. 

Following “retirement” and the past 26 years, Dr. Carter had been married to Mary Braddock Carter. Both surviving their first spouses’ deaths to cancer, together they enjoyed traveling, golfing, and serving others. A member of Grace Baptist Church, he faithfully served his Lord. He used his education expertise to serve on the board of Grace Academy, being instrumental in their achieving state accreditation. He was also a former board chairman of AAA Women’s Service (currently Choices) ministering to women with unplanned pregnancies, and was involved in getting abstinence programs in the public schools through the ministry of WhyKnow (currently On Point.) Dr. Carter spent several years serving as a Gideon -- speaking and bringing Bibles to a variety of groups. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ab and Belle Carter, brother Albert Carter, his first wife, Elizabeth Fletcher Carter, and step-son, Tom Braddock. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Mary Braddock Carter and three step-children, Becky Braddock, Beth Braddock Warren, Jimmy Braddock, and their families. 

Visitation will be on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at noon at the Chattanooga Funeral Home East on Moore Road. A reception will follow at the Life Care Center of East Ridge. 



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, KIARA KATHLEEN  180 HALL LANE TRENTON, 307524421  Age at Arrest: 18 years old Arresting Agency:  THEFT OF PROPERTY (CONDUCT INVOLV.MERCHANDISE) UND --- ALLEN, DEDRICK LAMOUNE  125 ALTON PLACE CHATTANOOGA, 37410  Age at Arrest: 47 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton ... (click for more)

DeArius Moore, 21, Shot On Pinewood Avenue on Tuesday Afternoon

DeArius Moore, 21, was shot on Pinewood Avenue on Tuesday.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 12:15 p.m. to a person who had been shot at the 3300 block of Pinewood Ave.   The Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital on reports of a patient suffering from a gunshot wound. Moore's injuries are non-life threatening at this time.   ... (click for more)

Why Can't Someone Unstop The Water Buildup Problem At The I-24 Cummings Highway Exit? - And Response

Exit 174 on westbound Interstate 24 is closed again as is the westbound entrance ramp. Cummings Highway is shut as well. I inquired at TDOT on Dec. 28, 2015, why this continues to happen. The engineer’s response was that the drain from ground west of the interstate runs under private land and cover over it has caused that pipe to collapse. Obviously flow still goes through, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘We’ll Lose The Senate!’

A guy who I admire and respect wrote me yesterday. He had just read my story defending Bob Corker for honoring “The Code” due to his true friendship with Phil Bredesen. He is also no stranger to my vivid dislike of the Republican choice to replace Corker in the Senate. Marsha Blackburn is no match against Bredesen on any tier and it is clearly the Republican Party itself that has ... (click for more)

Moc Golfers Fall Short In Final Round Of SoCon Championship

The Chattanooga Mocs made a run but fell short ending up second at the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championships. They cut UNCG’s 12-stroke lead to as little as three before finishing five shots back on another rainy day at Pinehurst No. 9. The margin was cut in half over the first six holes and was down to five at the turn. Birdies at 10 by Andrew Weathers and Lake Johnson ... (click for more)

Gonsalves, Lookouts Nip Generals, 2-1, Tuesday To End Losing Streak

Jackson, TN.- The Chattanooga Lookouts set out on a mission to win Tuesday night and assigned their ace, lefty Stephen Gonsalves, to lead the way. He did and Brian Navarreto added the home run that made the scoring difference in the 2-1 win over the Generals. The Lookouts got on the board in the first inning thanks to a Nick Gordon single that was followed by the seventh ... (click for more)