Carter, HC

Carter, HC

Staff Reports

HC Carter, 82, passed away in his sleep and slipped into eternal life with the Lord on Sunday Eve the 26th of June 2016.  He was born July 17, 1933 in Mexia, Texas.  


HC worked as a Journeyman Carpenter during his high school and college years. He attended San Angelo State on a Rodeo Scholarship and continued his education in the School of Architecture at UT. One summer day while framing a home, HC saw a salesman drive up in an air-conditioned car. He immediately quit his job and became a salesman! That’s when Carter discovered the world of real estate. In the early 60's he established Carter Homes, building and selling homes in the Crestview, Brentwood, Allandale, and Balcones West neighborhoods. In the 70's he was a founding partner in Paragon Properties, a commercial brokerage firm, whose clients included Tracor, Westinghouse, Texas Instruments, and McNeil Labs. His development company, Carter Investments, built or developed the 26 Doors shopping center, over 2,500 apartment units, and other office, retail and specialty projects. 


HC made a contribution of his time and talent serving on many boards--Brackenridge Hospital, The Paramount Theatre, UT School of Architecture, and he was a founding member of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association. 


His true passion was ranching and the history of Texas. While James Michener was gathering information for his epic novel “Texas”, he spent many hours with HC discussing trail drives and Texas history on HC’s front porch in Dripping Springs. Mr. Michener gave HC more acknowledgements in his book “Texas” than any other sources.  Michener told HC...“Carter, if this books a failure, it’s your fault.  I’ve never given this many acknowledgements to anyone”. 


HC moved to his Dripping Springs ranch in 1989 where he continued developing real estate and of course; raising Longhorn Cattle. The perfect day for HC was attending a cattle sale in the morning and a black tie event that evening.  He was truly a Renaissance man!


He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Lynnda,  his son Mike and wife Marsha Carter,  his son Scott Carter and his partner Mary Beth and his daughter Ashleigh Allen; his brother Marcus Dodson; and his sisters Sandra Brooks and her husband Lou, his sister Jo Coburn and her husband Doug. Also surviving are his grandchildren Jennifer, Lyles, Chadwick, Kristi, and Chuck, along with numerous nieces and nephews. A special love and thank you go our dear friends Bill and Jan Bright.


In celebration of HC's life, a memorial service will be held at 2:00 on Thursday, July 7, at Riverbend Church, Smith Chapel. 


In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund in HC’s memory has been created for the Dripping Springs Ag Boosters. Please mail checks to PO Box 1008 Dripping Springs, Texas 78620.


 “See you down the trail, Pardner…..”


Obituary and guestbook are available online at

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