Graveside service for Carl Dane Panter, age 93 of Emory, Texas will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Pilgrims Rest #1 with the Masons serving as pall bearers. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Wilson Orwosky Chapel.
Carl Panter, a beloved member of the community, passed away on October 26, 2023, at the Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. He was born in Mineola, Texas, on June 8, 1930 to parents Samuel Collie Panter and Millie Opal Yandell. Carl led an extraordinary life, making a lasting impact on those around him through his career, education, and dedicated service.
As a teenager, Carl worked alongside his parents who owned a dairy farm. Growing up surrounded by the hard work and dedication required to run the farm, he developed an exceptional work ethic that would shape his future endeavors.
After graduating from college with three degrees from the University of Arlington, Carl pursued his passion for teaching by becoming a college professor and a high school teacher in West Texas for a time. His love for imparting knowledge and guiding young minds was evident in every lecture he delivered. Many students remember him as an inspiring mentor who nurtured their intellectual growth.
Carl's commitment extended beyond the classroom; he genuinely cared for others and had a heart full of compassion. He profoundly treasured his friendships and made it a priority to nurture these bonds throughout his life. He made sure to share his love of George Washington with everyone he met, and his close friends knew his love of female sheriff jokes (if you know, you know). The warmth of his personality drew people towards him naturally.
In addition to his academic accomplishments and his teaching career, Carl was a masonic member who took great pride in being part of Masonic Lodges 1440 and 392; being made a Master Mason December 10, 1951, at the Mineola Lodge number 502. As a Scottish Rite Mason, York Rite Mason, and a Shriner, he embodied the values of brotherhood and service that these organizations represent.
Honorable discharge was bestowed upon Carl not once but twice - once from the Army and then from the Air Force. His military service demonstrated not only his courage but also his dedication to protecting our nation's freedom.
Although Carl Panter may have left this world, his legacy lives on in the hearts of his family, friends, colleagues, and students. He will forever be remembered for his unwavering dedication to education, his selfless service to his country, and his compassion towards others.