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Memorial created 10-13-2007 by
Rebecca Fort
Carter Butts
August 2 1980 - October 22 2006

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Carter Butts. It was mentioned at his funeral that if he could request one thing it would be for everyone to have a relationship with God period. That's it. Live a Life of Love and give your life to God honestly and completely. Please sign Carter's guest book and let us know you came to visit and Please don't feel sorry for us, we really are very fortunate that Carter found God at such a young age and was such a wonderful person. We were blessed to have him in our lives. Don't feel sorry for us, just pray, he is part of God's plan as all of us are. So where do I began. Carter saved my soul. I think that one sentence is beautiful, if I could save just one soul then my life was well spent serving God. But he has had a great impact on so many hearts.I love my brother so so much...he inspires me too reach further, to follow God, and I miss him!We lived together for 2 years in Atlanta while we were in college, I cut his hair for our cousins wedding and gapped it in the back-I did not tell him until later-fun times.Carter left the apartment on his bike one morning, I asked where he was going and he said oh, see some friends in Athens. He rode his bike from Atlanta to Athens and came back the next day on the bike! I miss his soured speedo and underarmour smells from his triathlon training, miss cleaning his bathroom toilet and shower, and studying together on the breakfast table. Our last lunch together was at the Locos on Peachtree on 9/26/06 and we got the brownie sundae. Girls loved him, everyone wanted to marry him or at least have a dance with him. He protected me, during Rush in Athens he found me walking in the group of girls on the Milledge sidewalk, revved up his engine and yelled out the window. He brought me Mountain Dews and Airheads when I stayed up late studying for pharmacy school, we got up around 4 Am to open our stockings at Christmas together in front of the fireplace, we look alike and talk the same-slow and southern, he called me about a month before the accident to ask what to get for his sorethroat-told him to get a prescription for a ZPAK-so glad he called me-I found the empty ZPAK on his desk in Atlanta after his wreck. The memories come and go, not sure why but this is what I think about the most.I often feel that I am in a cloud just floating through the days without Carter here. I wonder when someone else close to me will die and that scares the crap out of me. Thank You for giving me an Awesome Brother, He is such an inspiring spirit!...he reminds me daily that our days are so short here...So enjoy the Day! Carter rarely wasted a day...he would get mad at me for laying on the couch all day after classes because I was wasting valuable time. Be thankful for everything, there is a reason behind all this chaos and it will reveal itself, trust in your faith with God. Life is still good. On his birthday I thought I should be giving him a present and a phone call, or better yet, drinking a beer with him-the Lord will pull us through the day and years! Have Hope. I have learned more about my brother after he died than I did when he was living through all the stories from his dedicated friends. His love for God was so amazingly true and real. I can't hardly write staring at his picture on this screen, it hurts so bad. I know if I could see him one day in Heaven I would not want to come back either. I mean, wow, have you ever really thought what Heaven is going to be like? Try it, use your imagination. Who knows how long that may be, but one day it will be and the pain will be gone and we will all be together again.


Carter was introduced to Young Life (www.younglife.org/AboutYoungLife) in High School and accepted Christ during this time. Carter kept a Journal and wrote his prayers in it. On the last page there was a list of people and things he prayed for and Young Life leaders was one of them. We found "The Journey" sitting on his bedside table in which he had written "God Spoke" on the first page. A half drawn Angel was sitting on a pedestal in Carter's room, dad and I were speechless when we saw her. I guess you can come up with your own conclusions, but that may have been his Angel.


He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2005 with an Architect degree and he was forming his own business "Studio.Carter". On October, 21st he came to Omaha,Ga for a wedding and had a carwreck on the way to my parents house 15 minutes away. Mom knew something was wrong when she heard the first siren. She sent dad out to follow the sirens and he came upon the accident. dad was so strong, through it all, I can't imagine what that must have been like. Our doorbells rang and the terror began. Why Carter? How did the wreck happen? So many questions. Carter came home, we wouldn't have it any other way. There was a part of me that wanted that casket to stay where it was in mom and dad's house, I did not want him taken away again. Then the funeral came and it was like a revival, a cloud of God's dust had poured over all of us. Carter's profound impact he had his entire life was released in one morning and boy was it amazing. Carter changed my soul. I break down in tears mostly when I go to Carter's church in Atlanta. Not just because Carter was once there worshiping the same God I am now, but because I want so badly to be as close to God as he will allow. I have never wanted God so badly and THANK YOU Carter. You are so Beautiful. I miss you.


"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy spirit, whom he has given to us." Romans 5:1-5 You know, Carter was so much fun while he was here, he saw a lot in life, enjoy everyday no matter the circumstance, because Life is Good. http://www.myspace.com/studiocarter


April 22, 2006

“Among the hills, when you sit in the coolshade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows-then let your heart say in silence, 'God rests in reason.' And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning claims the majesty of the sky, --then let your heart say in awe, 'God moves in passion.' And since you are a breath in God’s sphere, and a leaf in God’s forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.” ~The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran Several of Carter's friends told us that he used the phrase "Rest in Reason and Move in Passion". We found the phrase in his book "The Prophet".


Carter.... gave his life to God the girls said he was hot he is pretty handsome climbed and sat on Mt. Sinai climbed Mont Blanc saw the pyramids lived in Paris biked from Atlanta to Athens and back mastered triathlons had a costume closet for Young Life skits read a bunch graduated from georgia Tech with Architect degree loved God rode to Sturgis on a Harley with my Dad from Lumpkin,GA went to Mardi Gras woke up for santa claus with his sister at 4 am played with legos like it was religion had a dog named Dixie (he bought him originally for a girl magnet) loved his work Car surfed on dirt roads danced like no other learned french almost fluently even with a southern accent wrestled in High School kept a journal filled with prayers and thoughts graduated from Brookstone High School Honors was a KA at Georgia Tech Had more clothes than I do loved black beans and rice, oh yeah, and salmon loved his family was named after my dad had two blood brothers wrestled a chair wanted to build an uncompromised chapel it was on his list of goals gave himself to Christ was not very clean he kept everything and I do mean everything we are thankful for that now had a canary smile laughed often


Mont Blanc

Psalm 139 was recommended to me by Carter's Best Friend, Rosa, this psalm is a blessing to have. "O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say ' Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were writtne in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. If only you would slay the wicked O God! Away from me you bloodthirsty men! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you? I have nothing but hatred against them, I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way EVERLASTING."


Hey Carter, just wanted you to meet Otis. He loves to play with Dixie. He has been lots of comfort, hopefully you can hear my heart thinking up these words. I love you! So the weekend you had your accident is here and I am trying not to make an anniversary out of it, your friends are coming to Lumpkin to be with us Sunday. I just want to relax and rest and think about you. It is raining again like it was last year, I think that's weird. Thanks for pulling us through this year, it has been hard but there have been good times. Your life made a huge difference when you were here. It's just hard getting used to your body not being here, that is the weirdest part to me. I can't call you or see you. I have been having more dreams of you, they seem so real, I think it really is you. Just want you to know that your legacy will be here forever, we talk about you everyday, and I love you to pieces! Love, Bec


Mary Carter

Spring 2009, our lives changed with the birth of Mary Carter, Carter's niece. She is a ray of sunshine and has really opened new doors of happiness when some of those doors had been cracked since Carter left us. We have placed a picture of carter on a low bookcase where she goes and lightly rubs the glass babbling words (who knows what she is saying but I bet it is very sweet). We say "Love CaCa" and she will lay her head beside the picture, soooooooooo sweet! Thank you God for this great gift! We love you so very much Uncle Carter, sweet dreams...

Angel we found in Carter's room on a pedestal.."Last Work"

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