The September 8, 2019 edition of the Jonesboro Sun featured Bill’s visit to Rector, AR during the town’s annual Labor Day Celebration. Bill was the guest of an event held in his honor by the Rector Community Museum.
The article, titled Rector native Carter talks about life in Clay County and beyond, written by Brittany Williams begins:
When Joanna Carter tells people who her father is, they’re always shocked.
“One of the things that often happens is people ask about my father,” she said. “I say, ‘He’s worked in the Secret Service for Kennedy and Johnson. He helped get the Rolling Stones into the United States after being banned to help them tour. He helped his friend Fred Smith launch Federal Express. He represented Jimmy Hoffa. He worked with Reba McEntire and helped her get to superstardom. He got Steve McQueen’s body out of Mexico. He also worked with Bill Gaither and Billy Graham. Often I get a blank stare and they think I’m lying.”
Joanna Carter’s father is Bill Carter, Rector native and retired servicemen, lawyer and TV producer.
The elder Carter is now based in Lebanon, Tenn., just outside of Nashville and his daughter is the vice president of creative services for UMG Nashville, managing the image of acts like Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.
The Carters returned to Northeast Arkansas for an event hosted by Rector Community Museum. They spoke in an interview format before a crowd of dozens on Sept. 1 at the Rector First United Methodist Wesley Center.
Bill was born in Rector and raised there by his parents, who he described as “laborers.”