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Shirley Ruth (Allen) Carter

June 29, 1934 ~ October 25, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Shirley Carter Obituary

Shirley Ruth Carter, 89, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on October 25, 2023, in Center, Texas.  She was born on June 29, 1934, in Bebe, Texas, to the late Jesse Allen and Evelyn Ruth (McGinty) Allen. 

Graveside service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

Shirley Ruth grew up in Gonzales County. She graduated from high school and married the love of her life, Bruce Carter, and the two spent many wonderful years together before his passing in 1986.They raised three girls. Shirley Ruth loved listening to music. She enjoyed reading and spending precious time with her grandchildren. Shirley Ruth loved the Lord and served him throughout the years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Shelbyville.

She is survived by her daughters,

Pegie Diane Whitaker of Austin, Texas

Cathy Carter Smith of Shelbyville, Texas

Kayla Carter Bartle and husband David of Whitehouse, Texas



Jason Patterson

Sean Patterson

Kris Maxwell

James “Bo” Smith and wife Chantel

Michael Bartle and wife Julie

Joseph Bartle

Amanda Bartle Tackett and husband Steven 

Caitlan Bartle

Cassidy Bartle



Cheyene Patterson

Dustin Patterson

Tiffany Patterson

Marshall Wayne Patterson

Triston Smith

Karista Smith

Rilynn Smith

Hayden Matthews

Caylen Matthews

Preston Tackett

Joe Bartle

Eli Bartle

Memphis Bartle


Niece and nephews, Shirlene Darnold and husband Victor, Terry Allen and wife Jan, Michael Allen, Cal “Kip” Allen and wife Debbie


Great niece and great nephew,

Victor Darnold Jr. and wife Candice

Shirley Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Carter; parents, Jesse and Evelyn Allen; brother, J.T. “Bubba” Allen Jr.; sister, Marilyn Allen and brother-in-law Calvin Allen; sister-in-law, Iris Allen; and great grandson, David Michael Patterson.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations in loving memory of Mrs. Carter be made to Shelbyville Cemetery, PO Box 453, Shelbyville, Texas, 75973.

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Graveside Service
October 28, 2023

11:00 AM
Shelbyville Cemetery
Hwy 87
Shelbyville, TX 75973


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