Waco: Veterans advocate killed in traffic crash laid to rest

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Robert "Popeye" Carter was remembered Tuesday as a man spent his life helping others.

Carter, a Vietnam-era and Gulf War veteran who advocated for fellow veterans, was laid to rest Tuesday at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen following a service in Waco, a little more than a week after he died in a head-on crash in East Texas.

Carter's youngest son, Nick says his father was a committed, loyal and loving man.

He says the overwhelming love and support of the community has been felt these past few days.

“I'm blown away. So many people came up and talked to us and gave us their condolences. At the view we had over 600 people just come by and give their condolences to us. I'm blown away by how people cared about him and how much life he touched.” Nick Carter said.

Carter is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

"We all want to make a mark on this world, and Robert Carter made his mark, he made a big one," said DeLisa Russell, director of Veterans One Stop in Waco.

You could find Robert "Popeye" Carter in the office every time the doors were open.

As chaplain of Veterans One Stop, he helped build the non-profit geared toward helping veterans into what it is today.

“We've been inundated with calls from so many different people from so many walks of life that have a story to tell about Robert Carter, what he meant to them, and what he meant to the veteran community,” Russell said.

Robert was a Vietnam-era and Gulf War veteran.

"He was actually the person who got to make that judgement call, is this person needing a gas card, is this person needing assistance here," she said, "Popeye, would find a way. If a veteran needed somethng, he would find a way. That veteran may never know it came from Robert Carter, but he would help provide a solution,” Russell said.

Community veterans advocate Bill Mahon was one of Robert's closest friends.

Health issues have left Bill in need of consistent medical care and Robert never forgot him.

"There are too many ways I can go to talk about Robert and his goodness," Mahon said.

“Before he went on vacation he made a stop to bring me some banana bread, and said making sure you have enough banana bread until we get back."