Bill Carter channeled passion into sports photography, Rock M Nation

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 9:09 p.m. CDT; updated 8:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 30, 2014

COLUMBIA — In November, Rock M Nation sports photographer Bill Carter shot two football games in the same day. After his hometown Marceline Tigers were beaten 41-0 by Valle Catholic at the Missouri Class 1 State Championship in St. Louis, Carter drove 120 miles back to Columbia to photograph Missouri's game against the Texas A&M Aggies later that night. Missouri fared better than Marceline had that morning, winning 28-21. Carter’s camera was there to capture the action.

Rock M Nation manager Bill Connelly said Mr. Carter’s camera was usually one of the largest on press row.



“When he loved something, you knew it,” Connelly, said. “He loved Missouri, he loved photography, he loved Marceline. He was ridiculously reliable, and he loved us.”

Tomorrow, Mr. Carter won't be on the Faurot Field sidelines when the Tigers start their season against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

Mr. Carter died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Macon, Mo. He was 56.

William “Bill” Joseph Carter was born Dec. 11, 1957, in Kirksville, Mo., to George and Cecelia (Mitch) Carter. He married Patricia Anne Stanley on May 20, 1988.

When Mr. Carter wasn’t working as a computer information systems manager at Moore Fans in Marceline or attending service at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, he was out taking pictures and developing them.

Connelly said Mr. Carter would always stop by and have a chat and a beer with him before Missouri games, picking up their conversation right from their last meeting. Connelly said Mr. Carter would be “working to put pictures up by 2 a.m.”

Connelly met Mr. Carter through the MU Tiger Board forum and referred to him as his "Internet dad."

“He was able to create bonds with people,” Connelly said. “He could talk to you about anything.”

Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Patricia Anne Carter; his sons, Tim Burch and Tera Werths, Warrensburg, Mo., Josh and Megan Burch, Holts Summit, Mo., John and Missy Burch, Jefferson City, Mo., and Joe and Raluca Burch, Amesbury, Mass.; daughters, Amy and Michael Powell, Kearney, Mo., Heather and Trent Seal, Norman, Okla., Amy and Josh Dinwiddie, Olathe, Kan., and Jenny and Brad Gilbertson, Macon; two brothers, Rob and Mike Carter, both of New Cambria, Mo.; three sisters, Jean and Roy Schimming, of Pickering, Mo., Carol and Greg Burstert of New Cambria, and Patrice and Steve Cook of Blackwater, Mo.; and 16 grandchildren, Tyler, Seth, Emma, Mason, Delaney, Kadee, Zoey, Piffy, Foster, Aylia, Rogun, Isaac, Ian, Ray, Austin and Lexie.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Marceline. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery of New Cambria.

Memorial contributions can be made to Food Bank of Central and Northeastern Missouri in care of Delaney Funeral Home, 1720 N. Missouri Ave., Marceline Mo., 64658.

Supervising editor is Hunter Woodall.

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