In Loving Memory of Maurice Carter

In my almost 28 years of life, I don’t think I’ve encountered anyone who was more kind, gentle and genuine than Maurice Carter.

It feels like my world has been rocked since the moment late Saturday night that I learned he was missing. Even though I hadn’t seen Maurice in over ten years, I was always happy to see his Facebook updates in my feed or hear others mention him when we talked about “the old days”. It was comforting to know that he was out there, using his gifts to bless others and quietly becoming a role model to people all over the world, just like he had been to me. The world was a better place with Maurice in it.

When I got the message that he had passed away from a heart attack, my heart broke, as did many of yours, I’m sure. After recovering from the initial shock, I thought to myself, “Even though he died young, it’s a blessing we got to keep him as long as we did.”
There was no moment of questioning God for me. I knew that him moving on meant that he had accomplished what he was destined to do in this life. I could almost see him in heaven, teaching new praises to angels with that smile on his face that we all loved so much. I counted the time I spent with him as an honor.
I know that finding peace in his death will be difficult for some of you who knew him, but I pray that in time, you will find it. Maurice would want you to.

One thing that struck me as I watched the local news coverage about his passing is that most people only knew one part of Maurice’s life. The story talked about how involved with his church in Nashville he was, how he was a vocalist for Wynonna Judd and about his recent trip to Japan to help raise money for tsunami relief. Through tears, I found myself thinking, “Man, they don’t even know about what he did for all of the kids in Rock Solid.” As I looked through all the comments on his Facebook wall (which has become more of a memorial to this extraordinary man), I realized that we kids from Rock Solid have no idea how many others he inspired.

There are endless stories about how Maurice was there for people when they needed a friend, advice or just a good laugh. He always seemed to have a knack for showing up at just the right time.

The following are comments left for/about Maurice on his Facebook:

Dion Edge in Tennessee:
Maurice, you were an Angel sent to show me the light in my darkest time of need…I will never forget the day we met and I cherish the time we did spend together. It was an honor to know you and share the stage with you. I love you bro and my prayers go out to your wonderful loving family. Goodbye my sweet friend.

Paul Abraham in Indiana:
You will be missed… I don’t have the words to fully express the impact you made on my life.. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t met you, Mo… We braved a hurricane together.. We sat back and laughed in it’s face on my back porch.. Maurice was always so sure and happy.. He loved his family like no one I have ever seen.. His faith in God was an inspiration to everyone he met.. I’ll see you again someday, my friend

Ivy Jean Bacani-So:
My heart grieves. When I was in college at MBC/MACU — far away from home, God sent an angel, Maurice Carter, to comfort me. Although many of us knew him by his incredible musical gifts, I also knew he expressed himself best through his smile. Maurice’s face popping smile, humility, and personality easily pulled friends into his life. While in college, we sang, we laughed, we prayed and cried together. I am so deeply blessed to have spent time with this angel. 
Maurice, you will be missed so much. Thank you for sharing your gifts. You’ve touched so many in your short stay. Keep smilin’, keep singin’ — till we see each other again.

Diane Sheets in Tennessee:
My heart grieves. When I was in college at MBC/MACU — far away from home, God sent an angel, Maurice Carter, to comfort me. Although many of us knew him by his incredible musical gifts, I also knew he expressed himself best through his smile. Maurice’s face popping smile, humility, and personality easily pulled friends into his life. While in college, we sang, we laughed, we prayed and cried together. I am so deeply blessed to have spent time with this angel. 
Maurice, you will be missed so much. Thank you for sharing your gifts. You’ve touched so many in your short stay. Keep smilin’, keep singin’ — till we see each other again.

Brent Brunson in Tennessee:
Hard to put into words how I much I love and respect you, Maurice. You always said I was your little brother, and even though I’m sure you had lots of “little brothers,” you always encouraged me and made me feel special. Thank you for the tremendous blessing you have been to me and my family. Your impact on my life and many others will live on as we all serve the Lord. Praying for your family, while you’re worshiping in the Presence of the Lord! Love you, big bro.

Bradley Weidner in Tennessee:
Now that the reality that you are gone from this earth has sunk in, i can replace my tears with words. I will FOREVER cherish those few times we had together alone and regret that we didn’t have more. Thank you for being there when i was at one of the lowest points in my life, and you held me and caressed me as i can only imagine how Jesus would have. Miss you and cannot wait to see you again! Now, you can, “Sing Sing Sing and make music with the heavens……Lift high the name of Jesus!”

Micah Hyman:
The many pranks we played on each other as roommates, the nights you would belly flop on me after I was asleep and you just finished dorm room checks, the countless hours we stayed up talking after you woke me up. Memories I will never forget. Most of all how you saw a person filled with so much hate and cared enough to befriend him and help him move forward. Thank you for your Christ like love and friendship. Till we meet again.

That is only a fraction of the hundreds of things I’ve read about Maurice in less than 24 hours.  If I had the means, I would travel the world collecting the memories each of us have of Mo, placing them on film so that we could all cherish them. I imagine his impact reaches much further than we can even imagine. One thing is for certain though, no matter where he was, Maurice Carter loved others, loved God and will never be forgotten.

As for my story, Maurice was my choir director/voice instructor from my pre-teens through high school before he moved to Tennessee. My story is similar to other kids he lead in choir (Global Youth Culture.. or GYC). He taught us to worship and praise our Creator. He spoke into our lives, telling us how awesome we are and how the Lord has a very specific and important plan for all of us. He made us laugh. He taught us to sing – including getting me to keep my neck from inevitably leaning to the left to hit certain notes for no reason at all. He shared in some of the best moments of our lives when he took us on a choir tour through Texas in 1996. He was a shining example of God’s love.
I can honestly say that without Maurice’s leadership and friendship in my most pivitol years, I wouldn’t be who I am today. As another GYC kid, James Jackson, put it, “I loved you in life and will honor your memory… your mark on this world will never be diminished… your mark on my life will never be forgotten…”

We love you, Mo.. Always and forever.

Funeral arrangement are as follows:

VISITATION
Hickory Chapel — Saturday, June 11, 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Christ Church — Sunday, June 12, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

SERVICE
Christ Church — Sunday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.
Internment to follow at Christ Church Memorial Gardens

For those of you who are unable to make the trip, the service will also be streamed live on Christ Church’s website.

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8 thoughts on “In Loving Memory of Maurice Carter

  1. Maurice thank you for giving your all to God. We will see you again one day soon. Until then I will listen for your voice ringing out amoungst the angels. You were an Angel here now you have earned wings. Rest High, Praise God for the pure rare gift he gave us through you. May we carry on your flame to light the way.

  2. I met Maurice over 10 years ago when he first visited Christ Church in Nashville.
    I had the privledge of hearing his Testimony and seeing how God can change lives.
    Maurice was a living testimony that God is alive and working in our lives every day. We just have to have open eyes and ears.
    I will never forget the impact Maurice made in my life, and look forward to seeing him again one Glorious Day!
    Rest in peace my dear friend!
    ARB- Huntsville

  3. Imet Maurice several years the ago when my childre was at MABC in Okla. City He came to Springfeild , Ohio to sing at my daugters wedding.I can understand how one man has made such impact on so many live by Giving!
    Bro. Applin

  4. I remember when I first met Maurice at Cathedral of Praise in 1994. We was the Minister of music and he was true blessing to all of the kids of Rock Solid. He loved God and served him to the fullest. He made such an impact on so many lives. I got saved in the Rock Solid Ministry a long time ago. He has left a huge legacy for some many of us and he has touched so many of us. I had been searching for Maurice for years. I spoke to him last year and let him know how much his ministry has done for so many. God bless you Maurice.

    Robert – Tulsa, OK

  5. reetings to you in the most highly exalted name of our Lord and
    Savior Jesus christ dear rev. pastor . in christ . Iam
    pastor david chakri from India…in the state of AndhraPredesh city
    vijayawada.

    .. I am doing
    Gospel Evangelism work for the last 3 years by faith.. I am doing
    Gospel work is mainly done in rural, tribal and remote slum areas in india.there are lot of oprhen childrens are there in these areas ( suffering with out food and clothes and proper education and shelter)

    … I need your encouragement and prayer.and your kindly helping hand for this orphens in india

    let god leads you to India kindly visit me and my church in vijayawada
    state of AndhraPredesh in India to preach and teach in Churches and in
    Gospel meetings.

    Please join your hands in to save the Precious souls in india for
    Jesus Christ…
    With our Best Regards yours faithfully pastor david chakri india

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