Teacher, university professor; civic leader. Born– May 21, 1922, Springville, Miss. Parents– David and Mary Annie (McCutcheon) Tunnell. Married– John Thomas Carter, March 16, 1946. Children– Two. Education– Attended Blue Mountain College; Wood Junior College, A.A., 1942; University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., 1946; University of Tennessee, M.S., 1948; University of Illinois, Ed.D., 1954; postgraduate study at Ursuline College, 1961, Dayton University, 1963 and Florida State University, 1970. Taught in elementary and high schools and junior colleges in Mississippi; worked for an airplane manufacturing company in Birmingham during WWII: Samford University professor, 1956-84; national executive director, Kappa Delta Epsilon, 1987-2003; president, Carter and Carter Consultants, 1987-2004. Active in numerous organizations and civic activities, including the Civil Air Patrol (attained rank of lieutenant colonel) and teaching of English as a Second Language. Founded the American Rosie the Riveter Association, 1998. Writer for Baptist Brotherhood Commission and North American Mission Board. Elected to Alabama Silver Haired Legislature. Honors– Special Service award from the American Red Cross, 1962. Birmingham Woman of the Year, 1977; Birmingham Volunteer of the Year, 1980; named to Senior Citizen Hall of Fame, 2002; with her husband received the Hoover Chamber of Commerce Freedom Award, 2006.


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Chung Fu and Jim. Birmingham, Ala.; Woman’s Missionary Union, Southern Baptist Convention. 1977.

Sammy in the Country. Atlanta; Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convertion, 1960.

Teachers Guide for Mission Books. Nashville; Convention Press, 1969.

‘Tween-age Ambassadors. Nashville; Convention Press, 1970.


Papers and other materials of Frances Tunnell Carter are held by the Special Collections Department of the Samford University Library.