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December
10
2018

Christmas tree for Dillon

To all of Dillon's faithful family and friends,

We are all thinking of Dillon and the Carter family during this Christmas season.  Please join us in honoring Dillon's memory (if you can) by adding a meaningful ornament, anytime between now and Christmas, to the tree that has been placed in front of the Carter home.  It can be anything that is meaningful to you...it will create a beautiful collage of memories for the Carters...just please ensure it is waterproof as the tree is outdoors.  A huge thank you to this entire community for the love that you have for Dillon and the Carters!  They feel it!

"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Hebrews 4:16

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July
23
2018

Dillon McNeel Carter - Obituary

Dillon McNeel Carter was a friend to all. He demonstrated his love for his Mom, Dad, brothers, and friends through his acts of kindness, compassion, and devotion to them. His smile was genuine and spontaneous, and his laugh was contagious. Dillon was born on April 13, 2000 in Dallas, Texas and went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 19, 2018. Dillon deeply loved his family, friends, neighbors and their children, teachers, and his Old English Sheepdog, Mac. His older brother, Zach, named Dillon the day he was born. Throughout his life Dillon was respectful, polite, and the perfect Southern Gentleman. His manners were always impeccable and evident by his response of “yes sir/ma’am” or “no sir/ma’am,” and standing at the approach of a lady. Dillon had a strong faith and even kept his Bible in his truck. He was active in the youth group at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Among his favorite scriptures was Philippians 4:13. Dillon truly believed that he could do all things through Christ.

Dillon had a zest for life. He was kind, resourceful, pragmatic, assertive, competitive, and strong. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. He was always packed and ready to go to his family’s hunting lease. He never missed an opportunity to hunt or fish, and loved being with his brothers and friends in the outdoors. In addition to the lease, his favorite place to visit was Midland. He loved spending time with his west Texas family. Many memories were made in Midland and Dillon was in awe of the beautiful west Texas sunsets.

Many holiday memories occurred with family and friends. A favorite story about Christmas was when he was in the first grade. Dillon wrote a letter to Santa asking for a dog, mailed it from school, came home and told his parents there was nothing they could do about it. Santa obliged, and Dillon received his dog, Mac, Christmas morning.

Dillon loved to eat and among his favorite foods were rib-eye steaks and patty melts. Dillon could often be found dining at Chips on triple burgers or grilling steaks in his backyard.

Dillon graduated from Highland Park High School in 2018. Dillon was looking forward to attending Texas Tech University and wanted to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a commissioned officer after graduation.

Dillon is survived by his parents, Martha and Paul Carter, brothers; Nick, Zach, and his twin Paul. Grandmother; Jane McNeel Smith, his Uncle Pat and his wife Toni and his cousins, Blake and Neal Carter. His Aunt Elizabeth McNeel Sevcik and her husband, Ric, and his cousins, Andrew Sloan, Alexis and Robert Thompson, Ellie Sevcik, and Luke Sevcik.

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God for every remembrance of you.”

July
21
2018

Information on arrangements for Dillon

Hello to Dillon's faithful family and friends,

First, a message from Martha.  She wants to say again an enormous thank you to this community for your outpouring of prayer, love and support.  She has been reading your messages and they are so touching.  It is a testament to the person Dillon was to see this overwhelming show of love.  He clearly touched so many people in lasting ways and it is beautiful to see his life being honored in such a way.

Here is the plan for the coming days:

Visitation
Tuesday, July 24
4-6 pm
Sparkman Hillcrest

Funeral
Wednesday, July 25
2 pm
Highland Park United Methodist Church - Sanctuary
If you feel so inclined, please wear blue as it was Dillon's favorite color

Graveside Service
Immediately following the funeral.  All are welcome.
Sparkman Hillcrest

Celebration of Dillon's Life
Wednesday, July 25
7-9 pm
The 4100 block of Purdue
The celebration will be held outside, so please change into comfortable clothes following the services.  Again, we invite you to wear blue if you would like to.  If you would like to bring something, please bring an appetizer or dessert item plus anything you would like to drink.  We will be providing burgers, fried catfish, waters, sodas and sides.  All are welcome.

And let's cover our town in blue!  Please wrap a blue ribbon around your front yard tree.

July
20
2018

High School Gathering tomorrow

There will be a gathering of high schoolers tomorrow at 11:30 am at Cox Chapel at HPUMC.  Werm will be counseling the kids through this process of grief.  Casual/come as you are.  If your child is struggling, please send him or her.

July
19
2018

Request for pictures of Dillon

If any of you have pictures of Dillon you would like to share, please send them to Jamie Saylors at 214-436-9911 or c.saylors@att.net.

Thank you!

July
19
2018

7/19

To all of Dillon's faithful family and friends,

It is with broken hearts that we tell you that our sweet Dillon went to be with his Lord Jesus today.  We are so grateful for the wonderful 18 years that God gave him to us to love and enjoy.  We may not understand, but He needed him in Heaven more than He needed him here with us.  As his brother Paul said, we know he is playing ball with Mack and eating as many patty melts as he wants!

As you can imagine, the family needs time to grieve their terrible loss.  We will not be holding a prayer vigil at the Carter home tonight and we ask that you give the family some space as they navigate the painful path of grief.  We know how many of you want to do something to help and we will post a Care Calendar soon.  In the meantime, please pray for peace for the family.  As Matt Tuggle so eloquently said yesterday, although we may be tempted to desperately seek the answer to "why" in this situation, the better question is to look around and ask "how" is God working through all of this.  Dillon is a part of His big and wonderful plan that remains a mystery to us here on earth.

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid:  Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

July
19
2018

7/18 at 7:45 pm

Hello to Dillon's faithful family and friends,

What an amazing vigil tonight.  So many people there to show love to Dillon and the Carters.  And Matt Tuggle's words were inspirational, comforting and hopeful.  Thank you to all who could be there.  And thanks to those who sent prayers and love from afar.  All of it is felt and all of it is so appreciated.

Please continue to keep Dillon and the family in your prayers tonight.  The nights can be long and knowing they are covered in prayer is such a comfort.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4

July
18
2018

PrayerVigil today - 7/18 at 6:00pm

Just a quick reminder that we will be holding a prayer vigil outside the Carters' home at 6:00 pm.  Please come if you can make it.  Matt Tuggle of HPUMC will be leading us in prayer.  If you can not join us, please pray with us from afar if you can!

The prayer vigil will not last long, but please dress for the weather.  It is very hot outside!