WPI/NTPA has been informed of the passing on Tuesday, May 5 of Jimmy Alton Cartee, 85, of Statesboro, Georgia. Mr. Cartee owned and competed with the "Farmin' Fool" Modified Mini within the Georgia Tractor Pullers Association during that organization's period as an NTPA member state.
An innovator who was the first to bring the "no-till" process to Bulloch County, Mr. Cartee partnered with the area's Young Farmers to present a national event at the Kiwanis Fair Grounds in Statesboro in January 1976 that was later recognized as the GTPA's Pull of the Year. It moved to March in 1977 and served as the finale of the Association's Southern Series that winter.
In the mid-1980s, with the agriculture industry in difficult financial straits, Mr. Cartee converted his pastures to golf courses and began construction of a series of such recreational venues throughout Georgia. His first one, Meadow Lakes, is today the home course of Georgia Southern University.
Farm workers Bennie Saxton and Freddie Holloway were also entrusted to the driving duties aboard the "Farmin' Fool," a Chevrolet-powered Mini.
Mr. Cartee is survived by his wife of 64 years Mary Nell (Deal), his daughter Terri Bland (Mark) and their son Jordan; his son Caleb Cartee (Pam) and his daughters Tifany, Cayla, and Catlyn Cartee; his son Jamey Cartee (Dawn); his son Jimmy Alton (Al) Cartee Jr. and his son Josh and daughter Patsy Cartee; and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Jo Ann Cox, sister-in-law Marie Cartee Williams, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cartee's full obituary may be found here. Moreover, we invite you to read a tribute by one of his honorary pallbearers, The Puller magazine contributor Tracy Waters, who posted the text to his Facebook page.
We express our condolences to the Cartee family on the occasion of their loss.