Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Jimmy Ray Carty, Jr.

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, May 26, 2005

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Reflections for Trooper Jimmy Ray Carty, Jr.

Trooper Carty
Keep a close watch over your kids as they grow up in this crazy world. They and your brothers and sisters of the thin blue line will keep your memory alive and never left behind.

(Retired) Member
Thin Blue Line

November 24, 2008

Dear Jimmy,

I never met you, but you have met my husband, BJ now in heaven with you. He was killed about eight months after you while serving as a State Trooper. What I have learned about you from your wife, I have a feeling you and BJ would have gotten along great. You never know, ya'll are probably best buds now! Through the loss of our husbands, Christy and I have become great friends that share something that not a whole lot of friends share in common. God has connected us for something great. We don't always know the why's, but God will in time reveal his plan to us. Keep watching over your babies and loving wife who has done nothing but honor you. She loves you so much. You will always be remembered.

Tara Zachary Pack
wife of Billy Jack Zachary EOW 1-1-06

November 24, 2008

Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting Jimmy, I would like to note my appreciation for the unselfish job he performed for his community. Jimmy can be so proud of his beautiful family and the love they have for him. He will always be remembered.

Ginger MacMicking, EVP
The 100 Club of Central Texas

November 24, 2008

Knowing Jimmy was a great pleasure. I met him while working as a dispatcher for LPD. Jimmy would almost always come in at least 3 times a week to visit with us that were on shift while he was working for the Smith County Sheriff's Department. I remember him standing in the doorway and he always had a smile to share with everyone. Though time has passed since his death, his memory will always remain. I still make it a point to visit the cemetary time to time as I'm sure others do. To the family of Jimmy, I wish you the best during this holiday season.

Jessica - Court Clerk
City of Lindale

November 24, 2008

I am not sure where to begin as I write this reflection about Jimmy.
To Christy, I will never have the right words to say to you concerning your loss of such a wonderful man, your husband. I loved Jimmy very much and admired his gentle way with children, both my son and his own children. His smile was always encouraging and his words were always uplifting. Watching him on the football field and the baseball field working with our children was phenomenal. There isn't a child or a parent who hasn't suffered because Jimmy was taken from all of us far too early. Your family's last Christmas photo remains on our fridge to this day and we look at it often.
To his children, I would like to say that your father is always watching over you and looks forward to watching you grow and succeed in this life. I don't get to see you often enough but LOVE getting to see you when I do. You are all such precious blessings to your mother and you are a living legacy and wonderful walking tributes to your father.
May God bless you all and watch over you all until you are in your daddy's arms again. He's waiting.....

Heidi Moore
Friend

November 24, 2008

Jimmy,
I miss you so very much, just like everyone does. I know you are so very proud of Christy and the kids. Bryce is growing up to be a wonderful young man and I know you are watching over him. You may not be with us physically, however I know you are here with us in spirit and that you are watching over everyone. Maddie is the most beautiful little girl, who is growing up so fast, and Justice, wow….before you know it, he and Bryce are going to be “gentle giants” also. Keep watching over them and keep your guiding hands on them and keep them safe. If they all grow up to be ½ the man you were…this world is going to be 3 times more wonderful. I wish I could tell you, just what you really meant to me, to all of us. You left us all too soon. I guess God needed a great officer, wonderful man and father more than we did. It’s just very hard to take and understand sometimes. I know that I will understand someday. I know that you are in a much better place, where it is so wonderful, but there will always be a missing piece to our hearts, where you should be. You will continue to be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers and always on our minds. You will always be missed and loved deeply

Christy,
Chris, you know what Jimmy meant to me. I’m just blessed that I got to share in your lives together for that short time. I feel so honored. Thank you for letting me share that wonderful experience with you. We’ve been through a lot girl, a whole lot and I always want you to know that I will always be here for you!!!!

Bryce, Maddie, and Justice,
Your mom met your dad, while she was working my shift one-day, because I was sick. Me being sick, turned out to be a blessing!!!! Shortly after that your mom, became one of the happiest people on earth. I remember one day when your dad came into the PD and called me “nay-nay”, I had not been called that in years. I knew then that your dad, was a true blessing to this world. I also knew at that very moment why your mom was so happy. Your dad was the type of person whose appearance would make you think that you would never want to meet him in a dark alley. However he was just a “gentle giant” and if I had to be in a dark alley, I would want your dad to be in that alley with me. I got the privilege to be in your mom and dad’s wedding and I would never trade that for the world. Your mom and dad were just meant to be together. They were so much in love.

Many people miss your dad. He was a lot of things to a lot of different people. However, his most important and favorite job was being a father to ya’ll. You kids were the light of his life. He loves ya’ll so very much, always remember that your dad is still here with you….in your hearts, always. He was an awesome man, and that’s an understatement. It is so very hard to describe all the things he was to everyone, other than saying he was everything, to everyone, but the one thing that he enjoyed the most was being your father. He will always be with you. Your dad was (is) so very proud of each of you.

Your dad had this personality about him that was so unbelievable. When you met him, you just knew you had a friend for life. He had this wonderful, great big bear hug that he would give you that made all your worries go away. He could make you feel so safe and secure and that everything would be just fine. He just had a wonderful heart of gold.

He put his heart and soul into everything he did, from his job to his family to all the sports he had a hand in. He wanted so badly to become a State Trooper and he succeeded. He only wanted to “serve and protect” which takes a special person. He was one heck of a Sheriff’s Deputy also, he did his job, plus some and he loved to be able to help others with their problems. He was there for “anyone” who needed his help. I know he just wanted you kids to be as proud of him as he was of you. Ya’ll were his life. Ya’ll were his “everything.” He wanted the very best for each one of you. You have a father, whom you can be so very proud of.

Your dad was a fantastic father, wonderful husband and a great friend. I will never forget that friendship and I thank God for letting me share your dad. I only hope that I can be the type of friend to ya’ll and your mom that he was to so many people. I know he was taken from ya’ll way too soon, but he left behind friends and family who love you very much. We will try to continue to fill his shoes, (even though they are some big shoes to fill) and it will take all of us to fill his shoes. A lot of people (family, friends and law enforcement family) admired your dad and loved him very much. Your dad will always be here with us. Always remember that he was a man to be admired and looked up too, (and not just because he was so tall) He was just an outstanding man!!!! He loved each of you very much, ALWAYS remember that!

I love each of you very much!!!!

Nay nay



Matthew 5: 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Job well done, good and faithful servant.

Jimmy, once again, I miss you daily and you have some wonderful kids you can be very proud of.

Rene Kennedy
Lindale Police Dept

November 23, 2008

Although I only got to meet you once, when you picked up a puppy for your mother -in-law, I immediately sensed you were a kind and loving man. You were very much at ease with me and very friendly. Since you've been gone ,I have become great friends with your mother-in-law,( who thought the world of you),as well as her whole family. Chrissy is a wonderful person and your kids are to be proud of. I especially love little Maddy and Justice,as I have seen them more often. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful and will light up any room she's in. Then there's Justice,who has completely captured my heart ,with his beautiful smile. And Bryce is very protective of his sister and brother. What a wonderful boy...he will make you proud. I wished I had had a chance to know you better but through your family and children ,I feel I know you. Rest in peace and know that many people love your family and are watching over them.

Judy Woodcock
family friend

November 23, 2008

Daddy I love you and wish you could come back!
Merry Christmas! Mommy put your stuff up in the house so everyone could see it. Bryce loves you. I don't want to forget you. Jesus will take care of you. Momma loves you. I wish you could come back. And Justice loves you. Happy holidays. We love you very, very much! Jesus loves you! I remember that you loved us. We got to see your grave.
Love Maddy

Maddy
Daughter

November 22, 2008

I sit here reflecting on the few years that have passed, the heartaches, the new friendships that have been made through the loss of our loved ones and I can't help but be saddened over the hard times we have had to endure. But I also can't help but think about the awesome God we serve. I don't know why my husband was taken and what purpose that is suppose to serve but I can only remember that God has a divine purpose and plan for our lives. I am very thankful for the friendship I have made throughout these hard times, for it is those friendships and love from family that has strengthened me. Daddy, I miss you each day! I long to see you, feel you and hear your voice. I know you are in a much better place but my human nature is to be selfish and want you here with your family. The "blessings" miss you. Your mom is right, Maddy can forsure give us some of your looks! She is such an awesome daughter you would be so proud of her Honey! Bryce is growing into such a young man, he has a lot of issues with you being gone but he continues to grow and he is learning to rely on God. He makes me laugh Honey, he reminds me of you two watching those stupid goof ball movies and laughing so hard. He can't help but have your personality, yours was so strong it just kind of leaves a life long lasting impression on a person! Justice, well he has your smile and your disposition. He is so sweet, most of the time lol, he is like you, you just can't help but love him! I take joy in telling the story ever time someone asks me how we came up with the name Justice. I tell them I didn't, Jimmy did. He came home from working at the sheriffs department, he learned he was being accepted into the DPS program and said he wanted to name his son Justice Ray Carty. I said what happened to Jimmy Ray Carty III? He said," I want my son to be named Justice, I want him to have a law enforcement name". I tell them that you were so proud of being part of an agency that works so hard to protect their state and the people in it, that you wanted to name your son Justice, because that is what your job was, little did I know that I would be spending the next several years fighting for justice for you. I will never give up on your justice Honey! You fought to better your family, you changed your whole life for us and yourself. Your eating habits, everything. You trained every single day just to get ready for the DPS program. I will not let justice go undone for you. I will continue to gain justice against that Lt. I can tell you that DPS did do the right thing and discontinued the boxing matches, it took them a little bit but they did it. I can at least sleep a little better knowing that no other wife, child or trooper trainee will have to worry about losing her husband, their daddy or his life from a stupid boxing match. Well my love I'm sorry it took me more than three and half years to write on your wall, I just didn't want to have to be leaving you this message, a message that you will never get to read. But I did want to honor you, I mean what can I say, you are my biggest hero and my big daddy! I love you daddy and I'll always miss you but I must let you go now as a wife, for God has plans for me here on earth. I can't be the wife God intended me to be to Dustin if I'm still a wife to you. I will see you again in Heaven my love! Until then I will continue to strive to be the mother God has intended me to be to our three blessings and the wife God intended me to be for Dustin. I'm sorry I don't get to faithfully be just yours forever. Forever you will stay in my heart love. Loving you always "momma"

Christy Carty-Mauk Widow to
Trooper Jimmy Carty Jr. EOW 5-26-05

Christy Carty-Mauk
Wife

November 22, 2008

I think about Jimbo every time I see a DPS trooper, there are two guys here in Waxahachie that were in his class. I see them from time to time and we have discussed the connection that i have to them. Although we miss him, we know that he is a better place than we are. We always get together around the hollidays in Heavener and we will talk about the good times and sing and reflect.

damon bentley
cousin

November 18, 2008

Uncle Bubba,
I know I was only 12 when you passed, but I still remember everything clearly. I have so many memories of you from when I was a little girl. I remember you picking up Jeffrey and I in your cop car, and you coming over to Mimi's in your police uniform. You were always like another dad to me, and for that I thank you so very much. I was your first neice, and I am grateful for that. I think about you every day, and I have a picture of you holding me as a baby. I miss you so much, but I know you are in heaven with God, and my memories of you will always keep you alive in my heart.
Love you Bubba!
Miranda

Anonymous

October 6, 2008

RIP and know that you will always be remembered by those who know and love you.

Anonymous

October 5, 2008

My dear sweet Jimmy, It has now been 3+ years since you were taken so suddenly from our lives. Your sweet little "blessings" are all we have left to physically feel your presence. You would be so proud of those little angels. Justice has your personality and Maddy can give us some of those "Jimmy" looks. She looks more like you. We love them so much, and will never let them forget you. Maddy tries to remember, but Justice only has our memories. I love you forever, I love for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be. Not a day goes by, but I don't think of you. Sometimes I even feel your presence. I know you are safe now, but I miss your big bear hugs. It was once said you know when Jimmy hugs you, he means it. Love you forever, Mom.

Mom, Sue Carty
Mother

June 28, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 3, 2008

MAN!! its already been 2 years i cant believe it, im so used to getting to see u at the reunions smiling and laughing with uncle todd, aunt sue came to aunt lindas a while ago and i got to see the new pictures of mattie and justice they look just like u jimbo! mattie is so pretty.. its hard to believe that u are goin!!! we miss u man and hope to see u again.

chris
cuz

November 1, 2007

Bryce, Its Austin from dc just wanna make sure u r having fun . write back about Ryan we lost the baby but it was a boy. see u in D.C.

austin Henley
friend

October 28, 2007

Christy and Bryce,

Thank you for spending the week with me at COPS Kids Camp. It was my honor to spend time with you and I hope it helped in some litte way. Jimmy Ray you have a beautiful son who is growing into a fine, respectful, young man and you would be very proud of him. Your wife is doing a wonderful job raising him. Christy and Bryce I hope to see you again at future get togethers..God Bless you and you family.

Todd (Mr. Todd)

Todd Thomas
Green Bay PD /COPS KIds Camp

August 5, 2007

When I was in the 6th grade, Jimmy was a neighbor to my best friend's family. He was a friend of her older brother. Jimmy became my first "official" boyfriend at that time and we shared special moments in the hallways of JW Holloway Middle School in Whitehouse, TX. His signature is in my yearbook with some sort of cheesy middle-school boyfriend type of enscription. Although our "relationship" was one of the many short-lived ones of those silly middle school years (I think we "dated" for about a month), I never forgot Jimmy & his sweet, kind nature.

I wish I had found this page much sooner, as it has now been more than 2 years since Jimmy's death. I cried for his wife & family when I saw the news the day Jimmy died...and I ache for them still. You see, my own husband was a police officer, too. After 10 1/2 years of law enforcement service, he retired & became a full time pastor, but he never served a day that I didn't fear getting 'the phone call' that all cops' wives worry about. I am blessed that I didn't receive that call, but we came close on several occasions when he was injured in the line of duty & required a trip to the ER. When my husband's years in law enforcement ended, I praised the Lord for protecting him.

To Christy & your children, Jimmy's parents & family, please accept my deepest condolences & sympathy for your very great loss. Jimmy made the ultimate sacrifice. I am honored to have known Jimmy all those years ago & look forward to seeing him again when I walk through the Pearly Gates one day!

Liz Reeves
friend of Jimmy's

July 23, 2007

Jimmy,
Saw your family at the Peace Officer Memorial the other day. Just wanted you to know that it looks like they're doing OK but I know they, like the rest of us, miss you tremendously. Wanted to tell that even though I only got to work with you for a year or so on the nightshift, I wanted to thank you for the HONOR and PRIVILEGE to have served with you and to have become your friend and brother. I'll always have that honor Jimmy because as you know, honor never grows old. Always remember my brother that we will never forget you and we will carry on the good fight.

Det. R. Rathbun
Smith County Sheriff's Office

May 29, 2007

I look forward to meeting you in Paradise some day. I
love this Chris Rice song titled Untitled Hymn.

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall...so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

Your memory is alive and well. Healing will only come
when those whose faith is in Christ will meet you on the
other side. Until then, we rejoice that you are with the
Savior and the cares of this earth are far from you!
Lynn Kole
Washington State

May 26, 2007

I went to the Capital today to honor you and your family. May God keep you close as I pray for those you had to leave behind.

Terry Donovan,spouse of Amy Lynn Donovan EOW 31 October 2004

May 7, 2007

Jimbo,

I think of you every single day and today was no exception. I miss you, I love you and I will never forget your enormous smile and your generous, loving, humble attitude. I thank God for the time that he allowed you to be a part of our family's life. I hope you knew what you meant to me while you were here.

Love always,

Tara

Tara Kilgore
Sister

March 17, 2007

No one could ever accuse you of running your mouth, you were always the quiet one. We considered it a personal point of pride to be the one who could make you laugh. We would all sit on our bunks telling jokes and stories, trying to get you to break. I haven't met a more gentle or devoted person than you. I still remember getting smoked out on the PT field late Friday when we were supposed to be released. Your family watched from the parking lot for 3 hours while they wore us out. I remember thinking what a lucky man that was whose family would come all the way to Austin, just to visit for a few hours. You were the best of us all, and I'm better for knowing you.

Trooper Conan R. Hauck
TXDPS Class A-05

March 15, 2007

Jimmy,God Bless You. I wanted you to know that we have not forgotten you here. We love you. Thank you for fufilling our motto Courtesy-Servie-Protection. Rest in peace.

POLICE TELECOMMUNICATOR ERIN POWELL
TX DEPT OF PUBLIC SAFETY-HIGHWAY PATROL

March 9, 2007

Dear Carty Family,

It's been over a year since you lost your husband, father, and son. I cannot begin to comprehend the loss of such an incredible man. I knew him for only a short time as he coached my son along with his own son on the football field. I feel honored and blessed to have known Jimmy for as long as I did and I am more honored to be a friend of his wife. I consider it a true blessing to enjoy watching Maddie and Justice grow up in our small town. I still enjoy watching Bryce on the football field where I know Jimmy is watching over him and coaching him from above. When I look into the small and innocent faces of Maddie and Justice I see Jimmy's spirit and love. When I see Christy holding those sweet babies while watching Bryce play football I know that Jimmy is sitting along side of them and cheering ever so proudly like any father would.
Jimmy may be gone but he is not forgotten. His wonderful spirit and his huge smile will live on in the little boys he coached and his own children he left behind. As for his wife, Christy, I wish you nothing but courage, strength, love and hope. Thank you for sharing your family with mine and allowing me to express my heartfelt message to you.

Love to you all,
Heidi Moore
Van, TX.
Jimmy's Biggest Fan

Heidi Moore
Close family friend

November 12, 2006

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