Mary Theresa Tyler and Charles Oscar Carter were married in Ray City, GA on December 26, 1922. The Bainbridge Post – Search Light ran the story:
The Bainbridge Post – Search Light
December 26, 1922
TYLER _ CARTER
A quiet wedding of Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock was that of Miss Mary Theresa Tyler and Mr. Charles O. Carter, of Climax, in the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Tyler of Ray City. This marriage will be of very cordial interest to the many firends of both parties in and around Bainbridge. Mrs. Carter, as Miss Mary Tyler, was a lovely and popular girl here [Bainbridge], where she spent most of her time in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tonge. Mrs. Carter was also a member of the faculty of the public schools. The groom is a member of a mercantile firm in Climax, and belongs to one of the old prominent families of the county.
The wedding announcement made the Atlanta papers, too!
The Atlanta Constitution
January 2, 1923
Miss Tyler is Bride of Mr. Carter
Milltown, Ga. December 28 – Miss Mary Tressa Tyler, of Ray City, and Charles Oscar Carter, of Climax, were married by Rev J. Frank Snell, of Milltown, at the home of the bride in Ray City Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the presence of a few relatives and friends.
Immediately after the ceremony the young couple left for Valdosta. They will make their home in Climax.
Miss Tyler is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Tyler of Ray City. She is a beautiful and popular young lady. She has been teaching school in Bainbridge for the past two years. Mr. Carter is a popular young business man of Climax., being engaged in the mercantile business there with his brother.
The bride, Mary Theresa Tyler, was born in Quitman, GA, a daughter of Mary L Knight and John M. Tyler. She was a granddaughter of Levi J. Knight, Jr., and a great granddaughter of John Knight. Mary Theresa Tyler came with her parents to Rays Mill (now Ray City), GA from Quitman, GA sometime before 1917. The family home was on Jones Street, next door to the residence of business owner J. Fred Hinely. Her father, John M. Tyler, was employed as a salesman in one of the general merchantile stores of Ray’s Mill. He was a founding member of the Ray City Methodist Church, and helped to draw the plans and construct the original wooden church building, along with Lucious Clements, W.M. Creech, Will Terry, and Mr. Patterson.
Mary T. Tyler attended high school, at least in part, in Bainbridge while living with her sister and brother-in-law Mr. & Mrs. Tonge.
After graduating high school, Mary herself became a teacher at age 19 and taught in the Bainbridge, GA schools.
The Groom, Charles Oscar Carter, was a son of Lucy Callie Carter and William Carter, a prominent merchant of Climax, GA. Charles O. Carter was born July 27,1893 in Matthews, AL and had come to Climax with his parents as a young boy. As a young man, he was described as medium height, stout build, with blue eyes and light colored hair. He was employed with his father, as a clerk in the family mercantile business in Climax, GA.
After marriage, the couple made their home in Climax, GA. By the time of the 1930 census, Charles and Mary had two children; Charles Oscar Carter, Jr., age 6, and Carolyn Carter, age 2. Their house was valued at $2500 dollars, making it among the grander homes of Climax. The census noted that they owned a radio, one of only a dozen such sets in the entire town. Mary’s widowed mother Mary L. Tyler, was also living in the Carter household in Climax; her father had died of pneumonia and heart problems on February 26, 1930 and was buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, GA. Mary’s mother, Mary L. Tyler, died September 13, 1934 and was buried next to her husband in Ray City.
The 1940 census found the Carters, Charles, Mary and the children, still residing in Climax, GA. They owned a home on Lee Street valued at $1800 dollars. Charles “Charlie” Carter was operating his grocery store, while Mary was a homemaker. Their son, Charles, Jr., was a freshman in high school, and daughter Carolyn was in 6th grade.
- Two Fires Strike Ray City
- A Brief History of the Ray City Methodist Church
- Reverend Joseph Frank Snell, Pastor of the Ray City Methodist Church
- L.E. Lastinger and the two Captains Knight
- 1922 Ray City Elections