Joe Wilbur Carver, 93 of Tarpon Springs, Florida, formerly of Dimmitt, Texas, passed away, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, with his loving daughter at his side.
As a child in Vigo Park, Texas, he helped his family with their farm and livestock. Joe got his first horse when he was 8 years old, and over the years, he was a trainer and owner of hundreds of racehorses. For many years, he was a member of the New Mexico Horseman Association and was known by many in the horse racing paddocks and stables throughout New Mexico and Texas.
Joe graduated from Plainview High School in 1945; he attended West Texas State through 1946; and graduated from the University of Texas in 1949. He received a BS in Pharmacy and was in the top 6% of his graduating class. At UT, he taught pharmacology and conducted pharmaceutical research. He started out in retail pharmacy in Galveston Texas in the early 1950’s. He had a small shrimp boat which awakened his love for the water and fishing. This is where he met his wife, Marilyn Dawson. He served in the US Army, before receiving an honorable medical discharge due to previous damage to his arm from bone infections as a boy. In the late 50’s, he continued in retail pharmacy in Dell City, Texas and Plainview, Texas.
In 1963, their daughter, Evelyn Ruth was born, and they adopted a son, Bill. They moved to Dim-mitt, Texas and established Carver Pharmacy, where he made lifelong friendships. He sold his pharmacy in the late 1970’s to a dear friend’s son, Garland Coleman, and expanded his pharmacy career as he offered pharmacy consulting services to hospitals and nursing homes throughout the Texas Panhandle and Hill Country. He was honored by the state of Texas for being licensed as a Registered Pharmacist for over 60 years. Also, a Registered Pharmacist in Florida for over 40 years.
He loved fishing with his friends, cooking, playing golf, gardening, raising cattle, and taking care of his animals.
He was proud of his Cherokee heritage from his maternal grandmother, Sarah Alabama Palmer, a full blood Cherokee. Joe had a love for Native American Art and enjoyed collecting pieces directly from New Mexico artisans.
His last six years were spent in Florida with his daughter, Evelyn Kikta, son-in-law Tim, and grandchildren Christopher and Abigail.
He is reunited in heaven with his parents WJ and Ollie; siblings, Grady and Leroy Carver; his sister, M. Loys Raymer; and grandson, Alexander Joseph Kikta.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, Nov. 25 at Rose Hill Cemetery, 1555 County Road 13, Tulia Texas. Vinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.