Jeffrey Carter Albrecht

June 23, 1973 - September 3, 2007

Carter Albrecht, born June 23, 1973, passed away on September 3, 2007. Born in Cartersville, Georgia, Carter grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and Derby, Kansas. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1995 with a degree in piano performance. After graduation he was a professional musician who wrote and performed with his own group, Sparrows, and currently was a member of Sorta, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and worked with numerous other prominent artists around the country. He was just completing a solo album at the time of his death. Carter is survived by his parents, Ken and Judy Albrecht of Plano; grandmother, Twila Ellsworth; aunt and uncle, Rae and Steve Ellsworth; cousins, Kris Ellsworth, John Dickshot, Kurt and Janel Ellsworth of Edwardsville, Illinois; aunt and uncle, Joan and Gary Baker and cousins, Eric and Jill Findley of Jefferson City, Missouri; aunt and uncle, Renee and Steve Allen and cousins, Samantha and Tad of Temple, Texas; cousins, Chelsea and J.R. Pershall of Waco, Texas; aunt and uncle, Alice and Bill Maedge of Belton, Missouri and cousins, Marsha and Marlin Benton of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Carter was preceded in death by cousin, Scott Baker of Jefferson City, Missouri. Because of his gift of friendship, Carter also leaves behind scores of wonderful friends. In lieu of flowers, Carter would ask you to cherish your friends, enjoy music everyday and always be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. Carter would be honored if you choose to contribute to a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 7, 2007, at Parkway Hills Baptist Church, 2700 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75093.

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We still miss Carter every single day and cannot wait to meet up with him again on the other side. Love... D. S., July 12, 2008 The Bible makes the promise:"Your dead ones will live....They will rise up." Almighty God has not only the power but also the desire to resurrect persons whom he chooses. Jesus Christ himself sais: "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out."- John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15. What a joy it will be to see our deceased loved ones again. Love and Peace A. James, September 11, 2007 Judy and Ken, We grieve with you. You raised a son who became a good man. We will always remember how during one of Tim's lessons, Carter and Tim were playing the piano from below the keyboard with their fingers and on the keyboard with their heads. Obvously, piano wasn't Tim's strong suit and Carter had remarkable patience with him and tried all kind of ways to make it fun. He also knew how to push Laura (who enjoyed piano) to help her to grow as a musician. We are praying for God's healing peace for you. The Carter we knew was a special young man. The Schwartz Family Gail Schwartz, September 7, 2007 We are so saddened by such an untimely end for your dear son. Our son, Reed, knew him well and thought him a good friend and wonderful musician. We pray for strength for you and yours. Jane and Ken Easterwood, September 7, 2007 You don't know us, but my family and I are saddened by the passing of Carter. He is a great role model for young musicians - he could have been anywhere but Dallas, it seems he loved it here and chose to contribute his talent and share his love of music with us. How blessed we have been. He will not be forgotten - ever. Pam Wetmore, September 7, 2007 Judy and Ken, Our hearts are breaking for you. There are no words to express our heartfelt sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God watch over you and keep you. Love, Sandy and Dick Fedro Sandy and Dick Fedro, September 7, 2007 I am deeply saddened. I never knew Carter, but feel I do, because of the Ticket family- I feel I have lost a friend in music- I love music, he loved music; - please accept my condolences- I will pray for comfort and peace for his family & friends. TERRI LYNNE WILEMON, September 7, 2007 Judy and Ken, My family and I are so saddened to hear of the death of your son. May God fill you with strength and comfort you with a peace that passes all understanding. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sheri and David Block (PHBC) Sheri Block, September 6, 2007 Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht, I am Blake Reedy's mother. Blake was one of a throng of people who loved Carter and who recognized his beautiful heart and his great God-given talents. Last year, Blake and I were out walking on many different occasions when he woul hand me one of the earphones on his ipod so that I could "hear that genius," "listen to that piano," "how about that voice?" "that guitar?" This year, on May 31, Blake's 29th birthday, Carter came to the Barley House to play and sing for Blake. That was the highlight of the day for Blake. Blake has all of Carter's songs, and he knows all the lyrics by heart, whether they are from Sparrow cd's or Sorta or New Bohemians or others. He has many, many Carter stories, and he loves Carter dearly. I am so sorry for your great loss. When I called Nashville on Tuesday to book Gordon Mote for our church in February, I told his agent about Carter. The entire group there wanted me to pass on to you that they have been praying for your family. Please know that Blake and I will be praying for you as well. Judith Reedy, September 6, 2007 It was 10 yers ago this month that Carter began giving my children piano lessons, Monday's at 4:00. Their beginner books still have the comments and encouragements written in along with the mustaches and missing teeth that Carter would pencil in on the faces of the book's authors. Each time that they play today will bring back special memories of the 2 years Carter spent with them. After their lessons ended and I had endured an hour of their "songs", I would always ask Carter to play something for me. He never said no and it was always beautiful-Thank you Carter for your special blessings. Patricia Tate, September 6, 2007 Carter was an amazing teacher, friend and musician. He taught with an unending energy and instilled a love for music in Natalie and Davis that will last their lifetimes. He will always be remembered as an encourager and enthusastic role model for living doing what you love. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ken and Judy, as you grieve Carter's death. Lisa Ballew, September 6, 2007 I met Carter through my son Kenny Withrow of the New Bohemians. We are all so devasted by your loss and hold you and your family in our prayers daily What an incredibly talented musician. He leaves a void in the music world and especially in the New Bohemians. Carter brought a whole new demension to their group-it won't be duplicated, for he was truly ONE OF A KIND. Shirley Withrow Jachimiec, September 6, 2007 Ken and Judy, Patti and I grieve over your loss. I know we have not kept up over the years but I still remember your help instilling the love of music in Joshua with his violin. He has grown alot since then. He is now 14 and plays football for Prince of Peace HS as a freshman. He continues to enjoy the musical path on which you started him. He takes lessons every week in bass guitar. He is so precious to me... I can not imagine loosing my only son. I apologize for not being able to relate to what you are actually going through. I can only imgine. I have often prayed for you and your family as I am reminded of you every time we drive by Parkway Baptist on our way north. Please be assured we will continue to pray for you. I don't know what your needs are but I would like you to call on me if you need help. Perhaps not today or tomorrow but one day. Call on me when you need to. I would like that. Peter Peter Culver, September 6, 2007 Ken and Judy, We are so sorry to hear about your loss! Know that many are praying for you in your time of grief. We are asking our Lord to hold you in His arms and give you the comfort you need moment by moment. Psalm 34:18 describes what we ask for you - "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Peter & Patti Culver, September 6, 2007 Judy, you and I were in the Romans BSF study together and I was so sorry to hear about Carter. May your heart be comforted at this time of loss... and may God direct you in His new purposes for your life. "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." I Peter 5:7 My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ken, your family and friends at this time. Estelle Aud Estelle Aud, September 5, 2007 Dear Ken & Judy, it is with such a heavy heart that I write to you to let you know that Scott and I are both praying for you through the grieving process of the loss of your "Great Shining Star" as so many friends and fans have called Carter. Though our paths have not crossed in some time, God frequently brings you to mind and as it says in Phil 1:3, "I thank my God in every remembrance of you." We love you and trust that Our Lord will sustain you today and in the weeks, and months to come. We are here for you always~ Tammy Arbuckle, September 5, 2007 Our deepest sympathy in the lost of your son. May God be with you and keep you during these time. James and Janice Atkins and Lois Autry James and Janice Atkins, September 5, 2007 Ken and Judy, although we never knew Carter, we know he was well thought of by those who did. His musical talent was a true gift to others and I know he will be missed by many. We each deal with many sorrows in our lives but it would seem that the loss of a child, at any age, is hard to bear. I know from the number of calls, cars, and people at your home this week that you and Carter are well loved and there will be people to help you through. Thank you for sharing your son with all of us. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you go forward with the gifts you each have to share with others. Carter's obituary touched our hearts and souls. God bless you. Pat and Mike Warren, September 5, 2007 Carter was a loving and sweet person. Our family has lost a very dear friend. Laura Annette Strain, September 5, 2007 Rest in peace, Carter. Dallas will miss you. Anom Anom Anom, September 5, 2007 We were so very lucky to have had the opportunity to hear this wonderful man play and perform. We are praying for you all and I hope that you know how sorry we are for this great loss. Words cannot heal but know that our prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Love, Ed and Jo Ann Burke Jo Ann Burke, September 5, 2007 For 5 of the best years of my life Carter was there beside me as my best friend, fellow musician, mentor, and someone whom I greatly admired and looked up to. I will always remember the great times we had together and what a truly magnificent human being he was. Over the last several years Carter and I grew apart due to the distance between us, but he was always been quick to return my calls and make time for me. He was one of my longest and truest friends and his impact on the world will forever be remembered. Thanks to Carter for making my life so much better, and my deepest sympathies go out to Ken & Judy. May God hold you and keep you. Eric Eric Reed Hogan, September 5, 2007 Ken, my prayers are with you and your family and I hope you can find strength in that God's timing is always perfect Vance Brack, September 5, 2007 We will remember Carter as a kind and caring man whom we enjoyed having in our son, Scott's life, from childhood. He meant so much to everyone who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Sending our deepest condolences to Ken, Judy and family. Love, Pat & Dick Pat & Richard Gilberg, September 5, 2007 I didn't know Carter personally, but I sure did know his music. My prayers are with you all. Carter will always be with us as long as we keep his music alive. There won't be a time that we hear him in a song that thoughts of him will come to our minds and hearts. He is loved by many and our hearts are sad. God bless and keep you strong in this time of sadness. Terry Ann Powell, September 5, 2007 To say that we'll miss you is a gross understatement. You were the X factor in so many decisions we made. A typical conversation between my wife and I went something like this, Kathy: "Do you want to do anything tonite? Maybe go see some music?" Me: "Oh, I don't know, I'm kind of tired." Kathy: "Carter's playing." Me: "We're there!" Having lived in San Francisco and Denver, two cities with fantastic music scenes, I can say that the Dallas music scene was rather tame by comparison. Except for you. You were the shining star. Now that star has gone out and I am at a loss. Most people will spend their lives either reading about, watching on tv or maybe catching a glimpse from the 50th row of their favorite musical performers. It was a privilage and an honor to have the opportunity to not only see you perform but to know you and to be your friend as well. We will never forget you Carter. Todd and Kathy Eisele, September 5, 2007 Ken and Judy: I know that your sorrow is great and words some times don't help, but please know that we are praying for you and your family. Bill & Louise Wisdom, September 5, 2007 Jeffrey Carter Albrecht, May your music and spirit fill the world and universe forever eternally. Thank you for all of your music. My prayers go out to the family, fans & friends of Jeffrey Carter Albrecht who has sadly pass onwards to the light. never to be forgotton. BAHAMA KIN (RMM) Robert Myron MacKinnon, September 5, 2007 I was one of so many touched by Carter's music and will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with you. His music will live forever... Don K Seale, September 5, 2007 Didn't know Carter , but felt like I did through Dan Balis on the Hardline. May he rest in peace and God be with him.... Jeff Herrin, September 5, 2007