William "Billy" Alton Carter (1927 - 1988)

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Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, United States
Death: Died in Plains, Georgia, United States
Cause of death: pancreatic cancer
Occupation: Billy Beer Spokesman, gas station proprietor and farmer
Managed by: Myron McGahan
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Billy Carter is Dorothy Willard's 8th cousin.

Dorothy Willard (Duncan)→John Henry Duncan, Dorothy’s father→Emma Jane Duncan (Whitman), John’s mother→Mary Jane Whitman (Stodghill), Emma’s mother→Joel Stodghill, Mary Jane’s father→Durette Stodghill, Joel’s father→Joel Stodghill, Durette’s father→James Stodghill, Joel’s father→Ann Stodghill (Madison), James mother→John Madison, Ann’s father→Catherine Gaines (Madison), John’s daughter and Ann’s sister→Richard Gaines, Catherine’s son→Mildred Brown (Gaines), Richard’s daughter→Hollinger Brown, Mildred’s son→Mary Marcus Dawson (Brown), Hollinger’s daughter→Mary Elizabeth Nicholson (Dawson), Mary Marcus Dawson’s daughter→Mary Ida Gordy(Nicholson), Mary Nicholson’s daughter→Bessie Lillian Carter (Gordy), Mary Ida’s daughter→Billy Carter, Bessie Lillian’s son and Dorothy Willard’s 8th cousin.

Billy Carter is Clifford Willard's 8th cousin five times removed.

Clifford Willard→Leon Willard, his father→Joseph Maybrey Willard, his father→Josephine Melissa Willard, his mother→Isaac Prickett, her father→Jane Prickett, his mother→ Nancy Ventioner, her mother→Sarah Thaxton, her mother→Yancey Bailey, her father→Roger Cocke Bailey, his father→Temperance Bailey, his mother→Sarah Cocke, her mother→ Katherine Perrin, her mother→ Katherine Royall, her mother→ Anne Eppes, her daughter and Katherine Royall's sister→ Elizabeth Randolph, Anne's daughter→Sarah Barksdale, her daughter→Lucy Burnley, her daughter→Elizabeth Seals, her daughter→William Archibald Seals, her son→Mary Ann Carter, his daughter→William Archibald Carter, her son→James Earl Carter, his son→Billy Carter, his son

Billy Carter is the younger brother of United States President Jimmy Carter.

Carter attended Emory University in the Atlanta area but did not complete a degree. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps, then returned to Plains to work with his brother in the family business of growing peanuts. In 1955, he married Sybil Spires (born 1938), also of Plains, Georgia. They were the parents of six: Kim, Jana, William "Buddy", Marle, Mandy and Earl, who was just 12 years old when his father died.

Billy Carter ran for mayor of Plains in 1976, but lost the election.

In 1977, he endorsed Billy Beer capitalizing upon his colorful image as a beer-drinking Southern boy that had developed in the press when his brother ran for President. Carter's name was occasionally used as a gag answer for a Washington, D.C., trouble-maker on 1970s episodes of The Match Game. Carter was known for his outlandish public behavior. For example, he once urinated on an airport runway in full view of the press and dignitaries.

In late 1978 and early 1979, Billy Carter visited Libya three times with a contingent from Georgia. He eventually registered as a foreign agent of the Libyan government and received a $220,000 loan. This led to a Senate hearing over alleged influence peddling which some in the press dubbed "Billygate." A Senate sub-committee was called To Investigate Activities of Individuals Representing Interests of Foreign Governments (Billy Carter-Libya Investigation).

Billy Beer was a beer first made in the United States of America in 1977, by the Falls City Brewing Company. It was promoted by Billy Carter, Billy Carter was selected as spokesman for the beer because his brother, who was president, was widely known to enjoy drinking beer. However, it was also known that Jimmy Carter's brand of choice was Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Written on each can were these words of endorsement, which were followed by Billy Carter's signature:

Brewed expressly for and with the personal approval of one of America's all-time great beer drinkers - Billy Carter.

I had this beer brewed just for me. I think it's the best I've ever tasted. And I've tasted a lot. I think you'll like it, too.

After the failure of Billy Beer, Carter sold his house to settle back taxes with the IRS.

In September 1988, Carter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and took unsuccessful treatments for the disease. He died in Plains at the age of 51. His parents and both of his sisters also died from pancreatic cancer.

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William "Billy" Carter's Timeline

1927
March 29, 1927
Plains, Georgia, United States
1988
September 25, 1988
Age 61
Plains, Georgia, United States
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