I was there in 1970 when most of Marshall University's football team perished in a plane crash. Although many years have passed, there are still a multitude of stories that have yet to be told. "November Ever After" takes you there. This memoir goes beyond the night of the tragedy. It provides an intimate look at those who were left behind -- the real story as told by the folks who were actually there. Feel free to contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Carter uses his football background as a means to communicate the Gospel.
November 14 marks the
44th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash. For former Thundering Herd
player Ed Carter, the memories will never fade to black.
Ed, a starter at
offensive tackle on the 1970 team, would more than likely have been on the
fatal flight that killed 75 people, which included most of Marshall’s varsity
football squad. Ed was absent because of a death in his immediate family.
Dr. Carter is in his 41st year of ministry.
On the day Ed learned
that his father had passed away in Texas, his mother told him in a phone
conversation that she didn’t want him going on the flight. There would be a crash, she explained, and
there would be no survivors. Ed didn’t believe her. But because he didn’t want
to upset his mother, he agreed to stay for a few extra days after the funeral.
It was a life-saving
decision. But that’s only the beginning of the story.
Prior to his
graduation from Marshall in 1974, Ed gave his life to Christ. Not
long after that, he answered the call to preach. Evangelist Ed Carter is now in
his 41st year as founder and director of Death Unto Life Ministries,
which is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn.
This global ministry
has touched the lives of people in America as well as other parts of the globe. Ed
recently shared some of his reflections about the night of November
14, 1970 – a night that
changed his life forever.
Q: It’s been over
forty years since the plane crash. Why does it still matter?
EC: I should’ve
been on that plane. The Lord sent me home for my Dad’s funeral and my Mom asked
me to stay after the funeral. It’s for that reason that I missed my own
Q: Over the
years, the central theme of your ministry has remained the same. Why do you
believe the message still resonates?
EC: The name of
the ministry is taken from John 5:24. The philosophy is that when I gave my
life to the Lord, I passed from death unto life. Through this ministry, I’ve
watched others do the same.
Q: What are some
of your most vivid memories from the night of the crash?
EC: I was at my
mother’s house when the news came that the Marshall
plane had gone down and that there were no survivors. The next day, a reporter
from United Press International called my Mom to offer condolences. She told
them that it was a mistake – that I was not on the plane – and that I was
actually sitting right next to her as she talked on the phone.
Q: How could your
Mom know that the tragedy would take place?
EC: There were
many times after that night when I asked her how she knew. What I do know is
that it was not a premonition on her part. God put that bit of information in
her mind when she called me to come home for my Dad’s funeral. I’ve always
looked at that conversation as God’s warning to me of what was to come [on
Q: After your
Dad’s funeral, you still had enough time to go back to West
Virginia and join the team to make the trip to East
Carolina. Are there times when you wonder why you weren’t on that
EC: God is
sovereign. I don’t know why I wasn’t on that plane. I don’t know why the lives
of my teammates weren’t spared. What I do know is that He had a plan for my
life. He saved my life, and then my soul. God allowed me to serve Him by
calling me to preach.