Auctioneers have had more and bigger auctions, and they have made more money, but Bill Gaule says he “can’t think of anybody that had the love and respect of other Auctioneers any more than Bing Carter.”
Gaule says the Hall of Fame Auctioneer was one of the National Auctioneers Association’s great ambassadors. He was loyal to the auction profession and his friends, and he always showed deep concern for the people he worked with.
L.H. “Bing” Carter died March 10. He was 95.
Gaule, an NAA Hall of Fame member and former NAA President, also says Carter had a profound effect on the professional lives of many Auctioneers, particularly those he instructed at the Missouri Auction School.
“He was always available if they needed any advice — anything he could do to help — Bing Carter was the first one they would call,” says Gaule, of William L. Gaule Auction Service/Realtor, Chatham, Ill.
Ron Snorgrass, of Clearfield, Utah, echoes Gaule’s comments, as he was one of Carter’s students in 1994. Snorgrass, who had spent 20 years in the military before he came to the Missouri Auction School, says he was discouraged when he compared his chant to those of experienced professionals.
Carter encouraged Snorgrass not to give up on his dream, and he instilled confidence in the novice Auctioneer. He told him that to become a successful professional, all he needed to do was be himself.
Even later in his career, once Snorgrass had established his business, he says he could call Carter anytime, with any concern, and Carter would take time out of his busy schedule to help.
Like Gaule, Snorgrass says Carter truly cared about everyone in the industry. He was a “legend,” a positive role model and one of the profession’s biggest proponents, Snorgrass says.
“I wish I had just a thumbnail size amount of his humility,” Snorgrass, of Snorgrass Auction Co., says.
Renee Jones, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES, who went to the Missouri Auction School in 1985, says Carter was one of her mentors.
“Bing was the most approachable instructor I’ve ever encountered in my career,” says Jones, of National Property Solutions Inc., Chicago. “He was nurturing. He had passion for the auction industry. He was driven to see his students succeed.”
In his community, Jones says Carter believed in the goodness of people and made many positive contributions to society. As an Auctioneer, she says Carter understood what it meant to come into people’s lives during difficult times.
“It would be an honor for Bing Carter to sell your assets,” Jones says. “You knew that you would be treated right — 100-percent ethical, 100-percent professional. It was truly like he was a member of your family.”
Carter, of Gardner, Kan., conducted about 5,000 auctions in 36 states and four countries, according to his obituary. He entered the NAA’s Hall of Fame in 1993, and he was a former member of its Board of Directors.
He also served as President of the Kansas Auctioneers Association in 1978. He became a Kansas Hall of Famer in 1993, and he entered the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association’s Hall of Fame in 1999.
The Kansas Fair Association also inducted Carter into its Hall of Fame, according to the obituary. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and Lions Club in Gardner.
Carter is survived by his son, Ron Carter and wife, Barbara; daughter, Sandra Carter; stepdaughter, Linda Jo Baker; stepsons, Richard Jennings and Fred Jennings; his brother, James Carter; grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Kansas Auctioneers Association Auxiliary Scholarship Fund or the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association Scholarship Fund. Please send and make checks payable to “KAA-KAAA Scholarship Fund” or “MPAA Scholarship Fund,” c/o LaDonna Schoen, 912 Country Lane, Newton, KS, 67114. Please mark the envelope with “In memory of Bing and Maxine Carter.”