Retired Texas Ranger Captain Carl A. Weathers returned to his creator on August 26, 2018. He was born on October 17, 1940. We, his family, know he is now in the presence of his Lord. This family includes his loving wife of 55 years, Mickey Jean Weathers; his daughter, Carla Weathers, and her children, Margo Haltom and husband, Nathan, Jeffrey Lance and wife, Andrea, and her grandsons, Charles Knobloch, Jackson Knobloch, and Declan Haltom; his son, Allen Weathers and wife, Denise, and their children, Rilyn, June, and Andrew Weathers. Also included are very special friends who have become like family, Sammy Hurta, Richard Montgomery, Cody Montgomery, Nikki Lambert and husband, Brian, and their children Rosemary and Hugh Lambert, Dawn Erdman and husband, Brian, and their sons Brett and Scott Erdman, Penny Cachia and daughter, Maddie; as well as a great number of nieces, nephews, and cousins (too many to count). The great group of friends present is only the “tip of the iceberg” of the many who loved Carl and have supported us during the recent days.
Since he retired, Carl played golf as often as he could. There were so many who joined him out on the golf course; and, they all became like brothers as they each enjoyed the game together.
During the time he served our state as a Texas Ranger, he was active in many cases and he and the many who worked beside him managed to bring most all to a successful close. As Captain of Company C, he and three of the Rangers working with him aided in the capture of seven men in Pecos, TX, who were headed to aid Richard McLaren and the Republic of Texas group. The capture of these men prevented them from reaching the Davis Mountains where McLaren and his group were in a stand-off. When talking about this, Carl would say they “were in the right place at the right time.” Following the arrest in Pecos, they drove on to the Davis Mountains and spent about a week in the middle of nowhere, sleeping on the ground on mattresses provided by men from the local Baptist church, and, eating food provided by that same group because they could not leave the scene to go get food.
He along with many other Rangers from all across the State came together to work on the Branch Davidian siege in Waco. These Rangers came from every company across the State to comprise three teams of Rangers to investigate the incident. This was done so that the company based in Waco would not have to carry such a great load by themselves. The Rangers were in Waco for 14 weeks – most all of them did not leave to go home to their families even once during that time; and, each made several trips back to Waco for many weeks after as well as traveled to Washington D.C. to testify as to the findings of their investigation of the incident.
When he first made Texas Ranger, he was part of a group of several Rangers who were trained to use hypnosis as a tool to gather information from witnesses. These Rangers were some of the first to use this skill to solve crimes. By using this method, they could help a witness to feel comfortable talking about what they witnessed at a place and time when they did not feel safe. With the assistance of hypnosis, these witnesses could recall such details as license plate numbers that they looked at but did not recall having seen. Carl helped to solve a cold case that had happened approximately 20 years before. When it went to trial, his testimony was among the very first given and helped to bring about a conviction. This conviction was up held by an appellate court.
Before serving as a Texas Ranger, he served as a Texas Department of Public Safety Patrol Officer and as a City of Brownwood Police Officer. He served in these areas for a total of 40 years.
As Carl’s wife I can tell you that he and the others that worked cases with him always worked diligently to do the job to the best of their ability, all the while keeping themselves “behind the scenes.” They were always glad to let other officers move to the front as they stepped back behind the local department with which they had served.
We will celebrate his wonderful life at Southcrest Baptist Church, 3801 S. Loop 289 in Lubbock, on Friday, September 7th at 11:00 a.m. Family visitation will be held before the service at 10:00 and immediately following the service.
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The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Building Fund – Phase 2 of the Former Texas Rangers Association and Foundation (103 Industrial Loop, Ste 700, Fredericksburg, TX 78624) and/or to the college scholarship fund of the Texas Rangers Association Foundation (104 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, TX 76706).