The founder and executive director of the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association died Tuesday night after a brief illness.

Reverend Gene Carter was surround by family according to a release from the Association.

Carter was also a former pastor at the Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and was a mainstay at events and celebrations in central Texas for more than 30 years.

The association left the following message on their Facebook page:

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016 surrounded by his family, the Rev. ‘Gene Carter, Founder and Executive Director of the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association and former Pastor of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church passed away after a brief illness..
The name ‘Gene Carter is synonymous with new, innovative, creative, colossal and stupendous. Whenever an event was planned in Waco that seems to be unbelievable, you can feel confident, ‘Gene Carter had something to do with it. Of course, the success of all the major attractions in Central Texas for the past 30+ years, did not just happen, they have been noteworthy because the planner (‘Gene) has paid his dues to the black experience.
After working 10 years at his alma mater, working day and night, in and out of town, sacrificing family feelings, building relationships on behalf of the institution, Paul Quinn College moved to Dallas, Texas and Carter sensed almost religiously, another problem in the Community that was not being addressed, “Sickle Cell Anemia”.
Sickle Cell Anemia is a national health problem, which affects predominately African Americans. If information was needed concerning Sickle Cell Anemia, citizens of Waco and central Texas would have to go to Dallas, Fort Worth or Houston, Texas but that was solved when the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association was formed on April 22, 1983. Now that we have our own association that serves 8 counties, we can address the needs of those children and adults who suffer with Sickle Cell Disease.
So it did not matter if Carter was planning the biggest “Juneteenth” Celebration, or bringing some movie stars to Waco to help raise money for Sickle Cell Anemia, or helping some parent get their child out of trouble, or counselling some individuals, just remember when you saw ‘Gene Carter involved in all of these activities, he was just paying his dues.
Waco, Temple, Killeen, Belton, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, etc. and the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association should all be proud ‘Gene Carter chose to pay his dues here in Central Texas.
To help honor his life and legacy in lieu of flowers we are asking you to make a memorial donation in his name to the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association. Mail your donations to Sickle Cell, P.O. Box 881, Waco, Texas 76703.