TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) - William Horace Carter, owner of the Tabor Loris Tribune, has died at the age of 88.
The news was announced by a close family friend at Carter's home in Tabor City, NC. Carter, they said, died from a heart attack Wednesday.
Much of Tabor City's history will be preserved, thanks to Carter. He waged a crusade against the Ku Klux Klan through his newspaper, then called the Tabor City Tribune.
"A lot of his spirit a lot of his philosophy and a lot of his passion was very raw and his patriotism and sense of right and wrong, I think directed most of what he did," said Carter's son Rusty.
Rusty grew up watching his father fight for what he believed in with words.
"He did it in the face of tremendous danger and threat because what my father encountered in the beginning was that he didn't have nearly as many supporters as he thought he did," said Rusty.
His crusade in the Tabor City Tribune against the KKK earned him a Pulitzer Prize and many other prestigious awards, and left a legacy for others to look at, including: 22 books and more than 2,000 magazine articles.
"I think he was one of these people who really made a difference and we all wish we could, but some people really do," said Rusty.
Carter's last article, titled Falls Can Be Life Threatening, pokes fun at himself for getting old, and his son says his passion will continue to surface through others at the newspaper.
"He was just as passionate about this newspaper last week as he was in 1951," said Rusty. "We probably don't have any dragons to slay that are as large as the ones he chased, but we will continue to do a service to the community we hope."
Family members are holding a visitation for Carter Friday at the Tabor Loris Tribune from 5-7pm.
Carter's memorial will be held Saturday at Tabor City Baptist Church at 11am.