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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

October 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Theresa Carter

Theresa Carter
Theresa Carter
Admin Assistant II
Fort Worth PO 1
Parole Division

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

46-year-old Theresa Carter, Administrative Assistant II in the Parole Division Fort Worth office, died on October 3, 2021.

Ms. Carter was quarantined on August 31, 2021, because her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. She later tested positive for the virus and was hospitalized on September 6, 2021. She was later released but returned to the hospital on September 10, 2021, and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where her condition deteriorated and she passed on.

Ms. Carter began her employment with the Parole Division in October 2012 as a clerk at the Mineral Wells District Parole Office. She promoted to an Administrative Assistant II at the Fort Worth Parole Office 1 on February 1, 2021.

“The tragedy of the COVID pandemic continues to touch all parts of the agency,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Theresa Carter was an important part of our team and was dedicated to service. As a family we mourn her passing and hold her husband, Terry, and their daughter, Bailey, in our prayers.”

Parole Division Director Rene Hinojosa said, “Ms. Carter had a heart of gold, was very kind, and a believer in Christ. She was very proficient at her job, arriving early each day with a smile on her face. She will be in our hearts forever.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had sixty-eight employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.