CARTMELL, Walter Clayton

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Last Name
Given Names
Walter Clayton
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Van Lere, Kentucky
Family Tree
  Cartmell Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Patty Cartmell aka Patricia Ann Cartmell
Michael Cartmell, Trisha Cartmell aka Patricia Pauline Cartmell; Tyrone James Cartmell aka Tyrinia Tyrone Williams (adoptive)
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Cremated; cremains scattered at sea
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
Redwood Valley, California 95470
Residence (JT)
Cottage 26
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
carpenter (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-26e); construction, sawyer, landscaping (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1k); screen room attendant, farm (Maaga); Plumbing, house remodeling, bakery, Masonite Corp., janitorial, cement worker, timer, truck driver, saw mill, cabinet maker, car mechanic, forklift operator (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1bb)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Construction – Carpenter (RYMUR 89-4286-X-4-l-4b); Large Animals (RYMUR 89-4286-PP-8-M-2); Piggery (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1bb)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
“Walter Cartmell was the husband of Patty Cartmell, a senior and highly respected staff member who had been with Peoples Temple for years and kept the church going while Jim and his family were in Brazil in 1963 for a year. Walter was a man of few words and subdued intensity, with a steely calm that brought to mind "men of hickory"--tough, unbreakable, resourceful. He was the first person I remember meeting from Kentucky, very handy, a straight talker and hard worker. In Jonestown, he worked as a carpenter in the wood shop (with his daughter, Tricia), and also in the piggery. Edith Roller's journals disclose that he was also in the remedial reading class in Jonestown. Walter had another talent, I've just learned: He could intimidate Jim\'s dreaded monkey, Leon (who bit people) and make him run and hide in the farthest recesses of his cage. ” - Kathryn Barbour