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Jan 28

Mary Juanita Salter Edwards, longtime resident of Many, Louisiana, was surrounded by family as she passed away on Monday, January 26, at Willis Knighton Pierremont Hospital in Shreveport. She was 93 years old.

Juanita, or “Punk” as her siblings called her, was preceded in death by her parents: Edward Fore Salter and Lula Isabelle Miller Salter; her brothers and sisters: Leon Darby Salter, Ernest Edward Salter, Frank Elton Salter, Devonia Salter Willard, Ruth Salter LaCour Tompkins, Leona Salter Wright, Norman Salter, Georgia Salter Gardner, James Kirk Salter, Thelma Salter Davenport, Exa Salter Diebel, Betty Lou Salter Manena and Jim Salter; and her adoring husband of 35 years, Eustace Louis Edwards, Jr.

Juanita was born on a farm outside of Negreet, Louisiana, on January 17, 1922. She graduated from Negreet High School, then obtained her nursing degree from Shreveport Charity Hospital before bravely embarking on adventures in Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles for additional nursing training and education for several years. Despite her time exploring many of the largest cities in the United States, she was a small town girl at heart and returned to Many, where she met her husband, Eustace, and settled down. Juanita's passion was her family. Her husband, her parents, her siblings and their families, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all benefitted greatly from her loving care and affection. Over the years, Juanita enjoyed playing golf and bridge with dear friends and family, and in recent years picked up the sport of bean bag baseball. She was a beloved and respected member of the First Baptist Church in Many as well as the devoted head of the Many Cemetery committee. She spent countless hours working to raise money for cemetery maintenance, and worked at everything from repairing sprinklers to pulling weeds and wiping off headstones of the departed souls on Capitol Street. No job was too big or too small when it came to caring for the cemetery. Dressed in her colorful, impeccably ironed button-down shirts and capri pants and sporting her signature red lipstick, Juanita taught us that the wild concrete jungles of the big cities are no match for Louisiana farm girls; ice cream sandwiches cure any ailment from skinned knees to hurt feelings; a woman should never leave the house without makeup on her face and ample stocks of lipstick, butterscotch candy, Clorets gum, and Kleenex; elegance and toil are not mutually exclusive; whacking multiple water moccasin snakes (or “snecks” as she called them) in half with a hoe, mowing the lawn, clearing the flower beds, reading a book, and preparing a brisket dinner and all the fixin’s are all in a day’s work; homemade satin pillowcases provide comfort through any and all of life’s transitions; if momma says “no,” ask Nannie; nursing is more than a job, it’s a lifetime commitment to caring for others, anticipating their needs, and treating their pains with selfless and loving devotion; family is about love, support, laughter, good food, hard work, squabbles, disagreements, and never giving up on each other.

She will be profoundly missed by her children: Eustace Louis (Tripp) Edwards, III and his wife Diane McComic Edwards, and Betty Edwards Hunt and her husband Eugene Pitts Hunt, III; her beloved grandchildren: Stacey Edwards Piserchio, Jonathan Louis Edwards, Mary Edwards Sundborg, Lauren Hunt Krauss, Lindsey Hunt Detwiler, Leslie Elizabeth Hunt and their spouses; and her five great-grandchildren, as well as her brother-in-law William F. Edwards and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, Juanita will be laid to rest beside her husband in Many Cemetery where she poured her blood, sweat, and tears for so many years. Peace at last! Services will be at the First Baptist Church of Many. Visitation at 11:00AM and funeral services begin at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Many Cemetery Fund or Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport.

The family extends special thanks to Juanita's longtime physician, Dr. Alan J. Borne, the nursing staff at the Stiles Apartments at The Glen, and her loving caregivers, Meoshia Fair, Johnetta Perkins and Holly Ashley.

Jan 28

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Bernadine LaCour Rachal will be held at 10 am on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle, Louisiana with Fr. Rothell serving as celebrant. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 9:00 am in the church hall. Bernadine passed away Tuesday, January 27 following a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bernadine was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana on February 17, 1926 to Oralean B. and Peter D. LaCour. She spent her early life in Natchitoches until her marriage with Anthony G. Rachal and their decision to reside in Shreveport. They lived there until deciding to move back to Melrose in their later years. Their 67 years together was broken by her death.

She was predeceased by her parents and sister Loretta Roque, her brothers Richard LaCour , Maurice LaCour, Francis LaCour and Henry LaCour ; two grandsons Anthony James Brown and Peter Joseph Brown.

Bernadine is survived by her husband Anthony and their children, Rose and husband James Brown, and their daughter Jennifer Germany; Charles Rachal and wife Agnes and Charles’ son John; Sylvia and husband Eugen Crook and their daughter Jade Dishman ; Frances and husband Roland and Frances’ son Matthew Wells, and her brothers Earl LaCour and Earvin LaCour. She is also survived by two great- grandchildren, Anaya Germany and Madison Brown, and two step great- grandchildren, Haley and Trey Dishman, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, god children, extended family and friends.

Jan 28

Dr. James Edward Carter, age 80 years, passed away on January 26, 2015 in his son’s home in Shreveport, Louisiana after a short illness. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church, Natchitoches. Graveside services will be conducted by Reverend Tommy Rush, Dr. Scott Tatum and Dr. Perry Webb on Friday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Centuries Memorial Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana.

“Sonny” Carter was born on January 19, 1935 in New Edinburg, Arkansas to the union of Edward F. Carter and Carrie Sue Reaves. James was a graduate of Queensborough Elementary School and Fair Park High School in Shreveport. He graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana with a B.A. in History in 1957. He also earned a Master of Divinity (1960) and PH.D. in Church History (1964) from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He received the Albert Venting Jr. Memorial Award (1961) and the Freedoms Foundation Award (1971 and 1979) by Southwestern and was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Louisiana College in 1979.

Dr. Carter began his ministry in 1955 as the pastor of Wise Memorial Baptist Church in Lena, Louisiana. He served as the pastor of four other churches in Louisiana and Texas over the next 33 years, including the First Baptist Church of Natchitoches (1964 –1977) and the University Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas (1978 – 1988). He completed his ministry as a “minister to ministers,” serving as the Director of Church-Minister Relations for the LA Baptist Convention, Alexandria, Louisiana from 1988 to 2000. He also served twice as the interim pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport and wrote the sesquicentennial history of the church, To See and Serve Jesus.

A prolific writer as well as a noted teacher, he authored 19 books and wrote the weekly Sunday school lessons in the “Baptist Message,” the paper for Louisiana, from 1967 – 1978 and the “Baptist Standard,” the Texas state paper, during 1979. He also served as the President (1973) and Vice-President (1970) of the Louisiana Baptist Convention and served on its Executive Board from 1968 – 1977. He was also an active member of the Rotary Club, the American Society of Church History and the Southern Baptist Historical Society.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Carole Ann Hunter Carter. He is survived by his sister, Peggy Sue Carter Underwood of Monroe, Louisiana, and children James Craig Carter and wife Roni of Leawood, Kansas, Edward Keith Carter and wife Robin of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Chyrisse Ann Carter Miller and her husband Keith of Austin, Texas. Fourteen grandchildren survive him: Megan Carter Stair and her husband Sean, Rachel Carter, Rebecca Lara and her husband Michael, James Hunter Carter, Clair Carter Lovett and her husband Sean, Meredith Carter Conanan and her husband Esmeraldo, 1st Lt. Grant Miller, Lacie Kennedy and her husband Chris Kennedy, Matthew Reaves Miller, Hannah Carter, Thomas Martin Carter, Camille Carter, Caroline Miller, Seth Carter and two great-granddaughters, Francis Lovett and Skye Stair. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jack H. Stokeld, spouse of deceased sister, Elizabeth Ellen Carter Stokeld of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his sister-in-law, Jimmie Ruth Hunter Butler and her husband the Hon. Robert Y. Butler of Arcadia, Louisiana, and brother-in-law, Ted A. Hunter and his wife Martha Hayes Hunter of Shreveport. Four nephews and two nieces also survive Dr. Carter – Carrie B. Underwood, Marc Carter Stokeld, John A. Hunter, James H. Hunter, Ellen Sue Pickering and Jill Elizabeth Stokeld.

The family expresses heart-felt appreciation to Mattie Jackson, Hattie Jackson and Snola Jackson, Feberine Thomas, and Mrs. Sara Leary for their tender care of our father during his illness. We are also grateful to the outpouring of love and support provided by friends and to our brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Robin, who provided hospice service in their home.

Memorial donations can be made to the charity of cause of the donor's desire.


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