OBITUARY

Stanford Joseph Carter Jr.

January 18, 1936October 7, 2021
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ALWAYS A TEACHER Stanford Joseph Carter Jr., 85, of DeQuincy, Louisiana passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at his residence. He was born to his late parents, Stanford Sr. and Hilda Payton Carter on January 18, 1936 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He enjoyed playing the trombone at performances and at home. He obtained degrees from Grambling College and McNeese State University, where he earned his Master’s degree in Music Education. He was also a very proud veteran serving in the second Infantry Division Band, Second Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1960-1962. He absolutely loved being a teacher. He started his career at Grand Avenue High School in DeQuincy, Louisiana. While at Grand Avenue 1959, 1962-1969 he developed an award-winning band and choir. His Grand Avenue Band presented black excellence to millions through television as the first band of African descent to perform in previously segregated New Orleans segregated Mardi Gras parade Crew of Iris, 1965. This event contributed to the changing political dynamics of the city. Grand Avenue was also the first Black band in the Cal-Cam parade in Sulphur, Louisiana 1966. In the interest of his students, he also developed and implemented programs focusing on organization of parents and community support regardless of race resulting in measurable gains in student achievement and success of operations. At the time of his death, he remained in contact with many of those early students. He taught students in Los Angeles Unified School District from 1970 until his retirement. Similarly, he was still in contact with a number of his California students. His students, from Louisiana to California, speak highly of him. Their comments to him always indicate a love and appreciation for Mr. Carter's lessons in music and life. He loved saying “I’m Always a teacher.”

He was very active in the community during retirement. He held memberships in the Knights of Columbus and Omega PSI PHI Fraternity Incorporated. He served a Volunteer Fireman for Beauregard Parish. He volunteered as a Poll worker for elections in Beauregard Parish. He was an active participant in the Hundred Black Men Organization providing mentoring for young Black men.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Ruthie Thomas Carter; children, Stanford J. Carter, III of New York City, NY, Robin D. Edmond (Lawrence III) of Fontana, CA, Sekou D. Carter (Sharon) of Culver City, CA; two sisters, Gwendolyn Washington of New Orleans, Barbara Brooks of Lake Charles; five grandchildren, Amanda Alexandria Carter, Lawrence Edmond IV, Carter Thomas Edmond, Sarah Denise Carter, and Simone Alexandria Carter; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Stanford is preceded in death by his brother, Debraul Carter; sister, Patricia Harrison, step-father, David J. Jackson (Pappa Jack), brother in laws Leanidous Washington, Jr. and Otis Brooks, Jr., and niece, Letria C. Washington.

He was always a teacher to his students in music and life. A Celebration of Stanford's life will be held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 2:00pm. Visitation will be at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Saturday, from 12:00pm until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery. Services entrusted to Jordan and Amanda Mothershed of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonsnider.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Ruthie Thomas Carter; children, Stanford J. Carter, III of New York City, NY, Robin D. Edmond (Lawrence III) of Fontana, CA, Sekou D. Carter (Sharon) of Culver City, CA; two sisters, Gwendolyn Washington of New Orleans, Barbara Brooks of Lake Charles; five grandchildren, Amanda Alexandria Carter, Lawrence Edmond IV, Carter Thomas Edmond, Sarah Denise Carter, and Simone Alexandria Carter; along with numerous nieces and nephews.


    Stanford is preceded in death by his brother, Debraul Carter; sister, Patricia Harrison, step-father, David J. Jackson (Pappa Jack), brother in laws Leanidous Washington, Jr. and Otis Brooks, Jr., and niece, Letria C. Washington.

Services

16 October

Visitation Resumes

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hixson-Snider Funeral Home

205 E. Harrison St.
DeQuincy, Louisiana

16 October

Celebration of Life Funeral Service

2:00 pm

Snider Funeral Home

205 E Harrison St
DeQuincy, Louisiana 70633

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 15, 2021

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Eglah Devezin

October 15, 2021

Although I did not have the opportunity to spend one on one time with Stanford, he always struck me as a man with a gentle and kind spirit! A very proud man, whose love of family shone ever so brightly! He truly enjoyed sharing stories about our family, especially our paternal grandparents. His knowledge, spirit and kindness will be sorely missed. Praying that the Holy Spirit will give Ruthie, his children, grandchildren amd sisters Gwendolyn and Barbara the strength needed during this most difficult time .

Donald Victorian

October 15, 2021

Stanford Carter will always be remembered as one of my most influential teachers. Additionally, he was a dear friend to me and my family. I recall one of the most significant principles of leadership he taught me. That included the factor of influence toward effective leadership.
As young men, we aspired toward developing as athletes over an appreciation for the arts. He recognized we could develop within the musical arts as well as athletics, by addressing a key value in young men. That value included our attraction for the young ladies within our community.
His statement was, “ya’ll think you’re cool as football players, but, I have all the girls with me after ya’ll go home from practice.” That was his technique of influence in his quest to develop an excellent high school choral group. So, after football practice, we attended the mixed choral groups’ practice sessions, primarily to maintain contact with the young ladies. As a result, we achieved state recognition for excellence in the mixed choral section of the LIALO choral arts.
So, control of resources is a factor of leadership principles I gained from Stanford Carter and it served me well, during my career.
Above all, he was a dear family friend that kept me grounded in proper development. That also included my development as a christian at Blessed Martin Catholic Church where he was also a member. God bless Stanford and his family, during this difficult moment.

Edgar Jordan

October 15, 2021

Every time I listen to the jazz song Moanin I think of Mr Carter. Grand Avenue High Band played that song when I was in the band. I specifically remember a trip back home to DeQuincy with my Family and Mr. Carter giving two of my sons a music lesson. He couldn’t help himself! Such a blessing. Rest In Peace Mr. Carter you taught us well.
Edgar Jordan

Donald Victorian

October 14, 2021

My heartfelt condolences remain for Mr. Carters’ family. My most powerful memories are those lessons of life he shared with me, personally. Those memories are too numerous to include, as many have been stated by my contemporaries.

A technique of persuasion he shared with me early in life, transferred in practice, during leadership skills required during my career. At a time during our youth when we began focusing more toward athletic development, Mr. Carter brought us back to those values he presented to us for the musical arts. Many of us had lost our desire to pursue the musical arts, so, he reminded us how all the lovely girls we would like to spend more time with were with him more than us.

This is the technique he employed in order to form a male chorus, along with a mixed choral group, to compliment the previously formed female choral group. He’d influenced most of the high school females to attend choral practice after football practice. In that regard, when practice ended we simply went home with no young ladies to talk to. So, it’s easy to imagine that young men are easy to influence when their preferred company may be interested in something else.

This is simply one example of his leadership skills that I’ve valued and practiced during moments in my career, however, his dear friendship among me and my family is cherished most dearly. I pray that his family remain steadfast in his home going and we pray God’s blessings for eternal rest for his soul and comfort for his family.

Cynthia Taylor

October 13, 2021

All respect and honor are given to one of the most intelligent, inspiring, and dedicated choir and band teachers ever!!! 👏👏👏👏😍😍😍😍 Rest in Peace, Mr. Carter

Ethel Hodges

October 13, 2021

Mr. Carter encouraged my grandparents to buy me a clarinet to play in band. I played one year and one of my sisters joined band and played that clarinet. I admired him as a music teacher. My condolences to family and you are in my prayers.

Justina Ashley Crawford

October 13, 2021

What a blessing it was to have Mr. Carter as my music teacher at Grand Avenue High School. From him, I learned to love and appreciate music. But he taught me so much more than music. He taught critical and organizational skills that influenced my entire life experience. Besides teaching, he provided coaching and encouragement when most needed; to reach for higher goals and believe that achievement of them was possible. I thank God he was my teacher and pray that everyone is blessed with a Mr. Carter. What a wonderful world that would be.

Ivory Dorsey

October 13, 2021

STANFORD CARTER: I remember the first day he walked into GRAND AVENUE! Powerful, Proud, & Performing!! He was born to lead. He never left you wondering. May God continue to bless his soul. May his family and friends find peace and may he rest in peace.

Cleveland Marburgh

October 13, 2021

There are two individuals that have inspired me to be successful in life, my mom and Stanford Carter. Stan has been an inspiration in my life from the first day that I walked into the band room in 1963 to present. Stan did not only motivate and inspire me as a musician, but in every phase of my life from education to professionalism. He was like a Dad to me. Stan instilled in me that endurance, perseverance, repetition, drive, and continuity will always yield success. I have called on Stan several times after high school for advice and he always was there for me. I will certainly miss the one-on-one long country walks, the bandsmen bar-b-ques at his house, the lunch dates in Lake Charles with Stan and Ruthie, and the conversations reminiscing about the high school band. Rest in peace my Dad, Instructor, Mentor, Friend and Counselor. I will always love and miss you. Cleve Marburgh your "Best" Bandsman.

Linda Hill

October 13, 2021

The sting of death leaves a scar that no one can heal; however, love leaves memories no one can steal. Mr. Carter taught with grace, faith, and steadfast commitment. The Grand Avenue High School class of 1971 experienced the good fortune of attending his seventh-grade band class. These are memories we will never forget. Mr. Carter lived his passion through music, and that tenacity death can’t touch. Grand Ave High School remained with me throughout my sixty-seven years of life. As always, I will forever keep your family in my heart and prayers, Linda Hill, class of 1971.

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