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.

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  • 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.

Past Services

Friday, October 15, 2021

Visitation

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Visitation Resumes

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Celebration of Life Funeral Service

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Burial