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Juanita Wineva Carter transitioned into eternal peace in the comfort of her home on Friday, September 22, 2017 with her family at her side. 

Juanita, born in Kokomo, MS on November 16, 1948, was the eldest child of the late Wilbur McGowan and the late Ethel Mae Ratliff.

She received her formal education at Marion Central High School. She relocated to New Orleans, LA after high school. Juanita met the love of her life and entered holy matrimony in June 1970 with Willie Carter, Sr., who committed to God’s Covenant until his death in July 2009. To their union, three children were born.

Juanita devoted her energies to the rearing of her children, working in the New Orleans Public System as a Chapter 1 Mentor, serving God and helping others any way she could. At an early, Juanita confessed Christ, was baptized, and became a member of Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church. In 1974, she joined New Home Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA. She joined Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. George Davis, Sr. in 1981. After returning home to Mississippi in 1995, Juanita reunited with Little Rock, her home church. She was always actively engaged in Ministry Work no matter where. She faithfully sang in the choir, served in the Pastor’s aid Ministry, lead the Women’s Mission Ministry, assisted with the Youth Ministry and Vacation Bible School, served in the Kitchen Ministry, and served with the senior Women’s Mission of the MS National Baptist State Convention as Devotional Leader until her health declined in 2016.

She reverenced God and truly exemplified the meaning of servanthood. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Heroine of Jericho. She enjoyed spending time family, singing, cooking, and shopping, especially at Wal-Mart and Ross. Her favorite song was “When You Hear of My Homegoing, Don’t Worry About Me”. She loved cooking and would whip up a hearty meal and feed the multitude effortlessly.

She was predeceased by her loving husband: Willie Carter, Sr.; her father: Wilbur McGowan; and one God-son: William T. McGowan.

Juanita is loved and will be missed by her three children: Delicia (Wendell) Long and Latasha Carter of Kokomo and Willie Carter, Jr. of Hattiesburg; six grandchildren: Danita Daichon, Caleb Carter, Talicia Monet, Jordan Aaron, Ethan Alexander, and Willie III; three God-daughters: Viola Elizabeth McGowan of Dallas, TX, Stacey Whitsett of Oak Park, IL, and Tracey Whitsett of Broadview, IL; one special sister-in-law: Essie Carter McCallum of Scooba, MS; one step-mother: Ruth McGowan of Foxworth; four sisters: Ethel Brent and Lakisha Armstrong of Kokomo,MS., Teresa Patton of Summit, MS, and Zsa Zsa Cowart of Columbia; eight brothers; James Earl McGowan of Kokomo, Wilford Ray, Porter, and Zachary McGowan of Foxworth, Billy Ray (Verjean) and Wilbur Ray (Evelyn) McGowan of Tylertown, Winfor Dale McGowan of Columbia, and Aldrick Brister of Gulfport; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and very special friends.

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  • Sunday, October 08, 2017
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  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    My heart aches for the Carter family to lose in death your precious loved one Ms. Juanita. Words are so limited that can give comfort, so I would like to share with you beautiful scripture where our heavenly Father, Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18), invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Psalm 34:18 None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. Our savior, Jesus, said: John 6: 40; "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day". Jesus also said: John 5: 28; "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out..." John 11:23-25; "Jesus said to her: "I am the resurrection and the life." The one who exercises faith in me, even tho he dies, will come to life." I pray that Jesus's promise to reunite us with our loved ones on resurrection day will carry you through the difficult days ahead and gradually replace your tears of grief with tears of joy as you reflect on your precious memories of happier times with Ms. Juanita. For more comforting scriptures please visit: It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. John 17:3 I pray it will bring you comfort to please watch this beautiful video (song 144) entitled "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" or watch this faith strengthening video: "Can The Dead Really Live Again?" The family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences. Feel free to contact me at my email address:
    ~ Julie Jarmon of Dothan, Ala.