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Juanita  Wineva Carter
November 16,1948 ~September 15, 2017

“Her Story”

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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  • Monday, October 23, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Mississippi
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    I'm sorry to hear about your loss. May you find strength from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez