Carolyn Carraway

Carolyn Sue Carraway, 78, of Lake Charles, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Christus St. Patrick’s Hospital. She was born to her late parents, Chester and Ruby Barber on Nov. 6, 1940 in Kensett, Ark. Longtime resident of DeQuincy, Carolyn served with her husband in the First Baptist Church, where they founded the Golden Heirs seniors’ group.

Upon moving to Lake Charles, she became a member of Trinity Baptist Church and sang in the Joy Choir. Carolyn enjoyed shopping, rearranging and decorating her home, spending weekends on the lake, and playing cards with her friends and husband. Always dressed to the nines, she was gracious, eagerly hosting friends and family in her home.

Carolyn deeply loved her family and was particularly proud of her grandchildren. Her affection extended to many, including her dog, Shadow.

She is survived by her loving husband, Pete Carraway; two sons, James Joseph “J.J.” Cooley and wife Kyra of DeQuincy, Dennis Carraway and wife Stephanie of Chandler, Ariz.; three daughters, Natalie Gouldin and husband Will of Lake Charles, Melody Shaw and husband Steve of Mesa, Ariz., Donnis Wilson and husband Richard of Kileen, Texas; brother, Bill Barber of Port Allen; grandchildren, Garrett Cooley, Micah Cooley, Chad Cooley, Tracy Lujan, Mandy Aelomino, Tiffany Cota, Nathaniel “Nate” Gouldin, Manny Shaw, Stewart Shaw, Megan Shaw, Paden Clayton, and Lyle Clayton; along with 16 great-grandchildren.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald Glenn Cooley; daughter, Leanna Lynn Cooley; and sister, Norma Bare.

Services will be held at First Baptist Church of DeQuincy on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m., with Bro. Gil Arthur officiating. Visitation was held at First Baptist Church of DeQuincy on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5 until 9 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Alston Cemetery in DeQuincy.

Services are entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrision St., DeQuincy.

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