Juanita B. Carter

Published 3:48pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Juanita B. Carter passed away on May 7, 2013.  She was preceded in death by her husband, McWilliams Carter. She is survived by her children, Nita Deason (Marshall), Jane Inge (George) and Rebecca Drummond (Mark); her grandchildren, Will Deason, Mary Catherine Robinson (Greg), Eleanor Baker (Stephen), Elizabeth Wetzler, Virginia Inge, Camille Yarbrough (Morgan), Melissa Drummond, and Krista Drummond;  her great-grandchildren Carter Wetzler, George Wetzler, and Stephen Baker; her sisters, Sue McFerrin and Evelyn Pride.  Juanita was born on Jan. 1, 1923.  She was a native of Butler County and grew up in the Central Community. She moved to Greenville when she graduated from Greenville High School. During World War II, she worked at the Greenville Telephone Company as part of the war effort. She was instrumental in connecting families to their sons and daughters who were defending our country. She joined First Baptist Church of Greenville during this time and has been an active lifelong member. By 1946, she had married Mac Carter and they began a business and started a family soon after. She joined the Pride of Greenville Garden Club in 1949 and was recently honored with a Life Membership in The Garden Club of Alabama, Inc. She worked tirelessly with members of the club to lobby the state legislature to adopt the camellia as the state flower. She loved arranging flowers and participating in local flower shows, often winning blue ribbons for her creations and flower specimens. She was a master gardener and took great joy in the beautiful landscape she and Mac created over the years.  She worked as a teacher assistant and substitute teacher for Butler County Schools and as a receptionist for Stabler’s Clinic until she retired. After retirement, she revived her interest in painting and kept a record of more than six hundred paintings that she either sold or gave to friends and family. She enjoyed traveling and visited the Holy Land, Europe, and many places in the United States.  She was a longtime member of the Butler County Historical and Genealogical Society. She supported and helped with many projects, including Carter, Brannon/Branum and Newton family research.  She recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her family at home.  She was a loving wife, devoted mother, caring grandmother and good friend to all. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 11, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church sanctuary, and funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. with Dr. Johnny Padalino officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.  Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.dunklinanddanielsfh.com.

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