Carrice Baker

Carrice Anne Russell Baker, 91, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday June 23, 2018 in her home. She was born Sunday, July 5, 1926 in Rhinehart, to the union of Willie and Alice Alexander Russell. Mrs. Baker was a legendary girls basketball coach, serving at Winnsboro High School for 26 years and then at Jena High School for 13 years. She had numerous awards and honors over the years and was proclaimed as the winningest girls basketball coach in Louisiana history. (See story about Coach Baker’s career on page 1A this week). Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, at First Baptist Church of Jena with Rev. Dominick DiCarlo officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was predeceased by her husband, William Morgan Baker, Sr; her parents; a brother, Steele A. “Alex” Russell; and sisters, Lorraine Russell Baker, Mable Russell and Alice Rose Sparks. She is survived by four step-sons, William Morgan Baker, Jr. and wife Wendy, Samuel Hunt “Sam” Baker and wife Judy, James Fletcher “Jim” Baker, and Joe David Baker; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Willie Waggoner Russell and wife Dorothy; and special friends, Dorothy Kittlin, Elaine Knight, Faye Munson, and Enk and Hilda Husbands. Pallbearers were Adam Powell, Glen Johnson, Chip McLaurin, Dustin Keene, Gary Beasley, and Will Baker. Honorary pallbearers were Steven Baker, Waggoner Russell, Robert Sparks, Thomas Schneider, Mark Schneider, Keith Tarver, Carl “Enk” Husbands, Bobby Alexander, Rusty Russell, and Bill Burnsed. Memorial donations may be made to the Cliff Williams Foundation, Jena First Baptist Church Building Fund, or the LaSalle Parish Scholars Fund.

Rate this article: 
Average: 3.7 (3 votes)