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Obituary: Everyn Merrifield Carnal – Red Jacket 1937-40 – July 21, 2014

Evelyn Merrifield Carnal


The Rite of the Burial of the Dead for Evelyn Merrifield Carnal will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Lecompte, with The Reverend Fred H. Tinsley, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Wilmer Memorial Cemetery, Lecompte, under the direction of John Kramer & Son.


Evelyn Merrifield Carnal, age 90, of Lecompte, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 in her residence.


Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Walter F. Carnal, Jr. and her sister, Helen Williamson.


Evelyn graduated from Lecompte High School. She went on to graduate from USL in 1940 with a degree in Chemistry and was also on the championship debate team for four years. She was a graduate from the University of Denver in Speech Pathology, and earned a Master of Arts in special education from Northwestern State University in 1967. Evelyn served a 30 year career as a speech pathologist at the Louisiana Special Education Center. She also wrote a grant to create the Lecompte Historic Museum and worked to complete that project. She was active as a member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Lecompte. She created four historic markers in the town of Lecompte and was active in the Lecompte Garden Club for many years. She served two terms on the Rapides Parish Library Board and was named one of the Women of Achievement by Rapides Regional Medical Center and the Town Talk in 2001. Evelyn was the foundation and heart of her family. She gave tirelessly of her time and talents to her church, her family, and her community. She truly lived by the belief that it is better to give than to receive.


She is survived by her children, Lydia Grayson of Alexandria, David Carnal of Dubach, Laura Solomon and husband Thomas of Natchitoches, and Dorothy Carnal of Benton; six grandchildren, Amy Grayson Leslie, Emily DeJohn and husband Peter, Chelsey Walker and husband Adam, Paul Solomon, Margaret Davison and husband Travis, and Mary Kinder; three great grandchildren, Daniel Davison, Austin Solomon, and Evelyn DeJohn; four nieces and two nephews.


Pallbearers honored to serve are Mike Doughty, Bill Tanner, Jack Jackson, Paul Solomon, Adam Walker, and Peter DeJohn.


The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all of Evelyn’s caretakers, especially Miss Dana Seal for her loving devotion to our mother and father in their deepest hours of need.


Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time-of-service at the church Thursday July 24, 2014.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Holy Comforter Church, P.O. Box 1068, Lecompte, LA 71346.


To extend notes of condolence to the Carnal family, please visit us at www.KramerFunerals.com.

Published in the Alexandria Daily Town Talk July 24, 2014


Cindy P. Landry | Micro Information Systems Specialist 1 University of Louisiana at Lafayette | Advancement Services


(337) 482-0928 | cpl1999@louisiana.edu