PHOTO: File photo of Judge Burrell Carter, addressing graduates at Southeastern Louisiana University commencement in 2013. (Photo courtesy of SLU)
GREENSBURG---Retired First Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge Burrell Carter died Monday following a brief illness.
In a message shared on social media, Judge Carter’s son, State Representative Robby Carter, asked the public to keep his family in their prayers.
A lifelong resident of St. Helena Parish, Judge Carter served 38 years on the bench. He came within a few weeks of setting the record for the longest serving judge in Louisiana at the time of his retirement in 2012.
Burrell Carter was a man for whom family was everything. His own father, Robert T. Carter, worked as an attorney in rural St. Helena Parish for more than 25 years and served as a delegate to the 1921 Louisiana Constitutional Convention. He died when Burrell was just four-years-old. His mother, Elizabeth, was a school teacher, and she raised Burrell and his two brothers.
Burrell Carter graduated as valedictorian of his class at Greensburg High School and went on to rise to the top of his class at LSU Law School. He followed in his father’s footsteps, establishing a law practice in St. Helena, where no other attorney had set up residency in the years since Carter’s father died. He also married a school teacher named Helen Bridges, his beloved wife who remained by his side for more than 60 years.
The couple had two children, Robert “Robby” Johnston Carter and Elizabeth “Libby” Carter Peak, and later, five grandchildren, who were a source of great pride for the late Judge.
Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite, Louisiana, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 and at Greensburg United Methodist Church from 9:00 a.m. until funeral services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Ken Reed, Rev. Don Lum, Rev. A. W. O’Quinn, and Fr. Mark Beard. Burial will follow in Greensburg Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his three grandsons, Julius Freidman, Bimbo Relan, Marshall Harvin, Ricky Webb, and Justice Jeff Hughes. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gov. John Bel Edwards, Gov. Mike Foster, Gov. Edwin Edwards, Judge Bob Downing, Judge Walter Lanier, Sr. , Judge Kenneth Fogg, Judge Janice Clark, Judge Billy Kline, Judge Duke Welch, Judge Zorraine Waguespack, Chief Judge Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge Charles Jones, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, John Gallaspy, Ed Walters, Don Carmouche, Senator Cleo Fields, Ken Johnston, Dr. Nollie Felts, Frank Johnson, Dr. Randy Moffett, Randy Webb, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, Joey Guzzardo, and Johnny McClendon.