Carolyn Sue Smith Gulley

January 25, 1940 ~ October 8, 2010

Carolyn Sue Smith Gulley, 70, of Lake Charles died Friday, October 8, 2010 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Gulley was born, raised and educated in Delhi, LA. She was a graduate of Judson College in Marion, AL where she met and later married her college sweetheart and husband of twenty- seven years, William "Buz" Gulley, Jr... She has lived the past forty years in Lake Charles.

Outside of her family, Mrs. Gulley had two great loves, the Lord and teaching. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, WMU Director and Youth and Activities Secretary. Mrs. Gulley was fortunate in that she was able to take time off as a teacher to be a devoted wife and mother. She took twenty years off from teaching and returned in 1991. During this time she was a teacher for LaGrange High School, Calcasieu PM School and thirteen years at Bell City High School, where she was 2000/2001 Teacher of the Year. She was always very active in community and school functions.

Mrs. Gulley will be most remembered as a "prayer warrior with a servant's heart".

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Jodi Lyn Gulley of Spring, TX and Melanie Anne Ceynar and husband Jeffery of Houston, TX; one grandchild, William Jeffery Ceynar of Houston, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 PM Monday, October 11, 2010 in Trinity Baptist Church under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Reverend Greg Bath will officiate. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation Sunday will be from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM in the funeral home. Visitation Monday will be from 1:00 PM until the time of service in the church.

Donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Securing the Future Fund, 1800 Country Club Road, Lake Charles, LA 70605 or Bell City High School Library Fund, 7161 Highway 14 East, Bell City, LA 70630.

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  1. I have alot of good memories of Mrs. Gulley's class. She was such a good teacher and always shared stories of her husband and daughters with our class. She was very passionate and devoted to her career. She will be missed.

  2. Jodi and Melanie–We were very sad to hear of your Mom's death. She was a veryspecial person and was very proud of her girls. We recall all the good times when you were growing up. You are in our prayers.

  3. John 11:25Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the lief. He who believes in M, though he may die, he shall live.As she is now in the kingdom of the one she loved so much.Jodi may you and your family be at peace in knowing this.God Bless you!Pamela

  4. Melanie, I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family in the days ahead. God bless you all. Sincerely, Kim LaHood

  5. My heartfelt condolences go out to your famil for the loss of your MAMA. I and my family will keep her in our prayers.

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