Juanita Dark Lantrip

February 10, 1926 ~ October 7, 2011

Juanita Dark Lantrip, 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 07, 2011 from the comfort of daughter's home. Mrs. Lantrip was born in Marlowe, OK on February 10, 1926 to Cordia Stallons Dark and Ralph Jacob Dark.

Mrs. Lantrip found great joy in music. She was music major at McNeese State University for two years, taught piano lessons to many, enjoyed singing in a sextet in college.

Mrs. Lantrip was a lifelong member of Trinity Baptist Church. For many years she sang in the church choir and taught Sunday school. She treasured her Sunday school class, Bible Explorers, which was taught by her lifetime friend and sister-in-law, Adrienne Dark Robinson. She was an avid sports fan and her family's biggest cheerleader. She will be greatly missed.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 65 years, William W. Lantrip Jr. (91 years old) of Lake Charles; two sons, Keith and Janet Lantrip of Katy, TX, Kenneth and Sherry Kaye Lantrip of Ruston; four daughters; Lynda and John Boo Riche of Sulphur, Amy and Al Walsh of Vero Beach, FL, Beth and Bob Fontenot of Katy, TX and Cherilyn Lantrip of Houston, TX; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Ann Lantrip; her parents, one brother, Lanier Dark and one sister, Margaret Dwyer.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Sunday, October 9, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Al Walsh, III will officiate. Visitation Saturday will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Visitation Sunday will be from 11:00 AM until the time of service in the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 1800 Country Club Road, Lake Charles, LA, 70605.

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  1. Dear Mr. Billy and Kids,I want to express my condolances to you all for the loss of Mrs. Juanita. She was a dear person and I was always so glad to know she was such a good friend to Mom. I know how much Mom enjoyed having you all for neighbors, but especially Mrs. Juanita who would come visit and always watched out for her. Please know that you are all in my prayers and thoughts. May she rest in the peaceful arms of our Lord Jesus. God bless you all.Love and prayers, Marian Terranova Landry

  2. Juanita Lantrip was a jewel. She left us with countless memories endless love. I do not know of any family with 6 kids, who are ALL such wonderful Christians. You all amaze me. It speaks so highly of your Momma. Her kind, loving manner, her beautiful laughter will stay with me always. She was the heart of our neighborhood. Billy was the mind, in that we only thought of sports. He was the boss coach. As I drive past the old home at 1509-23rd, my mind's eye sees the 2 of them sitting on the porch drinking coffee. Greg I will always fondly remember the countless games of Spades. Mrs. Lantrip taught us how to play, so we learned from the best. More than anything, she loved us. We loved her dearly. I like to imagine she's drinking coffee in heaven with our Momma Daddy, all of our loved ones who have gone before. You are all in my thoughts prayers. Much Love, Greta

  3. Juanita was a favorite person and wonderful friend to my former mother-in-law, Eva Worthy. She was always there when Mom needed her. You are in my prayers at this time.My husband was Donald Worthy who remembers Alvin Dark as his Sunday School teacher.

  4. Keith and Janet,James and I are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughst and prayers are with you! We would love to make the services but are on our way out of town! Carrie called us when she read the paper, so that is how we found out. We burried Billy's mom Thursday, who is Carrie's husband! She was 90!!! They found a brain tumor 3 weeks ago, so it was fast, Bless her soul, thank God! Would love to have see you all! You will be in our prayers!Love, James and Toni

  5. Our hearts were sadden to read of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We hold many memories of your mom in our hearts. Heaven has gain an angel today. May God comfort you. Bill HaleLynda HaleGail Hale Vincent

  6. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace. I pray the lord gives you strength and patience during this sad time. God Bless you and your family! Love to all! Theresa Fontenot Bourgeois

  7. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace. I pray the lord gives you strength and patience during this sad time. God Bless you and your family! Love to all! Theresa Fontenot Bourgeois

  8. To the family of Juanita Lnatrip.We are sending you our sincere concolenses in your loss.David and Roselyn Hunter

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