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J. Edwin Carothers

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J. Edwin Carothers passed from this life Monday, December 20th, 2010. He was born March 26th, 1916, in Doddridge County, WV, son of Joseph and Lilly Smith Carothers, who preceded him in death.  “Ed” graduated with a B.S. in Forestry and a M.F. from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University, and a Ph. D from Michigan State University.  Dr. Carothers retired from Louisiana Tech University in July of 1986 after teaching there for more than 20 years. He and Susan Nickell of Hazel Green, KY, were married June 18th, 1944. They had two children: James L. and Barbara, both of whom graduated from Louisiana Tech University. Ed was a dedicated member and elder in the University Presbyterian Church, which later merged with First Presbyterian Church of Ruston.  He was a Sunday school teacher and leader of the Mexico Mission Project and Habitat for Humanity.  He sang bass in the PCR choir. He attended the 8th World Forest Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1984 and also made a professional trip to China in 1986.  He spoke limited Chinese. He was a dedicated member of the Society of American Foresters, beginning in 1938, and was known as the oldest such member in Louisiana and Mississippi. He served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Forestry Association.  He expressed his pride in forestry students and tried to inspire them.  He stimulated his students, both men and women, to explore and think about the issues of the day and the basic fundamentals of economics and policy. Ed was the forest manager of the Alpine, Tennessee Forest Reserve for five years.  This was a project of the Board of National Missions, Presbyterian Church USA. While in Alpine, he was granted leave for two months to help deliver 360 draft mares from New Orleans to Yugoslavia. This voyage was one of the first for what is now the Heifer Project. Ed was a dedicated father, husband, and neighbor. Ed’s memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston on
Sunday, December 26th at 2:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Ruston.  To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

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