Services for Joseph M.C. (Murphy) Carrier Jr. was at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Father Sebastian Kallarackal officiating. Interment followed at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family received friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
Murphy was born Nov. 12, 1922 to Natalie Soileau Carrier and Murphy Carrier Sr. in Palmetto. He graduated from Minden High School and was married to Marie Anderson Carrier from 1942 until her death in April 2009. He proudly served his country during WWII in the Asia Pacific Theatre in the Southern Philippines, Bismark Archipelago, New Guinea & Luzon. During his service he was awarded two Bronze Stars, Merit Unit Award, Bronze Indian Arrowhead, God Conduct Medal, APTO Medal and Purple Heart.
Murphy is survived by one son Barry Carrier and wife Rita of Bossier City; one grandson John Carrier and wife Cara with great-grandsons John David Carrier and Jackson Carrier all of Benton. Two nieces Lynda Campbell of Melbourne, Florida; Patricia Moore of Slidell; two nephews Don Long of Shreveport and Jim Sturgis of Plano, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife Marie, parents Natalie & Murphy Sr. and one sister Violet Carrier Sturgis, two sisters-in-law Maxine Mobley and Martha Long.
He was employed by Kansas City Southern Railroad as a Locomotive Engineer and later as a Road Foreman of Locomotive Engineers until his retirement in 1982.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of the staff and employees of Heritage Manor Stratmore, where he was known as Mr. J.C., for the wonderful care and kindness shown to him and our family during this long battle with Alzheimer’s. We couldn’t imagine facing this dreaded disease without your loving care, guidance and understanding. Also thank you to Life Path Hospice for the compassionate care and guidance you showed us during these last few days.