Lucille B. Caruthers
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:00 PM
Lucille Banister Caruthers, 101, of Madison formerly of Greenwood died April 25, 2014.
Graveside services were held April 28, 2014, at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood. Mrs. Caruthers was born April 2, 1913, in Lebanon, Ky. to Dr. Robert Martin Banister and Pearl Dow Banister.
She was a resident of Greenwood for 87 years and a member of the Leflore County Early Settlers Society. She later moved in 2005 to The Home Place in Madison. She graduated from Greenwood High School in 1930 and Delta State Teachers College in 1935. She was a member of the 50 year DSU Golden Circle. Her long teaching career started in Holcomb. For 23 years, she taught second grade at W.C. Williams Elementary, in Greenwood. Before retiring she also taught for the U.S. Armed Forces in Wurtzburg, Germany, the public school systems of Athens, Ga. and North Sunflower Academy of Drew. Her volunteer activities earned her card of thanks form President George H. Bush. She was recognized for 25 years of service to Cottonlandia Museum, presided as President of the Friends of Florewood, volunteered at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital as a "Pink Lady," was president of the Lefleur Garden Club, and an active member for over fifty years of the Chakchiuma Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Caruthers was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a Charter Member of the Greenwood Community Concert Association. She wrote book reviews for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and also taught the Frank Laubach program, "Each One Teach One," teaching illiterate adults to read. Mrs. Caruthers was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James Edgar Caruthers, her granddaughter Cynthia Banister Hardin Murphy, her son-in-law A.W. "Bubba" Shurden and her sister Jospehine Banister Miller. She is survived by her daughters Jo Lynn Vaughan of Madison, Ann Dow Shurden of Ridgeland;four grandchildren; sister Frances Rabb House of Greenwood, and seven great grandchildren.