Funeral services for Rev. Louis Bernard Canterbury, 80, were held Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. in Central Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Dale Strother and Rev. Lavell Spillers officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery, Arcadia, under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Visitation was held at Central Baptist Church on Saturday beginning at noon and extending until service time.
Mr. Canterbury was born August 20, 1931 in Simsboro to Thomas C. "Cal" and Lucy Louise Ballance Canterbury and stepped from life temporal to life eternal, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 in New Orleans, in the presence of a legacy of family members singing "Amazing Grace," following a prayer of a Godly nurse.
Bernard loved and served his Lord, his wife, his family and his friends. He loved to laugh, he loved life and he lived to love. The only things larger than his sense of humor were his heart and his faith. He was a leader of many, servant to One, a loving and supportive husband and father, a grandfather and great-grandfather, a hero to some and a friend to all.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jo Anna Canterbury of Sarepta; daughter, Julie Everett and husband, Tim of Springhill; sons, Jeff Canterbury and wife, Mary of Homer, Joey Canterbury and wife, Diana of Haynesville and Richard Canterbury and wife, Cindy of Sarepta; sister, Margie Brown and husband, Dale of Sarepta; eight grandchildren, Chris Canterbury, Clay Canterbury, Blake Canterbury and wife, Ashley, Patrick Canterbury and wife, Lindsey, Zachary Taylor, Hannah Everett, Lily Grace Everett and Seleta Canterbury; two great-grandchildren, Emmrie Canterbury and Noah Canterbury and special friends, Smiley and Shirley Nehls.
Mr. Canterbury was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers were grandsons; Dale Brown, Johnny Powell, Smiley Nehls and Bobby Gene Canterbury, honorary pallbearer.
Memorials may be made to the N.E.T. Clinic, 200 W. Esplanade, Suite 200, Kenner, LA 70065
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