W. A. "Dub" Carruth

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William Artie "Dub" Carruth, Jr.

(Businessman from Alexandria, Louisiana)

Political party Democrat

Born October 9, 1927
Alexandria, Louisiana
Died July 9, 2018 (aged 90)
Alexandria, Louisiana

Resting place:
Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana

Spouse (1) Annie Merle Barker Juneau (divorced)

(2) Dolores Hart Wagnon Carruth (divorced)
(3) Susan Elizabeth Irwin Carruth (married c. 1991-2018, his death)
Children:
William Jeffery Carruth
Kenneth Hiram Carruth (1956-2014)
Nancy Elizabeth Parker
Stacy Elizabeth Milliner
Lindsay Ellington
Kathryn G. "Kate" Dickey

Religion Pentecostal

William Artie Carruth, Jr., known as Dub Carruth (October 9, 1927 – July 9, 2018),[1] was a house and apartment developer from Alexandria, Louisiana.

Background

Carruth was one of five children of William Carruth, Sr. (1892-1974), a merchant, and the former Beulah Ella Banks (1898-1975).[2] His older brother, Wallace Earl Carruth, Sr. (1923-2017), was a clergyman in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.[3] His younger brother, Charles H. Carruth (1933-2003), [4] was a former builder who was named in 1972 as the Alexandria fire chief.[5] Carruth was thrice married, first to the former Annie Merle Barker, later Annie Juneau (1930-1978);[6] then Dolores Hart Wagnon Carruth (1930-2000),[7] and Susan Elizabeth Irwin Carruth, his surviving widow born on May 6, 1949, whom he wed c. 1991.[8]

Career

At the age of nine, Carruth purchased his first piece of property; when he sold the property, he doubled his investment. At the age of nineteen, he built his first house. After service in the United States Navy, he began to establish Quaker Lumber Company, W. A. Carruth Construction & Real Estate Company, and most recently, Carruth Properties. A master craftsman, Carruth built hundreds of high-quality homes across Central Louisiana. He brought modern apartment living to Alexandria with Williamsburg Apartments & Condominiums, Parliament Square Apartments & Condominiums, Gatehouse Espana and his proudest accomplishment, Nottingham Apartments & Camelot Towers. He was instrumental in paving Parliament Drive and Heyman Lane in Alexandria. He developed the subdivisions Wilshire Park, Castle Village, Briarwood, Briarwood West, and Village Green in Pineville. In 1977, Carruth, a Democrat, was elected to the first Alexandria City Council[8] established to succeed the previous commission form of municipal government. He served under Democratic Mayor Carroll Edwin Lanier (1926-2012), who from 1969 to 1973 had been the penultimate Alexandria finance and utilities commissioner. Carruth won a second term on the council in 1982 during the second nonconsecutive administration of John K. Snyder.[9]

Death

Carruth died in Alexandria at the age of ninety. Services were held on July 13, 2018, at The Pentecostals of Alexandria with the Reverend Anthony Mangun officiating. Carruth was a Pentecostal usher and had appeared in a church production of Handel's The Messiah. Interment was at the Carruth family plot at Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana.[8]Coincidentally, his second wife, Dolores, is interred in another Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford in Custer County in her native Oklahoma.[7]

References

  1. William Artie "Dub" Carruth, Jr.. Oldfindagrave.com. Retrieved on July 13, 2018.
  2. William A. Carruth, Sr.. Old.findagrave.com (July 13, 2018).
  3. Rev. Wallace E. Carruth, Sr.. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 13, 2018.
  4. Charles H. Carruth. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 13, 2018.
  5. Jerry Humphries (July 30, 1972). He's a Gospel-Singing, House-Building Fireman. The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved on July 13, 2018.
  6. Annie Merle Barker Juneau. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 13, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dolores Hart Carruth. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 13, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 W. A. "Dub" Carruth obituary. The Alexandria Town Talk (July 13, 2018).
  9. Jim Liggett (January 25, 1984). Residents Object to Construction of Church. The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved on July 14, 2018.