James Ferrell Carraway, a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away peacefully on June 13th, 2023, with loved ones at his side at the age of eighty-six. He was born on October 22, 1936, in Winnfield, Louisiana. Ferrell was the ninth of ten children born to Charles Morgan Carraway Sr, and Leona Clotelle (Tinsley) Carraway.
He graduated from Istrouma High School, Baton Rouge in 1954, where he was a member of the high school football team. He was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol and his desire was to be an Air Force pilot. He was nominated for the first class of the Air Force Academy, however, failed his eyesight exam. He then went on to attend Louisiana State University (LSU), where he graduated with a double degree in Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering in 1959. Ferrell proudly served in the ROTC while attending LSU. After graduation he accepted his first job with Lockheed Aircraft located in Ontario, California which then led to his extensive international career. His career with Lockheed led him to Saudi Arabia in 1969 where he spent nearly a decade and then was instrumental in establishing a new construction company called Red Sea Housing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Eventually the executive team took the company internationally and then later he retired as CEO in 2006 at the age of 70. Ferrell was an avid golfer and a die-hard LSU sports fan. In his travels around the world, he accomplished two of his bucket list items by playing golf at St. Andrews in Scotland and Pebble Beach in California. During his freshman year at LSU he went on a blind date and met the love of his life, Nell Marie Milton of Baker, Louisiana. They were wed on June 1st, 1957 and were married for 66 years.
Ferrell is survived by his wife Nell Marie Milton Carraway and 2 sons, James Ferrell Carraway Jr., (Tidakan), Ricky Lynn Carraway. Three grandchildren: Brittany Nicole Carraway Venia, (Michael), Jayson Ferrell Carraway, Jayme Ashley Carraway. Two great grandchildren: Canyon Ibrahim Venia, Lyric River Venia. Ferrell is also survived by one sister Nancy Edna Carraway Stubbs.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Morgan and Leona Clotelle Carraway, and his siblings, Alfred Bernard, Eva Evangeline, Samson Ray, Benjamin Reese, Charles Morgan Jr, Rosa Bell Carraway Cutrer, Vesta Lou, Jane Leona Carraway Green.
Visiting hours will take place at Resthaven on June 19th, 2023 from 10AM until services at 11AM. Burial will follow at Resthaven.
Pallbearers will be Tim Stubbs, Darren Merritt, Mark Milton, Pat Milton, Miki Milton, Bruce Kirkpatrick.
In lieu of flowers please feel free to make donations to First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802 or Jubilee Pioneers, 12648 Patin Dyke Road, Ventress, Louisiana 70763 in James Ferrell Carraway’s name.
The family of Ferrell wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Louis Minsky and his entire team, Dr. Christopher Mc Canless & team, Dr. Andrew Lauve & team, Dr. Marcus John & team, The Baton Rouge Hospice Homecare team, Hospice Butterfly Wing team, and the Griswold Homecare for Baton Rouge team for all their support.