Carolyn C. Luker • August 29, 2021
Carolyn C. Luker, 82, was born on August 26, 1939, in San Diego, California, to Otho Clevey Chancy and Virginia Pauline Hicks.
Carolyn’s parents moved the family to Pensacola in 1943 as a permanent change of station for her father’s career in the Navy. Their respective families lived all around the southeast, making Pensacola the perfect location to build a wonderful life for their children. Raised in Ensley, Carolyn attended Tate High School, where she was courted by the love of her life, James W. Luker. High school was their magical experience, setting the tone for their 63-year union as husband and wife. Carolyn was a cheerleader, class officer, homecoming queen – and well known by her peers. It was not her accomplishments or popularity that drew people to her liking; it was her kindness, geniality, and the subtle touch of elegance and class. Wilbur and Carolyn wed on May 9, 1958. Their early years of marriage were spent raising their two children. Carolyn was a dedicated mother who supported and loved her children wholeheartedly and unconditionally. As she raised her family, she Intermittently served as the admissions director for the United States Navy Flight Program. After leaving civil service, she served as secretary to the Escambia County School Board and school secretary at Hallmark Elementary for many years. After her service at Hallmark, Carolyn took an indefinite leave of absence to care for her mother, who was battling cancer at the time. Before returning to work, Carolyn dedicated her time to being a grandmother, her most prized and cherished title. Years later, Carolyn combined her love for children and vocation, serving as assistant director of the Little Eagles Child Development Program at Pine Forest High School. After the program closed, she served as secretary for the high school’s Deans’ office. Once again, inadvertently transforming the lives of impressionable children. Carolyn retired in 2005 and enjoyed traveling, gardening, weekly lunches with friends, and visiting Pensacola’s beautiful beaches. One of Carolyn’s most admirable qualities was her steadfast faith that Jesus Christ was her Lord and Savior. She possessed a natural ability to spread joy, no matter the circumstances of life. Carolyn prayed her way through life. Every detail of the day, every concern, failure or success, happiness or sadness, all covered by her unwavering commitment to the power of prayer. May her likeness live on through those who knew and loved her so dearly.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Otho Chancy and Pauline Edwards (Kenneth), and her son, Jimmy Luker.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, Wilbur Luker, brother, Rex Chancy, daughter, Chancy Smith (Jerry), daughter-in-law, Martha Luker, grandchildren; Adrienne Luker, J.D. Smith (Summer), Luker Smith, Cody Luker, great-grandchildren, Brady Smith and Haley Smith, and many cherished cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.
Since June 21, 2017, Carolyn battled cancer, selflessly enduring the pain and agony in hopes of shielding her loved ones from the heartache they are experiencing today. Her family and dear friends surrounded Carolyn as she entered the Kingdom of Heaven on August 29, 2021.
The family invites everyone to the public visitation on Friday, September 3, 2021, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Chapel. A celebration of life will immediately follow.
The service will be available via live webcast for anyone that cannot attend. You may watch the webcast live and/or for 90 days after day of service by entering this website address into one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/iPhone):
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In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Judes Children’s Hospital in honor of Carolyn.
Thank you all for your continued prayers, encouragement, and support!
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