Carl Baloney Sr.

Carl Baloney, Sr., affectionately known as “Butch”, departed this life on Monday, June 12, 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family.
A native of Garyville, Louisiana, Carl Baloney, Sr., was born on Mardi Gras day, February 18, 1947. He was the son of the late Earl Baloney, Sr. of Garyville, Louisiana and the late Ophelia Borne Baloney of Edgard, Louisiana. Carl was the loving and doting husband of Geraldine “Geri” Broussard Baloney. He was the proud father of seven children, Colette Baloney Choate (Clifford), Yvette Baloney Perrilloux (Kenneth), Malik Baloney, Markus Baloney, Abril Baloney Sutherland (Tyrone), Quendi Baloney Darville (Lawrence), and Carl Baloney, Jr. (Kirk) He is also survived by twenty-three grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Carl was educated in St. John the Baptist Parish Public School system. He graduated from the Straight School of Business in New Orleans. Following in his father’s footsteps, he graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science at the young age of 18 and beginning working with his father at the Earl Baloney & Sons Mortuary and Ambulance Service during which time he was a licensed EMT. Carl graduated from Dillard University, studied pre-med at Columbia University in New York, and obtained a Masters in Social Work from Southern University in New Orleans.
He has been the General Manager of the Baloney Funeral Home since 2000. At the age of 24, Carl was the youngest elected official in the State when he was elected to serve on St. John Parishes School Board. During his tenure with the School Board, he was the founder of the system’s first black history month program, which continues today. From there, Carl held several positions including, serving as St. John Parish’s Deputy Assessor, St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office as Chief Administrative Officer and Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals under Governor Edwin Edwards.
More recently, Carl was on faculty at Delgado Community College where he taught Anatomy and Physiology and was the Director of Clinical Embalming; from there he went on to serve as the founding Administrator of Southern University at Shreveport’s first Funeral Service Program. Through these academic positions, Carl has trained hundreds of funeral directors and embalmers throughout the State; he has lectured internationally, including South Africa where he had the pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison. In his earlier political life, Carl was one of the founders of River Area Improvement League, an organization that was successful in uniting a seven-parish area of black voters who supported candidates who stood for equality and opportunity for African Americans. This organization was the first of it’s kind in this state and was successful in getting many first’ elected and appointed positions for African American in the 60’s. He was a member of The Townsmen- which was formed in 1954 and the STUDS Club founded in 1946, whose exclusive membership includes prominent educators and businessman from the New Orleans Metropolitan area; their primary mission and agenda is providing financial scholarships for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was also an honorary member of the Cape African Funeral Directors Association of South Africa.
In 1997, Carl and his wife purchased Emilie Plantation, an affiliate of the very plantation that his family once lived and worked as slaves. Most recently, Carl and his wife purchased the former Good Housekeeping Store, a 32,000 square foot facility and transformed it into a business center housing the Baloney Funeral Home, La Belle Place Reception and Conference Center and the Broussard Baloney Law Firm.
His home church is True Light Baptist Church, Garyville, Louisiana. His Borne family church is New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Edgard, LA. He is a member of the Greater New Plymouth Rock Baptist Church in Reserve. Carl was a trailblazer, a father and grandfather, an educator, a businessman and community servant. He will be dearly missed.
Relatives and friends of the family, also pastors, officers and members of The True Light Baptist Church, Garyville and New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Edgard, LA; and New Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, Reserve, Louisiana, members of the Studs Club, Inc., Townsman, Inc., Links and Connecting Links, Alumnae Associations of Dillard University and Southern University at New Orleans are invited to attend a public viewing on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 2 pm to 6 pm. The celebration of life for Carl will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at The Baloney Funeral Home, 1905 West Airline Highway, Laplace, Louisiana 70068. Viewing commencing at 10:00 a.m., followed by funeral service at 11:00 am. Pastor David Carter, Greater New Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, Reserve, LA officiating. Burial will follow at Providence Park Cemetery, 1800 Airline Highway, Metairie, Louisiana 70003. Professional services entrusted to The Baloney Funeral Home, LLC, 1905 West Airline Highway, LaPlace, Louisiana 70068, (985) 224-8460 assisted by Rhodes Funeral Home and the Louisiana State Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. Condolences may be shared at



June 18th, 2017

Dear Ms. Geri Baloney, Carl, Kirk and the Baloney Family: I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Carl and of course Ms. Geri last year on a business trip with Carl, Jr. I just read over his obituary and although I knew that he was accomplished, I am just amazed at what a rich and full live he led. I am so sorry for your loss and I hope that you will take comfort in your wonderful memories of him. I will be thinking of you. Sincerely, Bill McColl

June 16th, 2017

Malik, Abril, & family please accept my deepest sympathy. You have my prayers, Love Valeta

June 16th, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort sustain you as you await the promises found at John 5:28,29 and Rev. 21:4 where God promises to do away with all the things that cause us suffering and pain including death here on the earth forever.(Psalm 37:29) It is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family at this time.


June 16th, 2017

My prayers are that God will console you all during this difficult time. Mr Baloney was my embalming instructor at Delgado Comm. College. Many fond memories of him and his beautiful wife Geri. Such a great loss.

June 15th, 2017


June 14th, 2017

Mrs. Geri, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Carl's passing. I will be praying for you and your family.

June 14th, 2017

To the family of Carl"Butch" Baloney, I would like to extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to you at this time of bereavement. Hold on to those precious memories and they will help you through these trying times. Praying for you all.

June 14th, 2017

We give our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the Baloney family,
CARL "Butch" Baloney will truly be miss,his great proffessionalism and his warm personalty and the great impact of a very professional business they both to Laplace was an assett in Laplace, Louisiana. Revelation 21:3,4.Just a little while longer and death will be no more. BE Bless.

June 14th, 2017

My sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved him. He had such a warm and commanding presence and a great spirit. I appreciate his partnership and collaboration but also his honesty and dedication. He was one of a kind, for sure. Though we will all miss him, I thank God for the life he lived and for the peace he now has.
Adrian Guy Anderson
New Orleans, LA

June 14th, 2017

To Mr. Baloney's family, please accept my condolences for your loss. May you be comforted ny the God of all comfort during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4.

June 13th, 2017

My deepest condolences to the family. You will be greatly missed. I will cherish you always Mr. Baloney.

Shannon Woods


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