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Karen Renee Trass Teamer, as she was affectionately known, transitioned into eternal rest Monday, March 30, 2021 at the age of 63. She was the only child born to General Trass Jr. and Elizabeth Brannum Trass. Like her parents, Karen attended East Carroll Parish Schools. She went on to attend Dillard University in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education. She also attended The University of Missouri at Columbia and received a Journalism Certification in Broadcast Journalism. Later, she went on to receive her Master’s in Education in K-12 Principalship/School Administration. While at Dillard University, Karen also known as “Big Sister Was Always Right” was initiated into the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Fall 1976. She was a dedicated life member of Omicron Lambda Omega Chapter in New Orleans. Karen enjoyed a lifetime of sisterhood and service. She often attended South Central Regional Conferences, cluster retreats, and loved traveling around the country to Boule with her Sorors. She was also a member of Jack and Jill of America and The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. Karen and Charles Carl Teamer, Jr. were united in holy matrimony on August 15, 1981. Blessed to this 39 year union were three children- Cherie Elizabeth Teamer Henley, Ashley Mary Teamer, and Charles Carl Teamer III. Karen’s children were her pride and joy, and she instilled in them Christian values and a love of education.During college, she interned at Bloomingdale’s in New York City. Karen’s early career started as a Mater Control Engineer at WYES-TV. She also worked as a Marketing Writer on WYLD Radio in New Orleans where she wrote commercials for on-air broadcasts. She always remembered her work in TV and radio fondly. As an educator, Karen was a beloved teacher at Tulane University Upward Bound, Francis T. Nichols High School, Joseph S. Clark High School, and Warren Easton Charter High School. She enjoyed her time in the classroom and loved working with students to teach them everything from the fundamentals to English literature. She later went on to become the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning during her 14 year tenure at Southern University New Orleans. In 2010 Karen moved to Lake Providence to manage the family business with her father General Trass Jr. Karen became a Licensed Professional Funeral Director and President of the Pride of Carroll Life Insurance Company. She loved coming home to her roots to work with the families that her family had served for two generations before her. A devoted and faithful member of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church of Lake Providence, Karen held several positions as an elder in the Church. She also enjoyed working closely to plan events with her classmates from Griffin High School in Lake Providence. Karen loved to attend festivals, fairs, and concerts with her children and friends. She could be found on any given spring afternoon at the Jazz Fest, The French Quarter Fest, or the Lake Providence Soul Fest dancing and having a blast while eating some of her husband’s BBQ Ribs. She was preceded in death by her parents General Trass Jr. and Elizabeth Brannum Trass, and aunts Martha Bell Brannum Christian, and Albertine Brannum Hayes, Ph.D. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband Charles Jr.; their three children; Cherie Teamer Henley, Ashley, a Masters of Fine Art in Painting graduate student at Yale University, and Charles III; her Father-in-Law Charles Teamer Sr. and Linda Teamer; Brother-in-Law Roderic Teamer Sr. and Toya Barnes-Teamer, Sister-in-Law Cheryl Teamer, her Son-in-Law Zach Henley and her nieces Tai, Tia and nephew Roderic Teamer Jr, and; her beloved cousins Kenneth Trass, Herman Trass, Erika Trass Smith, Candace Crute; and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 with Interment in Lake Providence Cemetery, Lake Providence, LA. Services Entrusted to Brannum Funeral Home 503 Sparrow Street Lake Providence, LA. 71254. (318) 559-2297. Floral arrangements may be sent to the Brannum Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at

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Published by The Times-Picayune from Apr. 7 to Apr. 10, 2021.
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Cleo Davis
April 2, 2023
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Brinda Holden
April 1, 2022
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Lee Don Quinn
May 16, 2021
Sending my sincere condolences. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Terry Gipson Iyasere
April 22, 2021

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What our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Teamer family, you will truly be missed.
Mrs. Teamer was my English teacher at Joseph S. Clark from 1987 to 1990. She loved teaching and I loved learning from her. She was an AWESOME, EXCELLENT, EXUBERANT very INTELLECTUAL teacher. I just want to say THANK YOU for being my teacher and giving me advise on life and how to pursue my goals. You were truly one of the BEST there was, you cared a great deal for your students and wanted everyone to excel in their studies and life. THANK YOU!
Taneschia Carter C/O 1990 BULLDOGS

Taneschia Carter
April 13, 2021

I met Mrs. Teamer while attending J. S. Clark Sr. High School. She was indeed the best English/Journalism teacher one could have. There are so many great memories of her as we grew to become friends. She enjoyed life, fashion and remained true to her students and family. Truly a beautiful soul, you will be greatly missed.

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April 13, 2021

Gone to soon, a break in the Ivy Vine, my condolences to family, friends and all the lives influenced by the joy and love shared with us.

Mary L Williams
April 10, 2021

Heartfelt condolences to the Teamer and Trass Families, from the entire Reed Family. It is still so hard to believe that Karen has transitioned. May her memory serve as a balm for her loving family and friends. She will be missed by many. Godspeed!

Dr. Pamela D. Reed
April 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Bobby Pierce
April 10, 2021

Cuz. I will always have Great Memories of Our Childhood and College Days. As you are laid to rest this day, May Our Heavenly Father Bless You and May HE provide Comfort and Peace to Your Family as Only HE Can.

Mario & Rosalind (Kennedy) Barnes
April 10, 2021

Charles, I’ll never forget how smitten you were with my cousin Karen back in 1977,78 . I was a freshman or sophomore at Dillard . You were hanging out on campus when you asked me to introduce you to my cousin . So here we are 39 years later and you and Karen have offspring, 3 to be exact .
I have many fond memories going to Lake Providence as a child to visit the family . Trass would always “ throw down “ in the kitchen . Charles, I wish you , the kids and family Gods peace which surpasses all understanding. Your cousins , Ernestine , Roland and Rolanda ; Ann, Elwin, sons and families

Ernestine Brannum Miller Mack
April 10, 2021

To Charles and Family, we are very sorry for the loss of
Karen. May you find comfort in the love of family and friends. Cherished moments of joy and happiness shared with Karen, Cherie, Ashley and Charles, III.
With God’s Blessing to your family.

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Roy and Sybil Badon Cyprian
April 10, 2021

Big Sister Karen may you rest in peace. To the Teamer/Trass family you are in my prayers.

Soror Antoinette Toni Williams-Fall 77 Beta Upsilon Chapter, Dillard University

Antoinette Toni Williams
April 10, 2021

Mrs. Teamer was one of my favorite English teachers at Warren Easton! She always pushed me to my greatest potential and saw my gift as a writer, even when I doubted myself. After I graduated and went on to Howard, she continued to support, encourage, and tell me how proud she was of me. I will remember her fondly.

Brittany Epps
April 10, 2021

Soror Karen was someone who brightened my day and spirit with just her smile. I don’t think she knew how much that simple thing meant to others. May God be with her children who were her pride and joy and her husband. Your wife and mother was my sorority sister and Jack and jill mom together.

Joyce Minnard
April 10, 2021

Offering my deepest condolences to the family. Sending prayers of strength and comfort to you all. I will always cherish our memories at Dillard University, Karen will truly be missed.

Pamela Caruthers
April 10, 2021

To my dear friend, role model, leader, my classmate. My heart aches. yes, but there is joy in knowing in my lifetime there was you and those memories will remain always. Thank you

Carl Davis
April 9, 2021

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Mrs Teamer..where do I start! You were one of my favorite teachers! You taught me how to articulate my words and because of it, folks think I speak proper. Lol. You will be greatly missed. Love your student from class of 1987.

Tabatha Thomas
April 9, 2021

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Monica Fisher McIntosh
April 9, 2021

May God bring peace and comfort to her husband, family and friends. She was such a caring and giving spirit. So many precious memories from Dillard University – Class of 79

Kathleen Haralson Dickerson
April 9, 2021

I really have the pleasure of you teaching me at Joseph S. Clark High School In New Orleans Louisiana..You was one of my favorite teachers and you will truly be missed