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Obituary for James E. Carr
Few people lived a more exemplary, fulfilling, and meaningful life than did James E. Carr, who passed away peacefully at home on Christmas morning 2017. James “Pops” Carr was a gentle, Godly man who has been called by many names: friend, deacon, Sunday School Teacher, brother, son, brother-in-law, uncle, world’s greatest father and grandfather, and a loving husband of 52 years to Martha.
Born in McCool, Mississippi on September 5, 1939, to the late Everette Lee Carr and the late Novice Kennedy Carr. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by niece Katrice Carr, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kimble Clark and Margaret Hoss Clark.
James spent his early life in Durant, MS where lifelong friends and lifetime memories were formed. After graduation from high school he enrolled at Mississippi State University in 1957 where he excelled as a student and leader. He was involved in the MSU Board of Publications, Accounting Club, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, MSU Commerce Cabinet, MSU Elder Statesman, MSU Student Association, Reflector (Business Manager), Scabbard and Blade National Military Honor Society, member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and was a MSU ROTC officer where he was selected cadet of the year.
Upon graduation from MSU, he served in the Army for four years where he was honorably discharged as a Captain.
James was a CPA and enjoyed a 35 year career at Mississippi School Supply Company (MISSCO), serving many of those years as treasurer. In 2001 James started Carr and Company, specializing in furniture for the faith based market.
James was a tireless servant to the local community serving in the Junior Chamber of Commerce for many years and served on many boards where he was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Most notably, James served as Mississippi’s local chairman of The Billy Graham Crusade in 1975. A few months prior to the crusade James hosted in his home George Beverly Shea, Cliff Barrows and many other members of the Graham organization that culminated with Dr. Billy Graham having dinner in the home of the Carr family one night following the crusade. The following year he was instrumental in bringing Corrie Ten Boon to Mississippi where “The Hiding Place” had its premier showing in the city of Jackson. She also shared a meal at the Carr dinner table.
The Carr home hosted many special guests, but James considered the company of his beloved wife and children incomparable to the rest.
If you knew James, you know that he enjoyed the simple things in life. He had a kind encouraging word for everyone whether it was a short visit with neighbors while he was sitting on the porch or doing yard work or greeting you at the door of First Baptist Church. Anyone wearing MSU apparel gained an extra moment of his time. He relished a road trip. A good time would be had visiting his children in Florida and Arkansas or accompanying Martha to the mall where he was the designated purse carrier.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha “Sissy” Clark Carr, of Madison; his sons: Michael Carr (Sue), of Clearwater, Florida; David Carr (Leigh Anne), of Jackson; and Richard “Dickey” Carr (Jessica), of Hot Springs, Arkansas; his daughter, Angel Leach (Eric), of Madison; brother, Gerald Carr, of Baton Rouge; brother-in-law, Bill Clark (Jean), of Brandon; grandchildren: Alexis, Hailey, Ryan, Will, Emily, Kizer, Baylor, Lanie, and Tyler; nieces: Christi Gardner (Chris), Kim Smith (Dustin), Julie Clark, Karmin Carr, and Kimen Carr; great nieces, Kayleigh Fisher and Gracie Gardner; great nephews, Chase Arbour, Jake and Lane Smith; and numerous other loving relatives and friends.
Friends are invited to visitation with the family at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Jackson, 431 N. State St, where the funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Interment will follow in Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.