William Ray Carr | Families
William Ray Carr passed from this life on Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Kennett, Missouri. He was born September 4, 1924, in St. Francis, Arkansas, to the late Marion and Delphia Harell Carr.
He graduated from Greenway High School and served his country as a member of the 218th Ambulance Company National Guard Unit. He was employed as USDA Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service in the Clay County office in Corning, Arkansas, and later in the Piggott, Arkansas office. His employment and cooperation with the farmers in Clay County spanned 41 years until his retirement in 1989.
Following retirement Mr. Carr volunteered for many community efforts. He was Clay County’s Fair Board President and was awarded Literacy Volunteer of the Year by the American Bar Association. He also often volunteered at the local elderly care facilities playing dominoes or reading with residences.
Mr. Carr was ordained as a deacon by the Call’s Chapel General Baptist Church in 1952 where he proudly served at the time his death. He also served as deacon at the Corning General Baptist Church while living in Corning.
He was instrumental in the formation of the Corning Little League Baseball Association. He spent 10 years as manager of the Jaycee Little League, going to the state championship four times.
He was a former member of the Piggott Lions Club and was a member of National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association and Gideon’s International.
He was united in marriage to Ida Velera Crowson on December 19, 1947. She preceded him in death on July 4, 2010, after 62 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Marion Carr, Jr. and Louis Carr.
Survivors include his daughter, Charray Rogers and husband Gaylon of Blytheville, Arkansas; one son, Brent Carr and wife Brenda of Kennett, Missouri; five grandchildren: Brittney Mills and husband Ricky of Benton, Arkansas, Hannah Rogers of Blytheville, Arkansas, and Mackenzie, B.J. and Blake Carr of Kennett, Missouri; great grandson, Cooper Mills; any many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hoggard & Sons Chapel with James Turner and James Henry Dortch officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be members of the immediate family. Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation is 12:00 p.m. Wednesday until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon’s International.
Photo provided by Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home.