Joseph Edwin Carr, age 83 of Knoxville, is rejoicing in his salvation. He was born in Harrogate, Tennessee and passed away in Knoxville on February 10, 2014. Joe was preceded in death by parents, Joseph Maurice Carr and Delores Pope Carr, wife, Nell Vermillion Carr, and brother, Jack Maurice Carr. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, David and Angie Carr of Libertyville, IL, daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne and John Stanfield of Chattanooga, Ginny and Owen Smith of Tazewell, Mary and Dennis McDonald of Maryville, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind sisters, Betty Biggs and Pat Carr, dear friend Juanita Peters, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
At the age of 12, Joe began working as a cave guide at Cudjo's Cave in Cumberland Gap, TN. He attended Powell Valley High School and transferred to Middlesboro High School to play in the marching band and orchestra. A proud Railsplitter, Joe graduated from Lincoln Memorial University, where he played varsity tennis and met his wife, Nell. He served four years in the U. S. Air Force and worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for over 30 years and was the first Finance Officer for the Work for Others project. He was a Mason and member of Shawanee Lodge. Joe played tennis competitively in his 50's and 60's and was at one time the number 2 ranked senior doubles player in Tennessee. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling, and gardening.
Joe was a faithful member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church for 55 years, where he was an active deacon, a member of the Faith Evangelism Team, a member of the Prayer Ministry, a Sunday School teacher and Training Union leader. He enjoyed singing in the church choir as well as with the South Knoxville Senior Center Joy Makers and the O'Connor Senior Citizen's Center Singers. He had served on the Board of Volunteer Ministries and on the Advisory Committee of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).
The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 15, from 5:00-7:30 P.M. at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church with service immediately following at 7:30.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wallace Memorial Baptist Church Prayer Ministry or to Lincoln Memorial University, designated for the Joe Ed and Nell Carr Memorial Scholarship in Athletics (tennis scholarship) and addressed to Lincoln Memorial University, Attn: University Advancement, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752 (423-869-6351).
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