Obituary: John Paul Carr


Obit Carr

John Paul Carr, 88, died May 14, 2014. Born Oct. 10, 1925 in Centralia, Ill., he was the son of Oliver Floyd Carr and Leona Clara (Gragg) Carr. He had a twin brother, Walter Scott Carr.

He was trained in Fairview Grade School in Marion County, Ill. and Centralia Township High School in Centralia. He attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary and Lincoln Bible Institute, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1951; Butler School of Religion; and Ball State University, receiving his masters in education degree in 1966.

He met his bride-to-be, Betty Lee Brattain, at Lincoln Bible Institute in 1948, and they were married June 30, 1950 in the Clarksville Christian Church in Noblesville. His early training also began in his parents’ home and the 180-year-old Mount Mariah Christian Church in Centralia. He worked at an auto dealer’s parts store and a favorite hardware store as a salesman.

While attending LBI, He preached in two half-time churches in southern Illinois. He later served several churches near Danville, Ill. He later became pastor at the Daleville Christian Church, and ad-interim ministries following his work in Daleville. He taught elementary education for 24 years in Lawrence Township in Marion County, before retiring in 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; son, John; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pauline Gragg Carr; and brothers, Oliver Eugene Carr and Walter Scott Carr.

Funeral services were held May 19 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan St., Noblesville, with The Rev. Shockley Flick officiating. Burial followed at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.

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