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James Emmett Carr, Sr., age 58, 2527 Reed St., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at UPMC-Hamot. He was born in Erie on January 28, 1955, son of Rev. Fletcher Carr, Sr. and Luella Rose Carr of Erie.
He was a lifelong resident of Erie. He attended East High School, and graduated in 1974 from Wofford High School (Ky.), where he moved to train with the U. S. Olympic
wrestling team, and participate in the 1972 Olympics. He became the youngest member ever to earn a spot on an Olympic wrestling team, and still holds that distinction. He then attended the University of Kentucky, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and received a certificate in electronic technology from ITT Tech.
He was employed as an electronic technician at Bush Industries until he was disabled and had previously been employed at Elgin Electronics.
James loved wrestling and coached many teams in Erie - Team Erie at Cathedral Prep, St. Luke, the Harbor Creek Little Huskies, JFK Center and the Harbor Creek Rebels. He also coached teams in the Bay City Football League.
James was a member of Mt. Zion Apostolic Faith Church of God, where he sang in the choir. He was an avid Steelers fan and also enjoyed fishing, carpentry (he was a "jack of all trades" and could fix anything), and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Peggie Ann Carr Young; his grandparents, Oscar and Lena Carr and Willie and Betty Rose; two grandchildren, Oujileak Polk and Mark McLaurin, Jr.; and a niece, Victoria Diane Young.
In addition to his parents, he leaves to cherish his memory his children, James Emmett Carr, Jr. (Maria Rivera), Michael James Carr, Danielle Denise Carr, Stephanie Ann Carr McLaurin, all of Erie; his long-time companion and dearest friend, Janet LaRiccia of Erie; 14 brothers and sisters, Bishop Willie Carr (Verdia) of Erie, Fletcher Carr, Jr. (Cynthia) of Phoenix, Ariz., Ozella Smith of Erie, Norma Payton (Roosevelt) of College Park, Ga., Joseph Carr (Hilda) of Lexington, Ky., Polly Jones (Tim) of Cleveland, Ohio, Marie Roberts (Michael) of Brandon, Fla., Jerry Carr (Valerie) of Erie, Nathaniel Carr (Linda) of Centerville, Ohio, Dorcas Carr of Erie, Lena Franklin of Tampa, Fla., Solomon Carr (Sue) of Owings Mills, Md., Michael Carr (Elizabeth) of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mark Carr of Erie; a brother-in-law, Pastor William Young; five stepchildren; 19 grandchildren; 9 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; several aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., at First Born Apostolic Faith Church of God, 1221 E. 19th St., and may attend a homegoing service at the church on Thursday, 11 a.m., with Pastor John Thomas of Mt. Zion Apostolic Faith Church of God officiating and Pastor Nathaniel Carr (his brother) eulogizing. Interment in Erie Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by House of Law, 2926 Pine Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Erie Boys and Girls Club Wrestling Program, 1515 E. Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16511 (814-459-1977)
Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 20, 2013