CARR, REVEREND MELVIN DAVID - age 89, Pittman Center went home to be with his Lord, on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Melvin Carr grew up in the Sugarlands that of what is now part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park until 1932. He loved the mountains and after having to leave he returned often to fish and hike and witness God's handiwork. At the age of 16 he went to work for the CCC's in the Sugarland Camp assisting the doctor as a First Aid Boy. At age 17, he joined the United States Navy serving on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania as a gunner. He was proud of his service during World War II. He fought in 10 major battles in the Pacific. During this time he always prayed that God would allow him to come home to the Smokies to witness to his brothers and sisters. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in Sevier County in October of 1953. He pastored ten different churches during his lifetime ministry and led many revivals across our country. A person never encountered Melvin Carr without receiving a witness about the Lord he served. Many people will remember Melvin Carr as the man with the big warm smile and how much he loved to trout fish; grouse hunt and hike in the Smokies. But all will remember him as a Faithful Christian Man who loved the Lord. Melvin Carr supported his family as a farmer and a carpenter on commercial buildings and bridges. His daughters have memories of all the people he brought home with him. It did not matter who you were or what station in life you held, he would always say, "I bet Eunice (mom) will have something good to eat." And she always did. What a great father he was to our brother, us and his two grandsons, his nephews and all their friends. God gave him a special fishing talent to enable him to be a witness to many. On June 2, 2014 Eunice Watson Carr his beloved wife of 68 years preceded him in death. His only son Danny Arthur Carr was killed in Vietnam, July 3, 1969. His parents were Lee and Pearl Reagan Carr, his sisters: Bess King, Evelyn Myers, and Dorothy Smelcer preceded him in death. His brothers: Jess Carr and Jim King also preceded him in death. Survivors: daughters: Ruth Carr Miller and Mary Ann Carr Hines and husband Charles; grandsons: Daniel Arthur Lindbert and Nicholas Allen Linderbert; great granddaughter: Adyson Reese Lindbert; sisters: Caressie Marcum and Beulah King; brother: Forrest Carr. Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Richardson Cove Baptist Church with Reverend David Ray and Reverend Lee Carr. A eulogy will be given by special friend Ken Jenkins. Music will be provided by Ray Ball trio, Courtney Burris and Charlie Rowe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Grove Baptist Church, 3319 Camp Smoky Lane, Sevierville, TN 37876. Interment will follow at 10:30 on Friday morning in Zion Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post # 104. Reverend David Ayers will officiate at the graveside service. The family will receive friends at the church from 3:00 until 6:45 p.m. on Thursday. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2014