Mrs. Bertha Rose Watkins Carr of Statesboro passed peacefully away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
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Rose was born October 11, 1935, in Toomsboro, on her grandfather's farm, where she was welcomed into the world by her loving parents, Ollie and Nathaniel Watkins and four adored siblings, Norma Elizabeth (Cope), Lemuel Augustus, Curtis Cannon and Barbara Ann (Anderson). In 1940, the family moved to Union Springs, Ala., where they lived until moving to Hinesville at the end of WWII.
Rose's memories of Hinesville were dear to her, and she made many close friends with whom she kept in touch throughout her life. Involved in many activities, she was a four-year starter on the girls' basketball team and in 2006 was inducted into the Liberty County Athletic Hall of Fame. She met her future husband, George Paul Carr Jr., in Hinesville and they married in 1958, after they graduated from Georgia Teachers College in 1957.
At GTC, she was a member of myriad clubs and societies, taking on leadership positions and working at the library, all while maintaining honor roll in business education. She and Paul lived several years in Cochran, where they welcomed their first daughter, Olivia Ann Carr (Edenfield).
In 1960, the family moved to Austell, where Rose taught third grade. During their years in Austell, their second daughter, Paula Lynn Carr (Cain), was born. In 1965, Rose moved with her family to Statesboro, where Paul taught at Georgia Southern College and Rose worked for the Labor Department until their third daughter, Elizabeth Rose Carr (Edwards), was born. After staying home with her children for several years, she began teaching again, first at Portal Elementary, where she taught remedial reading; then at Bryan County High School, where she taught business; and finally at Statesboro High School, where she directed the Future Business Leaders of America and taught a variety of courses for the business department.
Though she served as financial director for the Bulloch County Board of Education from 1978 until her retirement in 2004, she was a teacher at heart, gifted with the art of making each student feel valued. At her retirement from the board office, she was recognized for her personal service.
She took great pride in her work, but throughout her career, her family came first. Rose was a member of Pittman Park United Methodist Church, which she and Paul joined in 1965. She was a member of Forest Heights Country Club, where she made countless friends and learned to love golf. She served as president of the Ladies' Golf Association and was club champion. She was a member of the Archibald Bulloch Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her siblings; her brothers-in-law, Guy Anderson and Tom Cope; and her sister-in-law, Shirley Carr Way. Her sisters and brothers and their families were precious to her throughout her lifetime, and she was never as happy as when they were all together.
She is survived by her daughters and her beloved sons-in-law, Daniel Edenfield, Brad Edwards and Michael Cain; her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hartwell Watkins; as well as many precious nephews and nieces. Her life was made even richer by six grandchildren, who adored their Nana: Cohen Nathaniel Edenfield, Robin Lynn Hendley, Scott Anthony Hendley, Margaret Rose Edenfield, Mark Paul Edwards, and Lillian Rosemary Edwards.
Rose Watkins Carr was a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a grandmother, an aunt, a friend, a teacher – she will be greatly missed and always loved by her family for whom she modeled the greatest lesson of all, to love without judgment and to be kind to everyone as Christ, her Savior, taught her.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Pittman Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hollie Tapley officiating, assisted by the Rev. Bill Bagwell. The body will lie-in-state one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Eastside Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Joe Anderson, Andy Anderson, Jeff Watkins, Matt Watkins, John Cope, Ernie Cope and Curt Cope.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Archibald Bulloch Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Coastal Courier from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25, 2014