Jeanette Smith Carr, 100, of LaFollette, died Feb. 16.
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Jeanette attended Valley View Elementary School and Valley View High School where she played basketball. She graduated from LaFollette High School and attended Lincoln Memorial University where she was a forward on the Lady Railsplitters Basketball Team and her team was 12-0 for two years in a row and Tennessee State Champions in 1932 and 1933. She is in the Hall of Fame at LMU for her team's success, as they were considered to be the best ladies basketball team in the southeast. Jeanette began her teaching career in Campbell County where she taught school for almost 62 years. Her primary focus was at Valley View School where she taught for many years, helped with school festivals, worked in fundraising, and school sports. She and her husband owned and drove the school buses in Campbell County. She was the bookkeeper for their business Carr Equipment Company. She taught all eight grades at Ivydale in Campbell County in the early 1940s. She was the oldest living member of Fincastle Methodist Church, where she was a founding member of the United Methodist Women, taught the children's Sunday school class and loved her church and the church family. She was actively involved in the Republican Women for many years and contributed much to the community, especially the children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tansy Carr; son-in-law, Frank Moneyhun; parents, Alex and Reba Smith; sisters and brother-in-law, Doris and Charles Thompson, Ora and Delmar Carr, Helen and Milton Hatmaker, Isabelle and Alex Goins; brother, John Hayes Smith; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Earl and Grace Carr.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn Faye Carr Moneyhun, Rebecca Carr Kirklin and husband, Luke; step-grandchildren, Meredith Slechter and Sean Kirklin; sister, Shirley Mynatt; brother, George Smith; several loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Feb. 19 with the Rev. David Vaughn and the Rev. Lonnie Eldridge officiating. Interment was Feb. 20 at Fincastle Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Carr, Phillip Carr, Gene Carr, David Linkous, George Hayes Smith, James Allen Hatmaker, Ray Goins, Jack McMahan and Luke Kirklin. Honorary pallbearers were George Smith and Shirley Mynatt.
Cross-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Published in LaFollette Press on Feb. 21, 2013