Rev. Dr. Jimmy Lee Carr
1944 - 2017
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Rev. Dr. Jimmy Lee Carr

Brandon, MS

Jimmy was a faithful servant of God who loved with his whole heart. Ordained to Word, Service, and Compassion, as a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church, he epitomized the role of a Deacon, acting as a bridge from the church to the world. He lived his life as that bridge connecting and loving so many.

He was born in Newton, Mississippi and raised in Smith and Scott Counties. He studied at East Central Junior College, University of Southern Mississippi, and Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee where he received BA and MA degrees. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He married the love of his life, Joy Taylor Carr in 1966 and they began their beautiful partnership in ministry. He served throughout the United Methodist Church in amazing ways; beginning in Mississippi through his service at First UMC in Pascagoula, Central in Meridian, and Galloway Memorial in Jackson.

Jimmy began his time in ministry as a Certified Christian Educator and was then consecrated as a Diaconal Lay Minister. After thirteen years at Galloway, wearing many different hats, he began his work as Associate General Secretary at the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee. During his time at the Board, he was instrumental in the creation of the Order of Deacon, and was Ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection with the Mississippi Conference in 1994.

His life's work led him to Lake Junaluska Assembly, North Carolina in 2000, where he served as the Executive Director of The Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and the Assembly for ten years. During this time he and Joy built their dream home back in Brandon. Jimmy officially retired in 2010, but anyone who knew him knew he never stopped working. From serving in the MS Conference as the Director of Ministerial Services to leading the way as the Director of the Legacy Fund at Galloway, to his travels with Educational Opportunities around the world, he continued to serve the church with love, grace, and compassion.

Jimmy's legacy is abundant and accomplishments and honors are many. He was appointed as Interim Supervisor in Rankin County, MS, served on Boards of Trustees for Africa University, Rust College, Emory University and Scarritt College and additionally served on boards and agencies throughout the United Methodist Church and around the world.

But no matter how busy he got, he always made time for what mattered most to him - his faith, his family, and his friends. That, keeping his yard manicured and always having a project at his beloved family farm on which to work kept his life full and content.

Jimmy L. Carr was a true gift from God to this world and everyone who met him and felt his love knew that to be true. He will be missed greatly, but the memories of this wonderful husband, son, brother, father, uncle and grandfather will stay with his loved ones forever.

He was survived by his wife, Joy Taylor Carr; three children, David Carr, Todd Carr (Susannah) and Allison Dickerson (Matt); two brothers, Tommy Carr (Pam) and Hugh Carr (Medero); four grandchildren, Noah Carr, Taylor Dickerson, Caleb Carr, Katherine Dickerson and many loved cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, H.D. and Mable Carr and a brother, Charles Carr.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Tues. March 21, 2017 at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS. Visitation will begin at 9am on Tues. March 21, 2017 at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS handled the arrangements.

Memorials may be sent through Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 1092, Jackson, MS 39215 designated for one of the following: Galloway's Legacy Fund, Rust College, Africa University, or Lake Junaluska Assembly






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Published in Clarion Ledger on Mar. 20, 2017.
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March 15, 2020
Remembering Jimmys legacy and contributions to the UMC . Prayers surround you and your family during this time of reflection and remembering of his life.
Ron Preuss
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November 5, 2018
,,I am so sorry to hear of his passing. All of you were such great friends of my family in Meridian Ms. and I have many great memories of times with you all. I am so sorry for your loss.

Beth Guthrie
Beth Guthrie
May 19, 2017
Dearest Joy and Family, I don't know if you remember us, but , we lived right next door to you in Pascagoula from 1972-1974. At the time, we had two son's, Billy and Michael. My husband, Bill was in new submarine construction at Ingalls shipyard. We have thought of you often and just today looked online to see if we could find anything about your family. I am so sorry to read about Jimmy. Our memories of living next door are some of our most cherished. Please know that your family will be included in our daily prayers.
Mary Pat and Bill O'Connor
April 2, 2017
It is hard to believe, but we are thankful for the wonderful memories. I will be forever grateful for the love Uncle Jimmy gave to our children.Remember us in heaven, Jimmy. Love to all his family- To my niece and nephews, take good care of your mother.
Pamela Carr
Pamela Carr
March 28, 2017
I am both shocked and sad to learn of Jimmy's death. He always led with a good spirit, integrity, and steady vision, as a Christian educator, a deacon, and an administrator. When the order of deacon was established, he helped us to gain acceptance and to interpret the order to the UMC. He was gifted in leadership, negotiation, and vision. We are so much stronger because of Jimmy. Thank you, Jimmy! And my sympathy to Joy and all of Jimmy's family.
Margaret Ann Crain
March 28, 2017
Joy,
We will all miss Jimmy's joy and integrity. He was always reaching out to include others; he always had good things to say about others, and he sought to bring people together. Your friendship and his has meant much to us. Know you are in my prayers.
Blessings
Jack Seymour
March 23, 2017
Joy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have many wonderful memories of first getting to know you and Jimmy during the years we all served as Christian Educators and Diaconal Ministers in the Mississippi Conference, enjoying the fellowship of our MS CEF chapter and sharing experiences at National CEF Conferences. Jimmy has been such a great leader in our United Methodist Church and a friend and mentor to so many. He will surely be missed. May God's loving presence bring comfort and strength.
Jean Foster
March 22, 2017
So very thankful our paths crossed as we were touched by Jimmy's strong faith and love of life. Praying for all of the family. Florence Jo and Bob Corban
Florence Jo Corban
March 21, 2017
With thanksgiving and deep appreciation for Jimmy's ministry and life, I send prayers and love to his family and friends. Jimmy was a true model for the Servant ministry he loved.
Rev. Dr. Emma Richardson
Rev. Dr. Emma Richardson
March 21, 2017
I was saddened to learn of Rev. Carr's death. I remember how helpful and encouraging he was when I began the process of becoming a candidate for ordained ministry. Kevin and I are praying for each of you during this difficult season. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Beth Feisel
March 21, 2017
I will always remember his happy smile at National CEF events
Scarritt Graduate School '85
Patricia Parrish Ricks
March 21, 2017
At the age of 13, I suddenly lost my dad to a heart attack and Jimmy Carr was there to help hold me up. He was my youth director and such a sweet spirit to me in my time of need. I will remember all of you in my prayers. Such a great loss to UMC and his loved ones. God bless you Jimmy and welcome you home.
Karen McLelland Joplin
March 21, 2017
Joy, I am certainly keeping you in my prayers and thinking of you. Jimmy will certainly be missed, and I know especially by you! Love to you and your family in the upcoming days!
March 21, 2017
Joy and Family,

You all are in m thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I have truly been blessed to have had Jimmy in my life.

Peace and Blessings,

Tammy McDowell
March 21, 2017
The family of Nathan and Imogene Stokes Turner sends their love and support through prayer to Jimmy's family during this time. He will be missed by all.
Nanette Thompson
March 21, 2017
Joy and family,
I'm deeply saddened to hear that Jimmy is no longer here to impact lives in the powerful ways that God had gifted him. You and Jimmy played a large part in my faith journey....and countless others! I have such fond memories of CEF days....Board meetings in Nashville and awesome conferences throughout the country. May wonderful stories and knowledge of our Savior's promises bring you comfort.
Love in Christ,
Christina Zito
Christina Zito
March 21, 2017
We are writing from the Holy City of Jerusalem where we had the privilege of meeting Jimmy and Joy. We are saddened by the news. Anyone who came into contact with Jimmy was immediately impressed with his integrity, intelligence, spirituality and warmth. We had hoped to host Jimmy and Joy on their return to Jerusalem. We know he is watching us all from Above where he has found repose beneath the wings of the Divine Presence.
Barbara and Gerald Sofer-Schroeder
March 21, 2017
Joy our thoughts and prayers are with you David Todd and Allison during this difficult time.......Prayers being lifted for you
Carl & Linda Tudor
March 20, 2017
Joy,
I was so glad to see you and Jimmy recently at Mimi Elizabeth's celebration of life. Jimmy was such an important mentor for me growing up, and your family such valuable friends. I know you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Phillip Hunter
Phillip Hunter
March 20, 2017
We are so saddened to learn of Jimmy's death. After our time together with Jimmy and Joy in Jerusalem last month we looked forward to ongoing friendship and other opportunities to share with them. Our prayers support Joy and family as you mourn the loss of a wonderful Christian man.
Jamie and Lena Jenkins
March 20, 2017
Joy and family, I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you during this time of loss and sadness. May God hold you close and provide comfort and strength. Much love, Linda Nash
Linda Nash
March 20, 2017
So sorry to hear this sad news. I worked at the International Headquarters of the World Methodist Council at Lake Junaluska during Jimmy's years as Director. We have special memories of Jimmy, Joy and son, David.
Our hearts and prayers are lifted up for the family during this time.
With warm memories....
Jeanette Roberson, former Curator, World Methodist Museum
Jeanette Roberson
March 20, 2017
Jimmy made a lasting impact in my life as he and Joy encouraged me to follow God's call for my life. I hope to follow his example as a faithful and joyful servant of the Lord Jesus. I am praying for the Carr family now and in the years to come.
Blessings, Cintia (Furtado) Listenbee, Houston, Texas.
Cintia Listenbee
March 20, 2017
Our paths crossed many times over the years as Christian educators, Diaconal Ministers, Deacons, and at Lake Junaluska. I worked with Jimmy and many others at General Conference to bring about the Order of Deacon. He was truly a servant leader who gave himself to God, his family and The United Methodist Church. He is leaving a remarkable legacy of service.

My thoughts and prayers are with Joy and their family members.
Patty Meyers
March 20, 2017
Jimmy was my mentor when I was in the process of becoming a diaconal minister in the mid nineties. His witness was transforming for me and helped me to understand as well as define "servant ministry." He was an amazing instrument of God's unconditional love and grace. My prayers go out to your family, as you mourn his passing.
Joan Wooden
March 20, 2017
So many emotions when an old friend passes away. Remembering the good times in Forest MS, Homewood Ms, and ECJC. Jimmy was always a good friend, I know he left this Earth on Angel's Wings, nothing less would do for one of God's faithful Servant's. God Speed, RIP old friend.
Sandra Massey
March 20, 2017
Jimmy was such a wonderful leader and friend. You all are in my prayers.
Diane Wasson Eberhart
March 20, 2017
The staff of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is grieving this sad news. We are deeply grateful for his leadership across the United Methodist Church. His ministry brought compassion and justice to the forefront of the Church's ministry and continues to inspire many.
Victoria Rebeck
March 20, 2017
So sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. My prayers are with Joy and the family.
Judy McKendrick Croxton
March 20, 2017
Jimmy is a gift of God for the time he was here, touching many lives and shaping ministry. Prayers for comfort to Joy and the family.
Betsey Heavner
March 20, 2017
My condolence to Jimmy's friends and family. I'm so glad I got to visit with him last October at Doug Courtney's camp where several HS classmates got together for a cookout. I hadn't seen Jimmy since I visited him and Joy in their home in Nashville in the late 1960's.
Bill Waldrip
Bill Waldrip
March 20, 2017
Our prayers are with Jimmy's family. His life and ministry made a huge impact on all who were blessed to know him. Lindsey and Jennifer Davis
March 19, 2017
Our prayers are with Joy and the family during this time of great loss and grief. Jimmy was a dear friend and mentor and always modeling for the world how to live a deacon's life.
David and Patti Dodge
March 19, 2017
How sad I am to learn of the untimely death of Jimmy , always to be remembered by me as a CEF'er , a Lake Junaluska Junkie and a colleague in ministry. My prayers surround Joy and family. "Well done good and faithful servant "
Ron Preuss
March 19, 2017
Remembering Jimmy and the many lives he touched, including mine. Lifting Joy and the family in prayer.
Raney Good
March 19, 2017
Joy, David, Allison and Todd,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
RubyAnne Crites
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