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JOHNNIE R. CARR

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CARR, Mrs. Johnnie R. entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 22, 2008 whileat Baptist Medical CenterSouth in Montgomery, Alabama. She was 97 years old.Mrs. Carr, born Jan. 26, 1911,was the youngest of six children born to John and AnnaColvin Daniels. Mrs. Carr'searly years of life were spenton a family farm outsideMontgomery, but it was fromher Hall Street home, at whichshe resided from 1943 untilher death, that she conducted much of her work asa champion of human rights.Johnnie's formal educationbegan at a famous school forBlack girls, the MontgomeryIndustrial School. It was oftencalled Miss White's school. Itwas there that Johnnie became lifelong friends withRosa Louise McCauley (laterRosa Parks). Mrs. Carr served35 years with the pioneeringAtlanta Life Insurance Company from which she retiredas a Staff Manager in 1976.While serving as an insuranceagent. Johnnie built manystrong friendships that stoodthe test of time. Johnnie metArlam Carr, Sr. who was alsoan insurance salesman; thetwo fell madly in love andspent 61 years in marriageuntil his death in the summerof 2005.Mrs. Carr's effective problem-solving abilities were the hallmarks of her leadership style.Her enviable record in community service was impressive. She was well known inthe Montgomery communityand received national recognition for her work in civilrights. She was a member ofthe Montgomery Improvement Association when it wasorganized in 1955. The MIAbegan as a protest againstRosa Parks' arrest for refusingto give up her seat on aMontgomery City bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She worked with theReverend Dr. Martin LutherKing, Jr. who was the MIA'sfirst president. She becamepresident of the MIA in 1967, aposition which she held untilher death. Mrs. Carr servedon the board of the directorsof the Southern ChristianLeadership Conference formany years.Mrs. Carr's legendary lifetouched countless people.She held membership inmany organizations includingAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,Cinderella Chapter 145 Orderof the Eastern Star. For manyyears she was grand treasurer for the Grand Chapterof the Order of Eastern Star.She recently became a member of Daughters of Isis.Her faith in God was steadfastfor her entire life. She had afirm, unwavering commitment to the cause of Christ.While being an active member of Hall Street BaptistChurch, she was a missionaryfor the Montgomery AntiochDistrict, visiting over 30churches annually where shewould attend their churchservices and missionary society meetings.She is preceded in death byher husband, Arlam Carr, Sr.Left to cherish her memory,are two daughters Annie Bell(Benjamin) Beasley, AlmaLee Smith; and one son, Arlam (Deborah) Carr, Jr.;twelve grandchildren (twopreceded her in death, Benjamin E. Beasley III and Jackson D. Beasley), Johnetta Jordan, Rachel (Elbert) Ellis, Annie D. Frazier, Lanell (Cardell)Thompson, Robert (May)Smith, John Beasley, Alfred(Tara) Beasley, Brian (Karen)Hawkins, Daphne Hawkinsand Adrienne Everage; thirtygreat-grandchildren; manygreat-great-grandchildrenand one-great-great-greatgrandchild. Two sisters-in-law,Minnie Holloway and VioletCarr. Three special nephews,Robert (Essie) Carr, Robert(Louise) Carr, and Jimmy (Diane) Daniels; two God children, Gilbert (Anita) Nelsonand Mary Reynolds; andmany other relatives, friendsand those who loved and admired their mother.Public viewing will be heldfrom 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 29, 2008 at theHall Street Baptist Church.Family hour and visitation willbe held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.,Friday, February 29, 2008 atthe Hall Street Baptist Church.Funeral services will be heldSaturday, March 1, 2008 at10:00 a.m. at the Joe L. ReedAcadome on the campus ofAlabama State University. Thebody will lie in state from 8:00a.m. March 1, 2008 until thefuneral hour.Ross-Clayton Funeral HomeDirecting

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Feb. 28, 2008
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