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Obituary for Deacon Willie Carr

Deacon Willie Nathaniel Carr was born on June 21, 1930, in Darling, MS. to the union of Ina (McKinney) and Ed John Carr. Deacon Carr was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Eldonia Merriweather, Ollie Hanks and Peggy McGee and one brother; Joseph Carr Sr. Deacon Carr was the last surviving child of his parents.

Deacon Carr’s family migrated to Sikeston, MO and eventually moved to East St. Louis, Il. Deacon Carr accepted Christ at an early age and was educated in the East St. Louis School District graduating from Lincoln Senior High School. In 1951, Deacon Carr enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He fought in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955.

Deacon Carr moved to Milwaukee, WI on the advice of his first cousin, Robert McKinney. Deacon Carr would eventually move to Racine, WI where he lived for several years. Deacon Carr joined the Greater Mt. Eagle Baptist Church and would serve many roles, most importantly, leading the church during their pastoral search.

Deacon Carr earned an associate degree in auto mechanics from Gateway Technical College. Deacon Carr relocated back to East St. Louis, Il in the late 70’s and was employed as a mechanic for Bi State Development Agency retiring in 1996.

Deacon Carr was a member of Bible Fellowship Apostolic Church under the leadership of Apostle Levi R. King. Deacon Carr served as church administrator where he met his wife, Sheila Carr. Sheila was a children's Sunday School teacher. To this union two sons were born. After retiring, Deacon Carr loved to spend time with his family and friends. He developed a special relationship with his nieces, nephews and grandchildren who would fondly call him Uncle Bubba or Granddad.

Deacon Carr joined True Vine Christian Center where he was ordained as a Deacon under the leadership of Pastor Vincent Rhodes. Deacon Carr faithfully served until the church closed during the Covid 19 pandemic. Deacon Willie Carr is survived by his wife, Sheila Carr. Two daughters, Paula Payne, and Tonja Foley. Four sons, Yusuf (Tina) Buckley, Michael (Rynell) Ruffin, Laon Carr, Sidney Carr, thirty-three grandchildren, twenty-eight plus great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends too numerous to mention by name. Deacon Carr was also preceded in death by his daughter, Demtria Pegues, Grandsons, Montrell Ruffin, and DeAmontay Nathaniel Buckley. Nephews, Vernon Hanks, Billy Hanks and Lorenzo Merriweather II

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1 Deacon Carr totally believed in this scripture. Even when he wasn’t feeling his best, his quote was, “I’m in divine health.” Deacon Carr believed even if his physical body was out of order, by speaking the Word over his situation, it must line up! That’s faith! In the natural he felt sick, but in Christ, he is healed, delivered, and set free from the infirmity. When you are going through any situation in your life, whether it is a physical or mental situation, job loss, children out of control, etc. Just allow your faith to kick into high gear and allow God to turn it around for your good. Always remember that God is the author and finisher of our faith. Even in the midnight hour when you're all alone and trying to figure it out. Give it to Jesus. He is always listening, and he will work it out for you. Written by Pastor Sheila Carr.