James Robert "Jack" Carr
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James Robert “Jack” Carr, 83, of Ruleville died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital in Greenwood.

Born on June 14, 1931, in Morgan City, he was predeceased by his parents, John William and Clara Bell (Orr) Carr, and his brother, Truman Carr.

Jack graduated high school in 1950 where he played football and baseball. Evidently, he was pretty good because he was supposed to graduate in 1949 but the football coach talked him into coming back for another season. After high school, he attended Sunflower Junior College in Moorhead, playing baseball until a broken leg ended his season. In the summer following his freshman year, he attended a baseball school run by Earl T. 'Doc' Williams in Greenbrier, AR.

Here he met the love of his life, Ethel Vaudean McClung. Heeding the advice of his father who said “You better marry her because you ain’t gonna be traipsing up there to see her all the time”, Jack and Vaudean were married on August 8, 1951, six weeks after meeting one another. Their 63rd wedding anniversary would have been August 8, 2014.

Jack finished junior college and then attended Mississippi State College and graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1954. Vaudean always said that the degree should have been awarded to her because she would read the books and tell Jack what he needed to know for the test. Jack never disagreed with that statement. Jack remained an avid bulldog fan throughout his life.

While at Mississippi State, Jack joined the National Guard and upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Army as a corporal during the Korean War. He always said the corporal rank came in very handy during basic training. Following basic training, he attended radio school and received training to repair the system of military radio towers. However, with a war going on, he fully expected to be shipped out to Korea, but ended up serving as a mailman in Frankfurt, Germany, for two years. Vaudean joined him in Germany for these two years and they took full advantage of this opportunity to explore Europe.

Upon discharge, Jack worked in Arkansas and Texas before taking a job with United Gas in Jackson, working in the map office. Working inside did not suit Jack and he obtained a transfer to the Delta, living first in Morgan City before settling in Ruleville in 1959. He continued to work for the gas company as a service man as it changed from United Gas to Entex Gas to Entergy to Centerpoint Energy. He finally retired from Centerpoint Energy at the age of 67.

Jack lived in Ruleville for 55 years and was a dedicated member of Ruleville Baptist Church. It seemed that everybody knew Jack Carr. Whether you knew him as Mr. Carr, Mr. Jack, Jack, or Papaw, you knew how special he was. He always had the time to talk and the time to help anybody who needed help. If he could not help you, he would find someone who could no matter how long it took even if you didn’t want to be helped. He always had a list of projects and the majority of them involved helping someone else. Jack loved to laugh and joke around with people (habitually). He had a way of enjoying people and showing them how to enjoy themselves. He loved people and loved living his life to the fullest. He always had a plan to do the next thing but he knew that one day God’s plan would override his, and he was okay with that.

Jack is now with Jesus! He was a blessing to his family, his church, and his community. He will be missed so very much.

Jack leaves behind his beloved wife, Vaudean, and his two sons and their wives, Greg and Tina Carr of Sunnyside and Russell and Karen Carr of Starkville. He was the adored grandfather to Scott Smith, Natalie Childers, Ginger Carr-Caldero, Katie Carr, Anna Carr, and Maggie Carr and the great-grandfather of Addison and Parker Smith, Sterling Luna, and Jacob Caldero. We will all miss our beloved Papaw.