Virgil Eugene Carr, 90, long time resident of Lakeland, FL, most recently of Daytona Beach, FL, passed from this earthly life peacefully at his home with hospice care and family at his side.
Virgil was born August 18, 1931, in Canton, OH, the second of three sons to Goldie (Rodgers) and Harry Carr. He followed his family commitment and enlisted in military service, serving in the Army, stationed in Germany from 1952-1954.
Virgil was a kind, generous man, an active advocate of civil rights and racial justice. He loved and was loved by many. A genuine interest and concern for people drove his career. After graduating from Anderson University, Anderson, IN, he pastored in the Church of God in Cornell, WI, Milwaukee WI, and Denver, CO. He received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of WI, Milwaukee which brought him to Florida, where he worked in the mental health and addictions treatment fields. Many were touched by his compassionate guidance.
Virgil was a life-long sports fan and athlete. He played tennis almost daily and later, golf. He humbly appreciated the accolades that came with a hole-in-one. His volunteer work included playing violin for nursing home patients and having great conversations with VA patients.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, both siblings, Harold Carr, and Dale Carr, and sadly his youngest son, Jay Carr in 1981. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joan Gille Carr, four children, Nikki (McKinney), Jami (Smith), Kip Carr, and Ty Carr, and his stepson, James Russell, ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Beacon Hill Fellowship, 220 W Beacon Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803, 863-712-2416. Donations may be made in his honor to his favorite charity at Lakeland Habitat for Humanity.
220 W Beacon Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803
You have always held a special spot within my heart. Our paths were so similar. I love you and thank you for all "our talks" and all the sound advice you have given me through the years. As I watched you run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith, you were the most humble, man, of God that I have grown to adore as well known. I love you and tell the King of Kings hello for me...
This third I will put into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
and I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”
May God be with you during this time. Virgil will be missed. Frank and I only knew him for a short time but left a huge impression xo
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Virgil was such a kind humble man. I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Virgil and thank you for all the many people you helped along your path. I am blessed to have been able to meet you.
May you find peace in your beautiful memories. I am truly sorry for your loss. He was such a joy to be around and I loved the way he loved you.
My deepest sympathy to you and the extended Carr family. You are all in my prayers.
Virgil, may you rest in peace!