Virgil Eugene Carr (August 18, 1931 - February 02, 2022)

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Virgil Eugene Carr
  • August 18, 1931
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  • February 02, 2022

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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.


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Date & Time:
February 26, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Baldwin Brothers Crematory

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  5. Kate Cohen-Posey says:
    13 Feb 2022
    Are there good marriages? Do soul mates exist? So many people ask me. Joan and Virgil had just that. I'm so glad I had a glimpse of their life in the (too brief) time I spent with them. Till this day I retell a story Virgil told me and it brings hope hope and faith that there is something beyond us to those who grieve as we now grieve for Virgil.

  6. Nancy Futch says:
    13 Feb 2022
    Remembering you both and your service to Justice for Our Neighbors. Pleased Virgil’s service will be in Beacon Hill Fellowship which came about following partnering with Westminster Church on issues of Justice. Rest In Peace Virgil Carr. Job well done. Condolences to Joan and family.

  7. Murphy Keesee-Carr says:
    11 Feb 2022
    To my grandfather Virgil,
    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...
    Zachariah 13:9
    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.’”

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    11 Feb 2022
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  9. Susan Midgley says:
    10 Feb 2022
    Joan and family,
    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

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  12. Bonnie Lipton says:
    10 Feb 2022
    I can hear God as Virgil went home, "Well done my good and faithful servant!" My fondest memories of Virgil are during the time I chose to answer the call to ministry - Virgil was a spiritual guide, an encourager, and a mentor for me on my journey. Remembering how he adored Joan - may the understanding that the "best is yet to come," bring peace and smiles to all.

  13. Patty Bolin says:
    09 Feb 2022
    Dearest Joan,

    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.
    Patty Bolin

  14. Terri Wilkinson says:
    09 Feb 2022
    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.
    Terri Wilkinson

  15. Jean Meredith says:
    09 Feb 2022
    My life was so much richer thanks to having Virgil as a friend. I will miss his genuine heart!

  16. Bill Allen says:
    09 Feb 2022
    Virgil, you were one of the best human beings and friends with whom i shared life. For me you will always be alive. Always in my prayers and thoughts!

  17. Lu says:
    09 Feb 2022

    My deepest sympathy to you and the extended Carr family. You are all in my prayers.

    Virgil, may you rest in peace!

  18. Beck Dunn says:
    09 Feb 2022
    Friend, mentor, spiritual advisor, example of compassion-treatmemt of others-faith-positive living and so much more. This world was a better place with you in it. Now Heaven is.

  19. Melissa Fort says:
    09 Feb 2022
    Goodbye friend, mentor, teacher and encourager. You will be in my heart forever.

  20. Melissa Fort says:
    09 Feb 2022
    Goodbye to a friend, mentor, teacher and encourager. You will be in my heart always.

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