It is with sadness but celebration that the Carr family announces that Dr. Richard Carr completed his earthly journey on January 19 at the age of 79. After chronic health problems, he has reached his heavenly home and is free from the pain he endured for 70 years. year.
Richard was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 15, 1942 and grew up in Hammond, Louisiana, where he attended Southeastern Lab School as a child and teenager and Southeastern University for his undergraduate degree. During his college summers, he worked at the Alpine Camp for Boys in Mentone, Alabama, where he developed a love for the outdoors, a relationship with God, and met his lifelong mentor, Dick O’Farrell, who remained his mentor and friend throughout his life.
Richard holds a master’s degree from Florida State University and a doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Being in the western part of the country has become part of his soul and annual trips to Colorado and Montana have been enjoyed for over 30 years. He spent many hours fishing with his friends Dr. Ron Delans and Randy Kroening each summer. He was an avid hiker and has hiked with his family in every state in the United States – the last being Alaska in 2019. Professionally, he spent 27 years as a professor at Ball State University, Muncie , IN, teaching marriage and family relationships, developing the Weight Management Program with the Human Performance Lab, owning his own therapy practice, and later becoming the director of the Union Chapel counseling center for the Muncie community. Her joy was teaching and helping people through difficult times with her wonderful counseling center colleagues Kathy, Mendy, Catherine, Bethany, Hannah and Cody. He retired in 2013 following a debilitating stroke.
He continued to host Friday wine and cheese gatherings with longtime friends Dr. Bob Hunter and Dr. John Eastman, as well as keeping in touch with his longtime friends at Hammond – Hobby Morrison, Hall Bohlinger, Buddy Wastky, Thad Carter and others. .
His family was his greatest joy in life. He was always eager to travel, to spend time with his children and later his grandchildren. His memory will be cherished by his wife, Corine, his daughters Christin Erwin (Steve), Lapel, IN and Elizabeth Jackson (Jonathan) Nashville, TN – grandchildren Moran and Jacob Erwin, Noah and Annaliese Jackson, Kelci Roddy, and Dakota and Lilly Hughes, brothers John Marshall (Buddy)Carr, Hammond, Louisiana and Raymond Carr (Betty Carol), Hammond, Louisiana; nieces and nephews: Amanda Urrutia (James); Alex, James Nicholas, John Marshal Carr (Alesha), Marshall Carr, Rayne Carr; and many cousins.
Because of his faith in Christ, he looked forward to being welcomed into heaven by his parents: John Marshall (Buck) Carr and Juanita Stafford Carr, his sister-in-law Jackie Carr, his nephew Aaron Carr and a host of aunts and of uncles whom he adored.
Richard has not requested any service, but a memorial ceremony will be held by Randy Kroening in Montana on July 3 where his ashes will be spread over his favorite fishing stream.
Smith Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Murfreesboro, TN, handles funeral arrangements. www.smithfamilyfcs.com
Dr Carr has requested that all donations to honor his life go to the Union Chapel Counseling Center Benevolent Fund which he established many years ago.
You can donate online at www.counselinguc.com or by mail to Union Chapel c/o Counseling Center BF at 4622 N Broadway Ave, Muncie, IN 47303.
His last words to his friends and family: “Happy trails to you, until we meet again”
Published by The Daily Star on January 29, 2022.