Billy 'Jake' Carr


Billy D. “Jake” Carr, 84, a lifelong resident of Calhoun, went to his Heavenly home on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in a local hospital.

He was born on May 13, 1933, in Calhoun, a son of the late Hubert and Nelle Carr. 

He graduated from Calhoun High School in 1951, where he played basketball and baseball. In May 1996, he was inducted into the Calhoun Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1952, he joined the Shawnee Hawks, a minor league baseball team in Shawnee, Okla.

In 1955, he joined the United States Army where he faithfully served his country during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he returned to his hometown of Calhoun where he was involved in many civic affairs in Calhoun including the Volunteer Fire Department and a commissioner for the city for many years and also served as mayor of Calhoun from 1975-1981.

After 39 years of service, he retired from Bowater in February 1994. He was an active member of Calhoun First Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jo Shamblin Carr; and one brother, Bobby Carr.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his two children: Teresa Quirk and husband, Jerry, and son, Doug Carr and his wife, Kim; four grandchildren: Karra Carr Withrow (Bart), Tanner Quirk, Katie Carr and Madison Quirk; two great-grandchildren: Molly Kate Withrow and Ella Withrow; three sisters: Lillian Matthews, Rose Lyle and Patsy Burger (Charles “Footsie”); other extended family members; his church family; and a host of special friends.

A celebration of his life is planned for Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Calhoun First Baptist Church, located at 107 Church Street in Calhoun with the Rev. Kevin Cheatham officiating. 

The family will receive friends on Monday, from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. service time.

The interment and committal service will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Calhoun Cemetery with Bart Withrow, Jerry Quirk, Tanner Quirk, Gary Knight, Bill Long and J.W. Lee serving as pallbearers. The service will include full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Billy’s memory to the Calhoun Cemetery Association. The donations can be sent to Calhoun Cemetery Association c/o Eddie Smith 335 CR 20, Calhoun, TN 37309.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Billy and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial webpage and guestbook at 

Companion Funeral Home of Athens is honored to assist the Carr family with his arrangements.


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