Charles W. Carr Sr., 87, East Moline, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. Burial is at Rock Island National Cemetery, with military honors conducted by VVA 299. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Moline.
He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Holliday, Mo., the second to youngest son of Willie and Etta Humphrey Carr. He married Eleanor Turner on May 25, 1946, in Paris, Mo. Charles was deployed with the U.S. Army to Japan to deal with the aftermath of the atom bombs dropped during World War II. Charles and Eleanor moved from Missouri to East Moline, and the two of them worked at the former Fresh Pack Candy in Moline for several years. Later, Charles drove for Burlington Truck Lines and then for the East Moline school system.
He and his wife were past members of the former Moline Gospel Temple for 50 years, where he served as a deacon, was a bus driver and worked to build the church. The couple loved to travel and spent 21 winters in Lake Placid, Fla., where they attended the Assembly of God Church and made many wonderful friends. While wintering in Florida, Charles worked at his favorite job, shipping fruit for Carters Fruit Market in Sebring. They belonged to Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Moline during their summers in East Moline.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Eleanor; children, Nancy (John) Reynolds, East Moline, and Charles (Alice) Carr Jr., Woodridge, Ill.; grandchildren, Michele (John) Huston, Christine Kleinheider, Jennifer Watson, Jeannie Doden, Jennifer (Mike) Kolar, Janet (Tom) Ranney, Ian (Christin) Carr, Jacqueline (Simon) Kolar, Jessica (David) Doucette; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Anna (Brandon), Makenzie, Zaviour, Mary, Chaz, Mistie, Austin, Corey, Daniel, Joshua, Drew, Christopher, Tyler, Zachary, P.J., David, Alyssa, Samantha, Joey, Katie, Brandon, Colin, Ryan and Edelma; and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Annie Mae, Henry, Cora, Mary, Tommy and Pauline; grandson, David Reynolds; and a great-grandson, John Huston Jr.