The Home Advocate
Friday, 22 January 1886
A good man has fallen. One of our oldest, truest and most reputable citizens has passed to the silent tomb, leaving our entire community enshrouded in grief. The death of Dr. Wm. C. Carr which occurred at his home, near this place, about 1 o’clock last Monday morning, removes from our parish one of its most important and venerated landmarks. Less than a week previous to his death he visited town in his usual good health, but on Tuesday night of last week he was attacked with pneumonia. On Friday his friends here were much gratified to learn that the violence of the attack had seemingly subsided and hopes were entertained of his speedy recovery. On Sunday these hopes were dissipated by reports of an unfavorable change which resulted in death at the hour above stated.
Dr. Carr was born in the State of Georgia on Nov. 6, 1809, and consequently was considerably advanced in his 77th year at the time of his decease. He has resided in Union parish nearly fifty years – having settled here in 1836.
Dr. Carr was for years prominent in parochial affairs, was the first sheriff of the parish, and served two consecutive terms as a member of the State Legislature from this parish. He has at all times been noted for firmness but fairness, in the advocacy of whatever he deemed for the best interests of our people.
Dr. Carr had been for many years a prominent member of the Baptist church at this place. He was pre-eminently a model Christian gentleman, abounding in love for his fellow man, especially the distressed and needy.
So long and favorably known in this community, both socially and professionally, his death has created a blank, a void that cannot be filled.
His remains were interred Tuesday morning in the cemetery at this place and, although the weather was extremely inclement, his funeral was largely attended by his numerous friends. The funeral obsequies were conducted by Rev. S. T. Cobb, of Spearsville.
To his universally beloved but now grief-stricken widow, and to his large circle of bereaved relatives, we tender our sincere sympathy and condolence.