In Memory

John Carr

John Carr

Classmates, I just got news today from Ennis Penland:  "Pam, obituary in Amarillo paper for John Carr passed away February. 27 in McLean at the age of 67."

I know several of you have been good friends with John. It is so sad to know we have lost a wonderful classmate. Here is the obituary from the Amarillo Globe News. Pam Ludeman Price


John Carr (1947-2015)

Services will be at 2:00 PM Friday, March 6, 2015, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel in Pampa, with John Curry, officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, with military honors courtesy of U. S. Navy. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

John was born March 5, 1947 in Crowell. He grew up in Pampa, graduating from Pampa High School. He attended West Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. John served our country in the Vietnam conflict and spent 17 years in the Navy and Marine Corps as a medical officer, retiring in 1992.

His interests outside work were broad including photography, electrical work, computers, stock market trading, genealogy, and automotive work. John was devoted to his four children, his family, and was a generous help to friends and strangers alike when they needed it.

He is preceded in death by his father, Fred John Carr; stepfather, Robert B. Echols; and brother, David Carr.

Survivors include his four children, Jessica Bowley, David Carr, Kristina Ellis, and Ryan Carr; his mother, Reed Echols of Pampa; his siblings, Susan Stiggins, Mike Carr, Robert Echols, and Steven Echols; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.


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03/11/15 11:40 PM #1    

Mick (Andy) Supina

John also attended Texas Tech. He used to walk my wife back to her dorm from their Psychology Class (before I met her).

He and I took a fun filled trip from Lubbock to New Orleans on a Trans Texas Airlines DC-3 during our sophomore year at Tech. It still brings a smile to my face to remember the good times there! 

He was a really nice man.



06/04/15 09:29 PM #2    

Rich Patrick

Johnny was best man in my wedding.  We were roommates our first year at Texas Tech.  He was a very hard working guy.  He was "fun-loving" too.  I have a lot of funny stories to tell about Johnny.  Rod & Ron Bray, Bill Campaigne and I attended his funeral in March of 2015.

07/15/15 01:07 PM #3    

Ronald Bray

John was my brother Rod's and my best friend in high school. After a year at Texas Tech, I went off to college at Davenport, Iowa and John eventually left Texas Tech and joined the navy. He served as a medical corpsman including time treating wounded servicemen in a clinic setting in Vietnam. After 20 years of service, John settled in Mclean, Texas. I lived in Denver,CO, but we tried to meet at class reunion weekends, although, John never attended the formal meetings.

During the weekend of our 45th class reunion, John invited Rod and I and Rich Patrick to his mother's vacation home in Mobeetie. We had a good time catching bass and talking about old times in Pampa. John, by that time, had already had a serious illness for several years. So, he and I decided to start talking weekly. With old friends, it's so easy to talk to each other. We would talk about times in Pampa including when we sneaked out of Jimmy Cribbs' basement during a slumber party at midnight, borrowed John's dad's car and cruised the drag. It was fun until John's dad also started cruising the drag to find us.

We would talk about our kids, their spouses and our grandkids. John has four kids, and eleven grandkids, and I have 3 kids and 3 grandkids. John liked to talk about the national scene and politics. We would talk about health and his efforts to stay alive. We would talk about our faith. Rod and I were able to visit John last September in Pampa. His mother and our mother still live in Pampa. John's illness worsened and he passed away in early March. Funerals also bring people together. Rod and I, Rich Patrick and Bill Campaigne attended John's funeral. It was also nice to visit with all of John's kids and grandkids, his mother Reed, his brother Mike who lives in Hereford, and his sister Susan who lives in the Houston area. I sure will miss John.

Ron Bray

07/16/15 08:55 AM #4    

Pam Ludeman (Price)

Thanks for the memories...

When I read the comments all of you have made about your long-lasting friendships with each other and your memories, it makes me realize how dear our friendships - relationships are. With those we have known all our lives, being apart seems to not matter. We simply pick up on the conversations we started the last time we were together. We should feel blessed to have established these life-long friends and treasure those memories we've shared. Thank you, each one of you, for sharing about Johnny Carr and his family - and your fun-filled times together. As Bob Hope said, "Thanks for the memories...."

07/19/15 07:42 PM #5    

Rich Patrick

Ron...thanks for writing about John.  I didn't realize you guys talked every week for the last several months of his life.  Looking forward to seeing you in September.....Rich


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