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CARR, DAVID

CARR, DAVID

CARR, DAVID

CARR, David Wilkinson, respected and honored for his years of service to the University of the Virginia, Farmington Country Club and Albemarle County, died on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Barrackside Farm in Albemarle County. He was 91 years old. David Carr had a distinctive voice that commanded attention and a thoughtful wisdom that made him a natural leader. He believed in selfless service to one's institutions and communities and his accomplishments reflect this belief. Born at Barrackside Farm on July 15, 1924 to Jessie Wilkinson and George Tompkins Carr, Mr. Carr attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia from 1940 to 1943, where he was Senior Monitor. He was later on its Board of Trustees. He left at age 18 to join the United States Marine Corps and served 30 months in the South Pacific. In December 1945, he returned to Charlottesville, Virginia, met the beautiful "Marty," and entered the University of Virginia in February 1946. While at the University, he played catcher for the baseball team, served as President of the College and Chairman of the Honor Committee, and was a member of the Raven Society, the Z Society, the 13 Society, 4-4-4 Athletic Committee, the DKE fraternity, and Eli Banana. He graduated in the Class of 1950. Mr. Carr remained uncommonly involved with the University of Virginia. He served as President of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation (now Virginia Athletics Foundation), the Thomas Jefferson Society, and the UVA Alumni Association (1982 to 83). As well, he chaired the committee that raised funds and built the McCue Center and served on numerous others, including the Historic Development Corporation, the 100 Million Campaign, the search committees for two Deans of Admissions and an Athletic Director. From 1947 on, he held season tickets to basketball, football and baseball games and was a vociferous and passionate fan. He felt deeply connected to the University and his life was enriched by those who shared his commitment. Mr. Carr enjoyed playing golf at Farmington Country Club. A member since 1951, he became its 1st President after the members purchased the club in 1979. In 2004, the Board of Directors acknowledged his visionary leadership and tireless efforts on behalf of the club by commissioning a portrait and naming the creek on the 4th Hole "Carr's Creek." Nineteen years a member of the Albemarle Planning Commission, Mr. Carr served 11 years as Chairman. Many other civic and community organizations benefited from his involvement. As owner and president of Carr Realty and Management, he had a major role in the development of Barracks Road Shopping Center. He was an elder at First Presbyterian and Olivet Presbyterian churches. Mr. Carr lived all his life at Barrackside Farm, the land of his parents and grandparents. With beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rolling fields, this land was a source of strength and the happy place where he and Martha Tharrington Jeffreys, his wife of 69 years, raised their family of six children. Here, Mr. Carr was Big David, working his garden, reading Dagwood, hunting for quail. He was beloved by family and visitors for his interest in Continued... CARR, (Continued) them and inimitable turns of speech. Surviving Mr. Carr are his much-loved"Marty," gracious and caring, one sister, Jessie Key Haden; five children and their spouses: Jeffrey and Rob Dewey, Rebecca Carr and Rob Hawkins, George (deceased) and Randi Carr, David and Kathy (deceased) Carr, Martha and Cliff Fox, and Ashley and Arthur Smith. There are 14 grandchildren: Rebecca Anderson and Christopher Dewey; Alexander Hawkins, Elizabeth Voynov and David Hawkins; Caroline Stokes and Jessie Carr; Wilkinson Carr and Maurie Carr; Buie Fox and Ashley Fox; George Smith, Arthur Smith and Laney Smith, whose lives were deeply touched by his values and affection; and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Olivet Presbyterian Church in memory of the Carr family, Olivet Presbyterian Church, 2575 Garth Rd., Charlottesville, Va. 22901. A reception will be held for family and friends at Farmington Country Club.

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