A funeral service celebrating the life of Billie Jane Richards Carr,85, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2022, at Central Assembly of God, 700 US-80, Haughton, Louisiana. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial to follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery, 5185 Swan Lake Spur, Bossier City, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Pastor Jeff Gravis and Ken Richmond.
Billie, or “mom Carr” as friends and family knew her went to be with the Lord early in the morning on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. She was born on March 13, 1937, in Greenville, Tennessee, where she spent her childhood. As the oldest of seven children on a family farm, there was always work to be done.
After graduating from high school in Greeneville, Tennessee, Billie spent some time living with family in Baltimore, Maryland, until she decided to accompany her brother on his military venture to Shreveport, Louisiana. It was in Shreveport that she would meet the love of her life and husband of 62 years, Gaines Carr. They married in 1960 and raised two sons in the Shreveport, Louisiana, area. As a young adult, Billie worked outside the home for a very short time until she ultimately decided that the highest, most honorable job God would call her to do would be to care for her husband, children, and household. She spent her life as a homemaker, serving her family and caring for her home with the utmost love, joy, and pride.
Although Mom Carr was 85 years old, she never considered herself to be a day over “50-ish”. She worked from sunup to sundown, taking care of her home, cooking delicious meals, and tending to her great-grandchildren in any way that she could help. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her granddaughter and her great-grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. Mom Carr was actively involved with her church, where she regularly prayed for people at the alters. While some would have considered her to be a rather quiet person by nature, she was known by her church family for her bold, confident prayers. She loved Jesus, and she loved to pray for people. She loved to tell stories of praying for people throughout her lifetime and how God was always faithful in answering her prayers. Mom Carr is described by those who knew her as a “beautiful, Godly lady.” She always put others’ needs before her own, and she even spent her last days preparing a delicious home-cooked meal for her family. She took pride in the wonderful meals and desserts she made, and she will always be remembered for them. Mom Carr was a wonderful example and a blessing to so many. She is loved and will be greatly missed.
Billie is preceded in death by her parents, Howard Richards and Hazel Gibson Richards, and husband, Gaines Carr. She is survived by her children, Terry Carr and Mitchell Carr and wife, Kimberly; granddaughter, Alecia Fohl and husband, Byron; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings, Dannie Richards and wife, Helen, Geraldine Irons and husband, Richard, Karen Hobba, Gail Richards, Mary Margaret Lane, and Jeffrey Richards.
Honoring Billie as pallbearers will be Terry Carr, Mitchell Carr, Kolten Boothe, Keaton Boothe, Robby Self, Ken Austin, Vic Garrett, Sam Harvey, Denny Ray Savannah, and David Phagan. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Byron Fohl, Andrew Fredieu, and Jeff Brown.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be made to Central Assembly of God’s Building Fund, https://centralhaughton.com/give.
For those who cannot attend in person, we welcome you to join the service live at http://centralhaughton.com/media.