WHITE HALL — Our beloved Franke L. Carr, 63, passed from this earth into eternity on March 25, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wis. Franke was born on July 27, 1949, in Pine Bluff, Ark., and was the 12 child of 16 children, born to the late Andrew J. Carr II and Ethel Ingraham Carr.
Franke was a graduate of C. P. Coleman High School in Pine Bluff, Ark., where he was an All State football player and track star. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and also served in the United States Army in the Military Police division. He later attended the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Franke was employed with the Milwaukee County Department of Human Services for 28 years before he retired. When he returned to Arkansas, he found great joy and satisfaction in being able to volunteer as a track and football coach at Watson Chapel High School; a school in the same district where he participated in high school athletics. He stressed to the young men the importance of possessing the traits of integrity and character in life.
He made a public confession of his hope in Christ at an early age at St. Peters Rock Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark. He later united with the New Testament Church in Milwaukee, where he was actively involved in the Choir and the Sports ministry as a coach and remained a member until moving to White Hall, Ark., in 2005.
Upon returning to Arkansas, he united with the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He also served as the Area Deacon of the Greeters, Youth Department, and Drama Ministries and was actively involved with the Adult Choir, New Members Orientation, Vocation Bible School, and Kitchen ministries until he was called home.
All who knew Franke knew that he dearly loved the Lord, his family, and others. At our annual family reunions, he always reminded his family members of the importance of salvation and having a relationship with the Lord. He and his wife Freddie enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren and made trips to visit them in Milwaukee as often as they could.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers; Andrew J. Carr III, (Martha), Roland Carr, Willie Carr, Matthew Carr, Lecolia Carr, and Tommy Carr; and one sister, Bessie Carr Chatman. He is survived by his wife, Freddie Carr (nee Spears), Pine Bluff, two daughters; Pamela Carr Johnson (Gary), and Keli Carr Cathey (Mark); two granddaughters; Layah and Nia, all Milwaukee; six brothers; Clarence Carr ( Rose), Altadena, Calif., Patterson Carr (Annie), Maumelle, Ark., Eddie Carr (Annette), Memphis Tenn., Morris Carr and Paul Carr, Pine Bluff, Ark., and Selwyn Carr, Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters; Revela Carr Baker (Robert) Chicago, Ill., Jessie Carr, Memphis, Tenn., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
His services will be 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Pleasant Grove MBC by Pastor Julius R. Malone. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Memorial Garden by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Family Hour will Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state at the church from 11:15 a.m. until time of service.
The family will be at 24 Heritage Park Drive, White Hall, Ark. 71602.
Online Register: www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.