Eloise Thomas Carr, 92
Eloise and Herman ... Herman and Eloise. It is nearly impossible to relate the life story of one without naming the other in the same phrase. Married in December 1950, the two were almost inseparable for nearly seventy years and most poignantly in the last eight years of Eloise's life as she experienced and gracefully managed an increasingly debilitating disease. In the final years of Eloise’s illness, as so throughout their marriage, Herman was Eloise's constant companion and, when finally called for, her care-giver, her protector and her outspoken advocate. And Eloise, throughout her own very active life, was Herman's soft-spoken but equally strong partner in both marriage and family life and his intimate confidante, dance partner, and ultimate cheerleader.
The Herman J. Carr family announces the passing and also celebrates the long and fulfilled life of Eloise Thomas Carr, who died peacefully on Friday, September 4, 2020, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center in Whiteville. In addition to her husband, Herman, Mrs. Carr is survived by two sons, Joe and Tommy; a daughter, Judy; her daughter-in-law, Arimar; her son-in-law, Mike; many loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are spread across the country coast to coast; and many neighbors, longtime family friends, nurses, and nursing assistants who have acted these last years as earthly angels to Mrs. Carr and to her family.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at Chadbourn Memorial Cemetery; Reverend Dr. David Vess will officiate the service. The service will be live streamed on the Worthington Funeral Home Facebook Page, beginning at 10:50 a.m.
Eloise Thomas Carr first arrived in Chadbourn in 1949, following her graduation from Meredith College, to begin her career as a first grade-teacher at Chadbourn Primary School. Known then simply as “Miss Thomas,” a name by which she is even still referred by some of her former students, she met and married Herman, and together they remained in Chadbourn to raise their family.
A devoted member of Chadbourn Baptist Church, Mrs. Carr taught children's Sunday School classes for many years. In addition, she served as director of multiple church activities, served as a Cub Scouts den mother and a Brownie Scouts leader and cookie drive chairwoman, and was a longtime community volunteer and tutor.
Mrs. Carr was a native of Weldon, Halifax County, North Carolina, the only daughter of the late Cyrus and Geraldine Primm Thomas and the cherished sister to four brothers.
The family acknowledges grateful thanksgiving for extended family and close friends and for their many kind deeds and prayers, both past and presently, and for their warm expressions of condolence. The family further suggests that in lieu of flowers that any persons wishing to do so may make memorial gifts to any charities of choice.
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