CHARLOTTE, NC (June 5, 2017) – James A. Carr, Jr. passed away into the presence of our Lord June 1, 2017 after a brief illness. He was surrounded in death, as he was in life, by friends and his beloved family.
Mr. Carr is preceded in death by his parents, Mae Manson Carr and James A. Carr, his sister, Leila Freeman, and his son, Pastor Jim Carr. He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Robin Carr of Charlotte, son Scott Carr and his wife, Susan, of Charlotte, Jim’s widow, Vickie Carr of Charlotte, daughters Kathryn Carr Warner and her husband, John, of Asheville, and Barbara Carr Woodall of Charlotte. He is also survived by nine grandchildren of whom he was ever proud: Jamie Warner, Erin Warner Guill, Aaron Carr, Camie Carr James, Beth Carr, Alex Carr Harris, Stephen Woodall, Sam Warner and Morgan Carr, as well as four great-grandchildren: Jaedon Carr, Ryleigh James, Madeline Warner and Zion Carr.
He was born on December 20, 1926, to the late Mae Manson Carr and James A. Carr in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he spent his childhood. There he grew up across the street from his eventual wife of almost 66 years, Robin Wood Carr. Mr. Carr served in the U.S. Army in Japan from 1945-1946. He attended Yale University and Virginia Tech before graduating from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in New York City, then worked in the corporate world for 20 years before co-founding Bonded Distribution in 1972, a warehousing and logistics business, in Charlotte with Robin Carr. Bonded Distribution, renamed Bonded Logistics in 2001, celebrated its 45th anniversary on February 1 of 2017. Mr. Carr, or “Mr. C” as he was called at work, remained passionate about the business and maintained an office and a presence at Bonded until his death. Its legacy continues under the leadership of two of his children, Scott Carr and Barbara Woodall.
Besides the two passions of his life, his family to whom he was devoted, and his business, Bonded Distribution, Mr. Carr was a Renaissance man with avid curiosity, a delicious sense of humor, and many interests that kept him young. His storytelling was full of great detail and entertained all. At 75, he began taking art classes at UNC-Charlotte and rekindled a lifelong interest in art that had taken a back seat to his career. He loved music, anything ‘Peanuts’ by Charles Schulz, enjoyed tennis for many years, and always had a stack of books by his side. Despite all that he did and all of his interests, he never made one feel that he was too busy. He would drop what he was doing and give any member of his family his full attention. While he – Jim, Dad, Gramps, Mr. C. – will be greatly missed, we are ever grateful for his long and full life, and for his presence in our lives.