Benjamin Forrest Carr

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Benjamin Forrest Carr

“God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around you, and whispered “Come with me.”

On the morning of July 02, 2018 at the VA Hospital in Clarksburg, WV, Benjamin Forrest Carr was carried home in the arms of the angels.

Benny was born September 22, 1938 in Wilsie, WV.

He attended Wilsie Grade School and Gassaway High School graduating with the class of 1956. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Paris, France. He was honorably discharged from the service on October 27, 1961. After returning to the States, he worked for Equitable Gas as a plant operator until his retirement at the age of 58.

Ben’s interests were many. He was a stonecutter, basket maker, and award winning woodworker. Several of his items were juried in to Tamarack in Beckley, WV. However, his passion was music. Ben was a familiar face at the music festivals in West Virginia that celebrated “old-time music”. Ben won several awards in the category of old-time and claw hammer banjo. In the Spring 2016 edition of The Goldenseal Ben was featured in a story written by his daughter Marketa Smith entitled, “Ben Carr and His Banjo” that explained how Ben’s love of music started at a very early age. Ben was a member of the bluegrass gospel group “Brothers in Christ” along with Ronnie Lane and Mark Murphy. Benny, along with fellow band members Ed Rexroad, Jim Tucker, and Joe Nutter formed the group “The Variety Pack”. For twelve years the group entertained music lovers at the John Skidmore Truck Stop singing country, bluegrass, and old-time music.

Benny was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Lucy June and Olen Robinson and sister, Charlene and father, Forrest Dunlap.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda of Frametow, WVn. Also left behind to cherish his memory are daughters, Molly (Ed) Martin of Fairmont, Elia Gomez of Orlando, FL, Marketa (Rodney) Smith of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and Khanisha (Robert) Hervey of Katy, Texas. Ben is also survived by his uncle, Chriss “Bubby” Carr; and nephew, Raymond (Cathy) Dobbins. The pride and love he felt for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was evident in the way he spoke of them. Grandpaw Ben will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Jessica (Tim) Lowe, Josie Martin, Madison Gomez, Tai Gomez, Keseling Smith, Haardt Hervey, Barrett Hervey, and West Hervey and great-grandchildren, River Minnich, Oliver Minnich and Lyla Lowe. He is also survived by stepson Michael (Christina) Loving of Little Birch, WV and their son, Maddux.

Ben was a member of Hope Baptist Church at Frametown, WV where a celebration of his life was held 10 AM Saturday, July 07, 2018 with Pastor Allen Donaldson officiating.

Interment followed at the Dickey Cemetery in Frametown.

Family and friends were received at the church on Friday, July 06, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV which is honored to serve the Carr Family.

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