Katie Louise Calhoun Carr

Published 7:00 pm Monday, June 11, 2018

Katie Louise Calhoun Carr, age 92, of Vicksburg passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018. She was the only child born to the late Carl Calhoun and Will Avery Head Calhoun on May 10, 1926, in Mount Olive.

Louise attended Mount Olive High School before attending the University of Southern Mississippi, where she became a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.  She graduated with a degree in history education and taught high school in Purvis.

She married George Elbert Carr in 1948.  George and Louise made their home in Mount Olive and welcomed two daughters, Beverly Claire and Sheila Louise. 

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In 1961, the Carr family moved to Vicksburg, where Louise lived until her death.  She was an active member of Hawkins United Methodist Women, Pi Alpha Kappa, Good Shepherd Community Center, and various bridge clubs. She volunteered at Shady Lawn Nursing Home as their Sunday pianist. Most importantly, she was a stay-at-home mother who devoted her time and love to her two daughters.

Louise lost her husband of 66 years, George Elbert Carr, on Sept. 27, 2014.

She is survived by her two daughters, Beverly Carr Cotton (David) of Vicksburg and Sheila Carr Rees (Gavin) of Starkville; one granddaughter, Jennifer Rees Wilkinson (Geoff) of Louisville, Ky.; and two great-grandchildren, Rees Alan Wilkinson and Savannah Kate Wilkinson.

Louise was also a loving step-grandmother to April Walker (Kirk) of Madison; Leigh Sherwin (Byron) of Vicksburg; Mary Beth Radford of Jackson; Brandi Aldridge of Vicksburg; and Adam Cotton of Raleigh, N.C.; and numerous step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Fisher Funeral Home in Vicksburg on Wednesday, June 13, from 9 to 11 a.m.

A service will immediately follow led by the pastor of Hawkins United Methodist Church, Sally Bevill. Louise will be laid to rest at the Mount Olive Cemetery in Mount Olive, at 4 p.m.

Pallbearers are Dwight Carr of Mount Olive; Joe Carr of Lumberton; Larry Carr of Flora; Charlie Carr of New Orleans, La.; Mike Carr of Cottondale, Ala.; William Head of Madison; and Robert Johnson of Mount Olive.

Special thanks from the family is extended to all who cared for Louise during the past four years of her life, Carolyn Parson, Diane Walker, Annie Mae Houston, Hannah Cormier, Sue Evans, Darlene Hoben, Debra Marshall and Catherine Jones.

Memorials to Louise’s lifelong church, Hawkins United Methodist Church, 3736 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180, are appreciated in lieu of flowers.