Funeral services for Dr. Ronald Keith Carr, age 76, of Cookeville, Tennessee, formerly of Livingston will be conducted 12 noon, Friday, February 23, 2018 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Randy Pickens will officiate. Burial will be in the Eckel Cemetery in Rickman. The family will welcome friends on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Dr. Ronald Keith Carr passed from this life on Monday evening, February 19, 2018 at his home. He was born in Overton County to the late Willie V. & Ora Edith Benson Carr. Dr. Carr was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a gentleman farmer. He enjoyed raising donkeys, riding his tractor, and bush hogging the neighbors' fields.
From a family of teachers, Dr. Keith Carr graduated from Lenore City High, and then he attended Tennessee Tech University, where he received his Masters degree in Biology in 1970. He received his PHD in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1985. Dr.Carr worked in Analytical Research at Vanderbilt University for many years and taught school at U.T. Nashville and Tennessee State University until his retirement. After his retirement, he went on to build a house on his farm in Smith County, Tennessee, where he enjoyed working until his death.
Dr. Ronald Keith Carr is survived by his brother, Billy Joe Carr & wife Gail of Alpine, TN; grandson, Michael Carr McMillan of Franklin, TN; former wife & long time friend, Gay Carr Weaver & husband Richard Weaver; son-in-law, Scott A. McMillian of Nashville, TN; nieces, Lisa Gay Carr of Texas & Lorelei Rutledge & Heaven Harvey of Colorado; nephews, Donny L. Carr of Texas & Dane Luckfelt of Colarado.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Carr was preceded in death by his daughter, Eva Lynnette Carr & brother, Donald Lee Carr.
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your loved one. And remember that "God is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalms 34:18) May the Bible's promises comfort and strengthen you during this most difficult time.
Thank you for being a wonderful uncle, who all of us ran to when you came to visit. You gave me great pride in life. I found myself bragging about you often throughout my life.
Dr. Carr worked on the Tylenol project .
They gave him a lab of his own to find the ingredient that was causing deaths .He was a good man and I'm proud to say my friend .
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