Criss Carr Jr., 94, of Morgantown, entered Heaven on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Mapleshire Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness.
Criss was born July 24, 1924, to the late Criss Carr and Bertha Kesling in Gassaway. He served on the USS Wichita in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater.
In 1946, he married the late Mary Jane Keener. Over the years, they resided in Clarksburg, Grantsville, Flatwoods and Morgantown. He retired in 1979 after working 33 years for Hope Gas Co. as a welder.
Criss and Mary belonged to the National Foxhunters Association and spent many hours participating and competing in foxhound dog shows. While living in Grantsville, he served as president of the local foxhunters association. He was also instrumental in obtaining public telephone service in Calhoun County.
In Morgantown, he was an active member of the Community United Methodist Church. One of his joys was participating in the church choir.
Criss was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 66 years, Mary Jane Carr.
He is survived by two sons, Ralph Melvin (Martha) Carr, of Darlington, S.C., and J. Keith Carr (Carolyn), of Morgantown.
Grandchildren include Michael (CJ) Carr, of Little Rock, S.C., Mary Ellen (Shawn) Tunstall, of Darlington, Amy Carr, of Morgantown, Jonathan (Wendy) Carr, of Bridgeport, Jeffrey (Jessica) Carr, of Morgantown, and Carrie (Charlie) Hall, of Morgantown.
Great-grandchildren include Ashley Tunstall, Nicholas Tunstall, Crisofer Carr, Josie Law, Anthony Carr, Allison Carr, Adam Carr, Hallie Hall, Henry Hall, Annabelle Goddard and Joey Goddard.
He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Susan Carr, of Frametown; a brother-in-law, Gerald Hott, of Gaithersburg, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, June Robinson, Joy Rollyson and Gratton Carr.
Friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., from 5-7 p.m. Monday, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, until the 11 a.m. service with the Revs. Lisa Crone and Neil Leftwich officiating. In accordance with his wishes, Criss will then be cremated and inurned in the family cemetery in Braxton County.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Criss’s memory to the Community United Methodist Church, 1966 Grafton Road, Morgantown, WV 26508.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the congregation of the Community United Method-ist Church for their endless displays of love. Sincere thanks also to the staff of Mapleshire Nursing Home, especially to those in the acute rehab care section. He felt blessed by your care.